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ibct1969

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Hi from warm and sunny Colorado!

After making several batches using recipes, I'd like to try one based on the oils and frozen goat milk I already have. I was hoping to get some feedback before I do. I will attach it. Instead of the water, I was planning on using frozen goat milk. Please let me know what you think. Thanks in advance.

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Hard bar, very cleansing. I myself would use less coconut just because of my skin.
Looks like about a 7% lye discount ( superfat) and 30% lye concentration. Should go fairly fast with that amount of coconut too.

I get a lasting number of 25.8 which isn't bad. Less coconut could also raise that number while lowering the cleansing factor.

It should make soap in about 4 to 6 weeks.
 

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Hard bar, very cleansing. I myself would use less coconut just because of my skin.
Looks like about a 7% lye discount ( superfat) and 30% lye concentration. Should go fairly fast with that amount of coconut too.

I get a lasting number of 25.8 which isn't bad. Less coconut could also raise that number while lowering the cleansing factor.

It should make soap in about 4 to 6 weeks.
Thanks Steve! Would you then increase the olive, or the shea when reducing the coconut to make it less drying?
 

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I would decrease the castor to 5% and the coconut to 20% and add those to the olive. Just my personal preference. And castor can make it a bit sticky over 5%. Otherwise looks good!
 

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I would decrease the castor to 5% and the coconut to 20% and add those to the olive. Just my personal preference. And castor can make it a bit sticky over 5%. Otherwise looks good!
No sticky soap for me! Thank you!
 

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I agree, lower the castor to 5%. If coconut isn't an issue for your skin (it isn't for mine) try lowering it to 20-25%. I'd also up the shea butter to 5%, and add the remaining percentage to the olive oil. Good luck!
 

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With that low amount of shea, it makes me think that a recipe process called for adding it at trace with the superfat - generally in soap any oil at less than 5% is not going to be noticed, especially in this case where lard and shea are so similar and there is a lot of lard.

If you have made soaps from a recipe with this much coconut and that much superfat, and you like them, I would keep it that way. If the other soaps always had lower amounts, I would lower it.

I am thinking about 55% lard, 5% castor, your chosen coconut amount and the balance in olive
 

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Those with more experience than I have have given you the best possible advice already.
I'm a lardite so I would have gone more towards that oil - my personal choice.
You go with what you want this time and learn what you really do like in your soap.
This is more an artform than a science. We all use different brushstrokes (oils).
 

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My skin loves it's shea butter. I would suggest bumping that up to at least 5%, while subtracting it from the coconut oil, so you can actually feel some of it. I'd take the rest of the 6.6% from the coconut oil and add it to the lard. I can't always use lard (I break out on my face) but it really makes a nice soap.

Generally, I agree with the others about how you like your coconut oil in your soap and capping that castor oil to 5% (it makes the soap sticky).
 
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