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honor435

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I made some black canyon(hp) soap with black oxide, added one cup of colored to the pot, it looks good, but wondering if I will get dark lather?
 

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My first attempts at a black soap colored with activated charcoal left black drips all over the shower and turned my washcloths black!

Luckily, everything just washed right out. When I cut back on the charcoal, I didn't get the same intense black.

I used 1/4 c. to a 5#(oil) batch.

What size batch are you making?
 

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honor435 said:
I made some black canyon(hp) soap with black oxide, added one cup of colored to the pot, it looks good, but wondering if I will get dark lather?
I'm not quiet sure I understand? One up of colored what? Was the percentage of oxide, based on your total recipe, or just your oils. Exactly how much did you use?

I find bamboo charcoal mixes easier, no spots. I get a nearly white lather and a dark dark soap with 1 Tbsp in a batch with 3600g oils. Doesn't stain the washcloths, walls, or light hair.
 

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Funny, I've not had activated charcoal cause much color drippage - just how much did you use, Best?

Black oxide - oh yeat.
 

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I used about a tablespoon in a cup of cooked soap mixture that I added to a 2 lb batch.
 

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way too much! as you have discovered.

Try activated charcoal next time, maybe with a tiny pinch of the oxide if it's not deep enough black for you - but try first with just the charcoal and you won't get drippy black lather! I don't know why Ms Natural had problems unless she was way over the limit.
 

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I used 4T. to 5 1/2# of oils. My supplier recommends up to 1 Tablespoon per pound of oils.
 

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the lather is fine, and looks good, white with black veining.
 

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I've found also that black oxide just makes a mess, black sludge and grey lather, but charcoal is lovely. And gelled, makes a lovely crisp clear black.
 
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