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Saintlysoaper

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Just thought I'd share my latest soap success which turned out be a happy accident. About three weeks ago I made not one, but two batches of slightly different soaps each (I thought) containing 10% coconut oil. Turns out I had picked up a large container of Shea butter instead of coconut which, believe me looks identical to the lower grade CO I now use. These soaps are now proving to be the extra mild type I was after as they contain no coconut oil at all but I would never have tried this deliberately.

Good thing I actually noticed my mistake right before I was about to make 100% coconut oil soap which would have been, er, 100% Shea butter.:oops::rolleyes:
 

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Surprisingly, not too bad. In the first week, it was pretty low but it has definitely gotten better and some good sized bubbles can be worked up in amongst a more creamy dense lather. I am hoping It will improve even more though in the next 5 weeks. They all contain yoghurt too and a fair amount of castor oil.
 

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Note also that your resulting superfat is lower than intended, due to the difference in SAP values for CO and Shea.
 

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Yes that's true. i had the superfat at 6% but it now equates to 3%. Again, something I would never have done but it does still seem okay.
Next time I make it I will just go to 5% to avoid cutting the bubbles as much as possible.
 

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Isn't it great when those "mistakes" turn out well? Instead of just an expensive learning experience? lol
 

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I'm curious about you saying they looked the same. Is your CO crumbly, or is your shea really hard and waxy?
 

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Both of them are a light cream colour and a dense creamy texture. I had previously only ordered Shea butter from one other supplier and that was still soft but grainy. This is also the first time I have tried a grade of CO other than Virgin food grade.
 

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