I’m going to attempt a pine tar/charcoal soap. I was thinking 10% pine tar with 2 tsp charcoal PPO. I’ve read the tar makes soft bars so I was thinking a 60% lard recipe with olive, coconut, and castor making up the rest. What do you think? Thanks!
That makes sense. I’m going to add the pine tar to the olive oil and get the other oils to light trace and then mix by hand with the olive oil and tar. Seems like that’s the most recommended way.Yes, that can be tempting. But it really is better to try one new ingredient at a time. That allows you to evaluate what that specific ingredient brings to the table. Otherwise, how do you know which ingredient did what?
Also, pine tar is tricky to work with due to how fast it thickens the batter. Charcoal is also known for thickening the batter (unless you use decelerating EOs or FOs), so combining them into one recipe is a rather advanced technique. Having used both types of soap before, I'd not be inclined to mix them, at least, not for the first go-round.
Do you have any small tester molds? Try making a 1lb batch of pine tar soap, and another one of the same recipe, minus the pine tar but with the AC added. Let them both cure and see what you think. You may find that one or the other is good as-is. If not, then at least you have some experience with getting the pine tar batter into the mold. It moves pretty fast!
I remember the first time making pine tar soap. My notes said the batch would trace in 27 seconds... and it did! LOLIf not, then at least you have some experience with getting the pine tar batter into the mold. It moves pretty fast!
My advice is to bring the batch to light trace and then add the (warmed) pine tar. Think of it as an "additive" - it has no fatty acids or SAP value. In either case, @AliOop is spot on ... be ready to pour.I’m going to add the pine tar to the olive oil and get the other oils to light trace and then mix by hand with the olive oil and tar.
Only time will tell. You'll be the judge of that. I'm glad it turned out okay for you.will this be soft with the pine tar?
I used Bickmore brand which is way more fluid than others. It also says 100% pure light pine tar on the can. When I bought some for my horses it was the brand withe yellow horse shoe. That stuff was like roofing tar so maybe that’s the difference?It's interesting to me to see the variation in color for PT soap. Mine has always been a deep blackish brown (10% PT), but other people's PT soap turns out more of a medium brown like yours. I assume the color varies some because PT is often made from wood scraps which aren't going to be 100% consistent, but I don't know that for a fact.
Mine too -- I buy this one locally Pine Tar. Use rate: 20% because my research indicated that to be the optimum % for eczema, psoriasis, dandruff. My wholesale customer in Alabama sold it "under the table" -- mostly to their black customers. I sent a batch to my Mom and a few friends in assisted living in Phoenix. The feedback wasn't all that great. Mom's friends were underwhelmed.Mine has always been a deep blackish brown (10% PT),
20% because my research indicated that to be the optimum % for eczema, psoriasis, dandruff...
Hey DeeAnna!So, Zany, can you shed some enlightenment on this matter -- why is 20% measurably better than 10% or 5%?
The feedback wasn't all that great. Mom's friends were underwhelmed.