Oh Lard, What's That Smell?

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Been soaping for about a year now, exclusively shaving soaps, and ran out of beef tallow. Thought I substitute lard in a recipe since the lard was easily obtainable. Oh god it stinks!

Hate to waste the KOH and stearic acid, but this batch has to be dumped.
 

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Whoa! Not so fast!

The smell can be covered by almost any fragrance or essential oil. What about rebatching it with some smell good?
 
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I agree, I wouldn't toss it. The only time I get a piggy smell is if it over cooked/heated. But with a FO or EO I the mix it will cure out generally.
 

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I have the opposite problem. I make all my batches with lard and never have any odor issues. I made one batch with tallow and it stinks. I rebatched it and it still stinks. I should have used a stronger scent. Not sure what to do with it now. I don't want to rebatch it again.
 

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I have the opposite problem. I make all my batches with lard and never have any odor issues. I made one batch with tallow and it stinks. I rebatched it and it still stinks. I should have used a stronger scent. Not sure what to do with it now. I don't want to rebatch it again.
I hate rebatching. I shred soap up and use it as confetti in a couple of other batches. Just make sure to use a strong contrasting color. That way you can claim you meant to do that.
 

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I hate rebatching. I shred soap up and use it as confetti in a couple of other batches. Just make sure to use a strong contrasting color. That way you can claim you meant to do that.
I've never done this, so it might be a good time to try. So do you basically just add shreds to the bowl and mix in right before you pour into the mold?
 

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Yes, pretty much. I've found I can use a maximum of one part soap shreds to two parts new soap. Any more than that and you get clumping and your bars will be weak and crumbly.
 

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Also the lardy smell does fade away after a good cure. I made some lard soaps over a year ago that smelt absolutly horrid for a good couple months. I found a bar on the shelf a couple weeks ago and man is it good. No piggy smell, just the FO I used. This prompted me to make a few more batches of lard soap to be "forgotten" about for the next year or so.

But yeah during the making process boy does it smell bad. All the lard I have found here smells so piggy even before I melt it
 

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I was going to suggest waiting for the lard odor to fade, also.
 

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Not to forget that shaving soaps are cooked and often hot because of the stearic acid - heating lard too much brings out the stank
 

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I've found replacing tallow with lard in shaving soap not to be very good. It just didn't have the same slip, I ended up tossing it.
 
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