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Does anyone ever exchange soap recipes on here or are they all proprietary? If they do share recipes where can I find them? Thanks.
 

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Does anyone ever exchange soap recipes on here or are they all proprietary? If they do share recipes where can I find them? Thanks.
Many of us have shared recipes. You just need to go back about 10 pages in the beginners section and will likely find several. Those of us in business dont generally share all out secrets there are many recipes that we have posted in the past that are freely available.

The only thing we frown upon is beginners flat out asking for recipes without doing any research first.

You can also formulate a recipe in soap calc and ask for opinions/assistance. We are always willing to help.
 

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There are lots of recipes on the site. There are subforums called Soap Making Recipes & Tutorials and Bath & Body Recipes & Tutorials. The recipes are pretty much all over, though. You can use the search function. I prefer using Google Search myself. I type "soap making forum" (use the quotes) and whatever I'm looking for.

What types of recipes are you looking for?

You can also try the internet. Swiftcraftymonkey is really good. I have also had good luck with recipes from Majestic Mountain Sage and Brambleberry. My rule of thumb is I don't trust recipes from a more general interest blog or site - if the person posts about making soap today, and making jam tomorrow, then I assume they are not really a specialist. I will do more research or ask here before I attempt the recipe. But if a person blogs a lot about soap, I will trust their soap recipe (always using a lye calculator!)
 

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Thanks so much for the info. I was hoping to find soap recipes from experienced soap makers. Maybe I'll be lucky. :)
 

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As has been said, read back through the first 10 pages of Recipe Feedback and luck won't have anything to do with it. Not only is it chock full of recipe ideas, but also feedback and the reasons for the feedback which tells you why a recipe is good or not, rather than just giving you the recipe alone. It will build a foundation where you no longer need a recipe, because you know more about the oils and what sorts of things work.
 

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Oh my- yes- there are lots of great recipes from our experienced soapers that abound on this site that are eagerly awaiting you at the tip of the search function. I've happily shared a handful myself. For starters, just click on the Advanced Search button, type 'recipe' into the search box, click on 'search titles only' in the drop-down box, and then hit search. You'll have more recipe threads pop up (mostly all of which include a treasure-trove of sage input from our more experienced members- which is worth its weight in gold, btw) than you can shake a stick at! :lol:

Also, like Dixie said, a good place to start is the Recipe/Tutorial section of the forum.


IrishLass :)
 

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The thing with soap making is even if you get someones "best ever" recipe you might find it doesn't suit you because everyone's skin is different.
This also applies if you are selling soap because you want something that differentiates your soap from the rest.
So any recipe you find is going to require modification and experimentation
 

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80% lard
10% coconut
olive / castor to fill in the rest.

Castor wants to be less than 7% for me or it gets "slimey". Beeswax around 2%, sodium citrate and sodium acetate if the recipe is a bit on he soft side. That gives you a place to start in soapcalc or some other lye calculator. Please do post up your recipe with any questions. The more experienced crafters will give good insights.

I actually enjoy the experimentation involved in finding the "right" recipe. I'm not so sure that friends and family share my feelings though.:)
 

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You've been a member since 2010, and you are asking if we give recipes??
Maybe he/she was active off and on.
I find it more strange that someone with that little posts and input to this forum would straight up ask for free recipes.
We all neee to start somehow, but it's not really much of a learning curve if you just end up using other soaper's recipes.
And in the end, it's not really nice. We all used our time and resources to work them out.
 

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I don't think I ever really asked for a recipe. My first soap was a play on one of Anne Watson's recipes and whenever I go back to that soap, I like what I feel and would love to tweek it more to make it a soap I love. I can't wait to try it on it's birthday. We'll both be a full year older then. :mrgreen:
 

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Oh my- yes- there are lots of great recipes from our experienced soapers that abound on this site that are eagerly awaiting you at the tip of the search function. I've happily shared a handful myself. For starters, just click on the Advanced Search button, type 'recipe' into the search box, click on 'search titles only' in the drop-down box, and then hit search. You'll have more recipe threads pop up (mostly all of which include a treasure-trove of sage input from our more experienced members- which is worth its weight in gold, btw) than you can shake a stick at! :lol:

Also, like Dixie said, a good place to start is the Recipe/Tutorial section of the forum.


IrishLass :)
Thanks for explaining how to find recipes on here. I always like looking at new ones and had no idea how to find them on here. It was so hit and miss. I was amazed at what came up when I looked. Thanks
 

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Thanks for explaining how to find recipes on here. I always like looking at new ones and had no idea how to find them on here. It was so hit and miss. I was amazed at what came up when I looked. Thanks
We are happy to help! Please don't hesitate to ask!
 

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Maybe he/she was active off and on.
I find it more strange that someone with that little posts and input to this forum would straight up ask for free recipes.
We all neee to start somehow, but it's not really much of a learning curve if you just end up using other soaper's recipes.
And in the end, it's not really nice. We all used our time and resources to work them out.
Active, is not 22 posts in 6 years.
 

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I don't think I ever really asked for a recipe. My first soap was a play on one of Anne Watson's recipes and whenever I go back to that soap, I like what I feel and would love to tweek it more to make it a soap I love. I can't wait to try it on it's birthday. We'll both be a full year older then. :mrgreen:
My starting recipe was basic one from Soap queen. Everything else, I've tweaked myself.
LS is by IrishLass... Glycerine method one, she shared it willingly and I'll always be grateful, it's an awesome recipe. I tried other oils but keep going back to OO/CO/CastOil one.
 

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Members can be active without posting, i.e. just lurking.
It's different than actually contributing to the forum which was my point.
I did not mean to sound confrontational. I just meant that if someone even casually glances at various threads over 6 years, they should know that recipes are shared constantly, and well discussed with other people saying they tried tweaking it this way or that way, yielding even more recipes.
 

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and just a tip to add to this post is that any and every recipe that you find and would like to try still has to go through a Soap calc just to double check that the numbers are right . I personally would encourage you to learn to formulate you own recipe because there is no feeling like it , the joy and satisfaction of using your own creation [ from idea to fruition ] is unparalleled.
 
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