I would say you can eliminate the shea and add to the lard. But that is just my opinion and I can't promise you won't notice a difference. Lard makes such a lovely soap, I wouldn't miss the shea butter.Afterthought - Can I do without the Shea butter. 5 KG is going to cost me $108.69. (Canadian) I will buy it if it really makes a difference, but if it really isn't THAT much of a big deal, I'd rather not spend all that money.
I think it depends on where you are. Here I can buy my olive oil and sunflower oil locally, and sunflower oil is cheaper. It could be completely different in Montreal.I've been doing some calculating. Could it be that olive oil is cheaper than safflower and sunflower?? Maybe I am doing the math all wrong.
I don't find OO to be particularly expensive for the extra light variety. I can't even get safflower here unless I go to health food store, which of course = $$$$$Can it be?
I've been doing some calculating. Could it be that olive oil is cheaper than safflower and sunflower?? Maybe I am doing the math all wrong.
I have had the same discussion (not about St Joseph) about 'vegetable' oil. I think it is because they don't have a clue.At the Oratory of St. Joseph, I asked the counter lady what kind of oil was St. Joseph's Oil, "Vegetale," she replied. I wanted more specificity. "Quel SORT de vegetale?" I asked. She replied, "Vegetale! Vegetale!" This went on for a while, with her getting more worked up as I asked my question over and over. I finally gave up. I guess it is just plain old vegetable oil.
I would add the shea amount to the lard, use OO rather than Sunflower Oil as it is much cheaper here, pare down the castor oil to 5%, as I have never found any reason that bar soap benefits from more than that. I would add that amount to the olive oil. I would really suggest trying one small (500 mg) batch of soap without the beloved beeswax and cut it up in trial size bars for all the family to try, then ask them if they like it better than the old recipe before committing yourself to it in soap. There are just so many other wonderful products that really do benefit from beeswax.OK! I know you are dying to hear this information, so here goes. I worked this out with ResolvableOwl.
My BIG NEW Recipe:
Olive - 14.43%
Bees wax - 1.86%
Castor Oil - 7.44%
Sunflower - 18.59%
Lard - 34.45%
Shea - 4.65% - Actually, Shea was re-added based on AliOop's posting above.
Afterthought - Can I do without the Shea butter. 5 KG is going to cost me $108.69. (Canadian) I will buy it if it really makes a difference, but if it really isn't THAT much of a big deal, I'd rather not spend all that money.
I’ve never put beeswax in soap so I can’t say what you should or shouldn’t do.For hardness, maybe? I just like the "idea" of bees wax. ;-) Should I not use it?
(Also, I have a ton of it, so I will be using it for a while.)
The lather is very good but I do hope the wax makes the bar deteriorate more slowly. This last batch I just made, I mixed at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It was a smooth mixing process. It does go to trace very quickly.... my concern would be that it would inhibit lather and would feel a little bit weird on the skin. And you’ve acknowledged that using it requires you to have to soap at a very hot temperature. Soaping above 105 degrees would scare the heck out of me. Also, combined with 7% castor oil, that would be a very fast moving recipe.
There are so many options and preferences! If you like your recipe, keep it. I use variations on a theme of 1/3 each of beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil. Sometimes I sub 1 or 2 liquid oil (like jojoba and/or meadowfoam seed) for coconut. Sometimes I add essential oils.
|Lard, Pig Tallow (Manteca)||19.99||11.79||334.36|
|Coconut Oil, 76 deg||8.6||5.07||143.85|
|Palm Kernel Oil||8.16||4.81||136.49|
|Canola Oil, high oleic||27||15.93||451.61|
|Coconut Oil, 76 deg||9||5.31||150.54|
|Palm Kernel Oil||9||5.31||150.54|