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Hi everyone! I'm fairly new to making soap, and brand new to this forum! So far, I am partial to coconut oil in my soaps. What are your favorite oils/butters and why? Looking forward to learning a lot from all of you experienced soapers!
 

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-I love coconut and PKO for bubbles and hardness.
-I love castor for the oomphy enhancement it brings to my lather made by coconut and PKO.
-I love lard for the creamy body it lends to my lather and for slowing trace down.
-I love tallow for the hardness it lends.
-I love olive for it's gentleness, eventual hardness, and the certain 'body' it contributes to my lather in certain doses.
-I love cocoa butter, kokum butter, mango butter, and illipe butter for the hardness and creaminess they lend to certain of my formulas, such as my shaving formula for example.
-I love rice bran for it's contribution of linoleic acid to certain of my formulas.


I don't use all of the above in every batch, mind you, but they all do get used in my various formulas.


IrishLass :)
 

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I love CO and OO along with a variety of butters for the nice thin batters that let me make swirls.
 

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All of the above as IrishLass stated except Olive Oil and Mango butter, with the addition of my all time favorite which is Avocado. I love everything about Avocado, next in line would be Sunflower High Oleic.
 

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I'm the first of the lard folks! I win the forum award :)

Seriously, lard - LOVE IT.

Other oils I normally use:
Olive - good for a non-stripping oil. Sometimes sub it for Pumpkin or Avocado or Hemp
Castor - good for bubbles in small amounts
CO/PKO: I like to combo these for a total of 15-20% for bubbles
Shea: I like this in small amounts to add some serious conditioning. I keep it small to stop the butter from killing my bubbles.

I live in a dry area that's hard on my skin so I tailor my soap for myself.

ETA: I need to crush on lard for a sec. It's inexpensive and easily accessible. It slows trace. It makes a creamy, rich lather. It makes a hard bar. There aren't DOS concerns with it. It makes a white bar. It makes a long lasting bar.
 
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I have used lard in a couple of batches now. They are still curing though, so I haven't tried them yet
 

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My favorite oils are (in priority order):

Lard
CO
Castor
OO
 

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I love the basics: Coconut, lard, olive oil, castor oil

Im a big fan of sweet almond oil, which puts me back in the oddball camp :)

Im sort of neutral on palm oil, but Im am one of those weirdos who likes a little red palm in some recipes for color.
 

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Like everyone else, LARD.

Then CO, olive, avocado, castor, all for the reasons people have stated.

The two oils which are irreplaceable to me are lard and castor. The rest I could do work-arounds.
 
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I love tallow and also love sweet almond oil over olive. It's a neutral color over olive and has a slightly higher conditioning number than olive. I love the home rendered tallow I make because the butcher throws in pork trimmings...it's a blend of tallow and lard. Though I don't always know the percentages precisely of what to what, it's appx a 70% tallow to 30% lard without the additives store bought lard has. Love it! When I do this I use the tallow sap numbers and account for the lard in there mixed brings the superfat down no more than 1/2-1%. So I keep this in mind (and don't sell)
 

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I am new too in soap making world and using these oils
Olive oil
coconut oil
shea butter
almond oil (I love to ad it in all my soaps)
caster oil
I never heard about Lard and its not available in my country .
Tallow (I am planning to use it now as I heard a lot about it )
 

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I like SAO fine, but I can't buy it locally, so OO wins for convenience. When I order lyes, I get some, though.
 

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-I love coconut and PKO for bubbles and hardness.
-I love castor for the oomphy enhancement it brings to my lather made by coconut and PKO.
-I love lard for the creamy body it lends to my lather and for slowing trace down.
-I love tallow for the hardness it lends.
-I love olive for it's gentleness, eventual hardness, and the certain 'body' it contributes to my lather in certain doses.
-I love cocoa butter, kokum butter, mango butter, and illipe butter for the hardness and creaminess they lend to certain of my formulas, such as my shaving formula for example.
-I love rice bran for it's contribution of linoleic acid to certain of my formulas.


I don't use all of the above in every batch, mind you, but they all do get used in my various formulas.


IrishLass :)
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..." I can't help but feel that you are channeling Elizabeth Barrett Browning here. :wink:
 

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I like SAO fine, but I can't buy it locally, so OO wins for convenience. When I order lyes, I get some, though.

What is SAO?

Eta: Lol @ myself. Sweet almond oil?
 
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