Oakmoss to Offset the Odor of Lard/Tallow

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  1. Jul 17, 2017 #1

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    Lard and tallow were some of the first soaps I ever made, and they continue to be favorites with family and friends. I even use them in liquid soap. When I was first starting out in this addictive hobby, I had the very good fortune to be on a soaping forum where I learned that Oakmoss covered the odor of tallow and lard in soap. It works! And it doesn't take much to work.

    TIP: Oakmoss Absolute is pricey, and tricky to work with so I dilute it in jojoba oil (long shelf life) to make it user-friendly and easy to measure.

    METHOD
    First warm the absolute by setting the bottle in a glass of hot water until it swirls easily. I warm the jojoba in the microwave in a 2-cup Pyrex to about 100°F (38°C). To create a 10% dilution, I add 1 oz. Oakmoss to 9 oz. jojoba and gently stir for one full minute to get it completely incorporated.

    Allow to cool before pouring into an dark colored glass bottle. I store it with the rest of my supplies in a box on a shelf in my soaping cabinet.

    Use 0.7% (1/4 - 1/2 tsp. PPO)

    Oakmoss is a wonderful blender and fixative to anchor EO blends. I haven't checked in a while, but you may find it in the 10% diluted form. Not sure. You can also try an FO if you find it. I've never used FO, so I can't say if that will work or not.
     
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    I thank you for the advice but I will have to abstain for now. YOu know how Life and bills work.
     
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    :headbanging: <<<BUMP for Biarine and others who don't like the piggy odor of lard.

    OT: We don't seem to have a BUMP emoticon! ???
     
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    I like the one where one emoticon is bumping another, and another, and another -- am I lost in the "good ole days" of soapmaking forums, or what? :lolno:
     
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    Thank you Zany, you are an encyclopedia of soap knowledge! :clap:
     
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    Is that usage rate for the diluted oakmoss? I'll probably eventually try lard in soap, but the lard I've bought (for cooking) had that funky smell to it.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    I love oakmoss absolute as a blender. I was able to get 8oz at a fablous price from a gal that buys in bulk and was selling off some to offset off the price. I treasure it since I will probably never get such a good price again. I love it straight out of the bottle.
     

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