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Hi folks, I'm new to the forum and discovered it while looking for some information. I've made quite a bit of soap by the M&P method and was looking to have a go at a more traditional lye style method. One snag (& where all traditionality goes out the window :lol: ) is that my fiance is vegetarian and as she likes testing my creations out, I was wondering if anyone knew of a vege friendly alternative to meat based tallow. I have seen mention on the net of a vegetable based tallow, but I have as yet not been able to find a supplier nor am I even sure that it would work in soap making due to the chemical processes involved.

Any help would be very much appreciated :D
 

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Welcome to the forum.
You can replace your tallow with palm oil, just make sure you run it through a soap calc first. There are so many oils to choose from you can experiment to your hearts content and never have to use an animal product.
 

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Hi there Esque from a fellow English (wo)man!

I am veggie and I make soap that turns out lovely without any animal ingredients. I use coconut and palm and I have recently ordered PKO, so looking forward to using that too.

Best of British Luck!!
 
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Welcome! Yes - you can replace tallow with palm oil - and if you don't like that you can experiment with other hard oils and butters like Cocoa butter.
 

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Hi and a big welcome to the forum Esque! :D Another guy who makes soap, cool! We have a lot of guys here making soap.
Yup, as far as "veggie tallow" the above posters are spot on about palm oil. I like my lard/tallow combo in my personal soaps, but make veggie recipes too. Have fun experimenting! Experimenting with various oils, the synergy they produce together is a factor I love about soaping! 8)

Paul :wink:
 

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Thanks for the welcome folks :D I must admit, I was hoping not to use Palm oil as it has an environmental cost all of it's own. I'm just in the process of moving so may not be around for a little while, but as soon as I'm back I'll be getting to grips with soapcalc for sure, although on forst glance it looks somewhat daunting :shock: :lol:

What kind of properties are you looking for when considering a replacement for tallow?? I have a huge amount to learn about real soap making and that would seem to be a good start, at least that way I know what to look for.
 

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Hi there Esque, with regard to the palm oil, if you order the organic palm oil from the soapkitchenonline, it is from a sustainable source, and not from indonesia, where the orangutangs and other endangered species can be made homeless.
Emma.
 

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retropants said:
Hi there Esque, with regard to the palm oil, if you order the organic palm oil from the soapkitchenonline, it is from a sustainable source, and not from indonesia, where the orangutangs and other endangered species can be made homeless.
Emma.
Fantastic, thanks for the link :D
 

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