I think 3% is a good choice. I checked with a friend that's used stearic in CP before. She used 10% and only soaped at 110 so don't know how she didn't end up with soap on a stick! She did also say she wouldn't do it again and would recommend 2-3% so go for it and report back.After messing around with soapcalc, I've decided on 3%. I'll hand mix the lye solution in and hope for the best. I'm wanting to do 2 colors at least but that might be pushing it.
So, educate me--why do you want to add this to CP?What is the max amount of steric you can use in CP before it becomes troublesome?
Where do I learn this? I see videos of all kinds, but really never quite know what state of viscosity is needed for different things. I want to learn--need to-- cause the micas are SHIPPING!!!I tried to do a drop swirl but it was a little too thick so I ended up doing a spoon swirl instead.
Is that the same soy wax that is used for candles?For CP, most folks do say 3% due to the speed at which the stuff saponifies (and then happily emulsifies the rest of the soap).
One solution I found is to use soy wax instead. It's not stearic acid, it's a standard triglyceride. It still saponifies fast, but you do have some time to work with it. It works out to 87% stearic acid, 11% palmitic (on average per SoapCalc) and hardens a bar beautifully.
Overuse kills lather and gives you a bar you could use as a hammer, plus the resulting bar looks waxy. But amounts up to 15% or so do stiffen things nicely.
If you use it, make sure to use a pure soy wax with no fillers or other waxes in it.