Foaming soap recipe with Preservative

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Hello, I make a foaming soap with liquid castile soap, fco, glycerin and distilled water. I've recently learned that all water based products including distilled should have a preservative. Do any of you have a recipe and/or recommendation for the above.
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If you are buying a liquid soap, it should be foaming and preserved as is, or am I misunderstanding what you said?
 

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If you are talking about liquid soap base in foamer bottles, I have made that before. I used a base from Essentials by Catalina, and they recommended using this preservative: http://www.essentialsbycatalina.com/p5p-preservative.asp

It's been awhile since I've done this. I see they now have this as well: http://www.essentialsbycatalina.com/pf-64-preservative.asp which might also work. They are good about responding to questions, so you could email them if this is what you are looking for. It was added to distilled water, prior to mixing the water with the soap base.
 

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IMO, anytime you add water to a product, it will need more preservative as you are diluting the preservative the product contains.
 

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Thank you for the replies.

Have any of you used Germall liquid as a preservative? I would like to go natural if possible. That's what some others recommend.

Can any of you recommend a ph tester that's effective but not too pricey? I've heard the ph strips are unreliable.

Thanks all!
 

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You won't be able to find a natural preservative. Some are certainly eco-cert, but your main priority is to find one that can be used in an alkaline environment.

Do bear in mind that the horrible things we are preserving against are totally natural. I'd rather a tiny amount of a non-natural preservative on my skin than a slathering of dangerous but totally natural bacteria any day of the week
 

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I use liquid Germall Plus in lotion, shampoo and dishwashing liquid.
 

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Thanks for all your suggestions.

So true The Efficacious Gentleman:

Do bear in mind that the horrible things we are preserving against are totally natural. I'd rather a tiny amount of a non-natural preservative on my skin than a slathering of dangerous but totally natural bacteria any day of the week[/QUOTE]

Do most of you just use the ph strips? Do you have a list somewhere of favorite economical supply sources?
 

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pH strips are notoriously inaccurate when measuring the pH of a salt. Soap is a salt occurring from the mixing of the alkali (lye) with acids (oils). Buy a decent pH meter that you can calibrate and study how to use it correctly.
 

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You won't be able to find a natural preservative. Some are certainly eco-cert, but your main priority is to find one that can be used in an alkaline environment.

Do bear in mind that the horrible things we are preserving against are totally natural. I'd rather a tiny amount of a non-natural preservative on my skin than a slathering of dangerous but totally natural bacteria any day of the week
is there a way to tell if a LS has yukkes?
 

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Thanks for all your suggestions.

So true The Efficacious Gentleman:

Do bear in mind that the horrible things we are preserving against are totally natural. I'd rather a tiny amount of a non-natural preservative on my skin than a slathering of dangerous but totally natural bacteria any day of the week
Do most of you just use the ph strips? Do you have a list somewhere of favorite economical supply sources?[/QUOTE]

I use this. Its easy. What you are doing for is a light pink. I use a couple of drops.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004JHDDTA/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20
 
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Is your LS for personal use or for sale?
I don't understand why would you use some in LS?
I dilute my LS quite a bit (for foamer bottles) and it stands around for 4-5 months at the time. It remains crystal clear like the day it was diluted.
 

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Good question Spice!!

Does anyone know if I can just use Suttocide A at a .3 or .4 % rather than doing ph testing? If not, can someone recommend a good, reasonable ph meter?

thanks
 

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Any soap can be used to wash your face as long as it doesn't irritate your facial skin. The recipe is going to make a big difference in the irritation factor, so you need to look less at whether the soap is a liquid KOH soap or a bar NaOH soap or something in between and look more closely at the fatty acid profile instead.
 

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I use both types of soap interchangeably to wash my face, and indeed my whole body. My tolerance of soap has more to do with the ingredients than whether I used KOH or NaOH to make it.
 

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Is your LS for personal use or for sale?
I don't understand why would you use some in LS?
I dilute my LS quite a bit (for foamer bottles) and it stands around for 4-5 months at the time. It remains crystal clear like the day it was diluted.
Where do you buy your foamed bottles, please? Do they last longer than one full bottle of LS?
 

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is there a way to tell if a LS has yukkes?
You would have to have it tested in a lab. I believe someone said that lotioncrafter sells a kit. Unfortunately, things grow before we can even see them so that's why it's so important to properly preserve products we make.
 

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