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Hi!

I am trying to formulate a recipe which produces a soap I can use both to swirl and to make texturised tops.

I am considering 30/30/30/10 Olive/Coconut/Palm/Shea Butter
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30/30/30/5/5 Olive/Coconut/Palm/Caster/Shea Butter

I want an economical base which is easy to work with, produces a hard, moisturising soap with good lather and I like the 'buzz word' Shea Butter.

Has anyone tried recipes similar to either of these or have a similar recipe which works well?

Thanks so much for your time!
 

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I agree with lowering your CO a bit. 30% for most folks is pretty drying depening on your SF.

Also, your recipe may not stay fluid as long as you might like. There's a lot of solid oils/butters in there. Also, adding some castor oil would help.

Lard/Olive/CO/Shea makes a lovely soap that leaves plenty of time to work if you're not adverse to using it.

I certainly hope you aren't selling anything yet.
 
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Thanks to everyone for their help and advice!

I AM NOT TRADING so dont worry! (Think I will change my name on here until I am up and running to avoid confusion) I am learning with a view to trading. I have worked with M+P for 3.5 years and am in the process of switching over to the lye side!

I did think the coconut may be too high so thank you all for confirming this.

So perhaps should I be looking to go closer to 50% with my Olive Oil, 20 Palm and Coconut, 5 Shea, 5 Caster?

Again, Thanks for you help and advice (and concern!)

Hi!

Where can I find this recipe? (Sorry, new to this site!)

Thanks
 
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She posted it then took it down when she thought you were selling. As I would also have.

If you have no objections to using lard, we can give you lots of suggestions on slow tracing recipes.
 

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She posted it then took it down when she thought you were selling. As I would also have.

If you have no objections to using lard, we can give you lots of suggestions on slow tracing recipes.
Hi Susie,

Thanks! TBH I would rather avoid animal products but thank you for the kind offer.

Ashley
 

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I'm sorry but this feels more like a "give me some fishes, I dont want to learn how to fish. No not lard fish! Vegetarian fish!" recipe request.
Check the very bottom of this thread for similar formulation requests.
Learn to use a lye calculator like soap calc or soapee
Check out some oil property lists as seen on Soap Queen. Check out some recipes at www.millersoap.com/

That said, a good basic recipe to start is
55-65% lard (can use palm, but it wont be as luxurious and you wont have as much time for swirls)
15-20% Coconut
5% Castor
the rest in olive oil or similar soft oil (not canola or "vegetable oil")
5% superfat

This recipe gives me lots of time for swirls.
 

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