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jnl

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the SMB calculator is down so I am using soapcalc.

what do i put for the water amount as % of oils?
 

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i have also heard some people use 60% and some people use 75%

whats the point of using more?

i have only made liquid soap once and it was 100% CO and it seized up on me into a super hard lump that could not be stirred.
 

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This is liquid soap, not bar soap. I prefer to use three times as much water as KOH.
 
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This is liquid soap, not bar soap. I prefer to use three times as much water as KOH.
You are right Susie, I didn't see from the SMF application the section of the forum that the OP posted from, and although the above links that I gave are explaining technical things about water on a bar soap, I guess similar theory would apply in liquid soap too...

You are also mentioning water based on KOH.
 

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In liquid soap, the water determines the consistency of the paste(and the ease of working it and diluting later). I happen to like how it works with KOH:water at 1:3. Gives a much looser paste. It also happens to be the SBM default.
 

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Like Susie, I use a 3:1 water:lye ratio to make my liquid soap paste. Stated another way, that is a 25% lye concentration. Like Nikos, I prefer to use lye concentration, not "water as % of oils".

I've used as low as 2:1 ratio (33% lye concentration) to make the paste, but I regretted doing that -- the paste is so dry and more difficult to work with.
 
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