I need to make a correction because it sounds as if I don't like tallow or it doesn't agree with my skin. I like tallow but prefer lard--less expensive and no smell in fat form compared to tallow. It's the detergent that's wretched."......I have actually (years ago) looked up various soaps and compared the ingredients--detergents, detergents, detergents (lol) and my skin hates these and tallow. ...."
Oooops, I should've created two separate sentences. Detergents and my skin don't agree; I haven't used bar 'soap' in almost 45 years. The liquid 'detergent' cleansers also reak havoc on my skin so I've been using shampoo in place of bar or liquid body wash. It's not a whole lot better but some is better than the results of syndet/combars---owwwwww. Retirement has allowed me to make my own soap--real soap.
Jasmine is just awfulllllll, but not for the reason stated for me--allergic!! Lol, a relative who is quite dear to dear to my heart loves jasmine so I thought I'd make her some soap. Oh my goodness!!! was I sick for a week afterwards. I finally had to move the soap to a back room that's not used in our home and shut the door (forever, well at least until the soap was ready to give away).Re: detecting/not detecting a piggy smell:
I find that noses are very individual things in what scents they can and cannot detect, such as folks that cannot stand to smell jasmine flowers because they smell like cat pee to them, etc...
I never knew some thought it smells like cat pee, lol. I actually like the smell; my body, however, takes it to be an invader.
WoW that's outrageous!Cjennmom, lard might be cheap in the US, but not in Australia, it's $18kg. I'm certainly not going to pay $18kg for fat. They keep it in the refrigerated section in the supermarket.
There are no Walmarts here, no slaughter yards in the city either. A lot of supermarkets while they keep meat, do not have instore butchers. I've been making soap quite a while, I know how to render fat. We use to have a butcher shop, the trimmings/fat and bones got collected, lever and kitchen use to get the fat for soap and the bones got crushed for fertilizer.
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