Okay so since I’m very new to this I am still trying to get a grasp on the basic concepts of soaps and soap making in general. And this is something i still dont quite get. I get that a lot of people think of a mild soap as a soap that has a low or neutral ph. But i also get that a soap can not be a soap if its got a neutral ph cause chemistry. So i understand that lowering the lye wont make a mild soap. I also get that adding well, additives wont make a soap mild by lowering the ph because again, chemistry. In so many words thats the right concept, right? A soap can not have a neutral ph because that is not soap. So for making a mild soap we have to think of other things instead of the ph. And here i am talking about soap and not detergents. So what or how can i formulate a mild soap and what exactly are we refering to when we say, for example that castille soap is mild? Is it the clensing? I know coconut is quite cleansing and so making a soap with a high % of coconut will not be mild. Is that right? I have this idea, by reading recipes and coments that oils like olive or avocado make a mild soap, but why is that? In other words what exactly is what i should be looking for (or at) to determine if a soap will be mild? Does it also has to do with its conditioning properties? For example on the original shampoo bar recipe up there, people were calling it a very mild soap, and it is full of oils that are not hard, so is that it? Soft oils make a mild soap? Just to be clear. i am not trying to look in to how to lower the ph of the soap to make it mild because i understand that is not possible. But i dont get what makes a soap mild or what are people talking about when they call a soap recipe mild. Please enlighten me! Haha. Maybe obvious but i dont get it yet. If it makes it easier, i made a chart of the properties of some oils which point to the amount of acids they have (using the soapcalc charts when you select the oils) so pointing me to that numbers are easy to reference for me. I have an idea that that has to do with it? Hope i didnt confuse you cause i might be begining to confuse myself and thanks in advance!