Thank you for your quick response. I have just read about 55 of the 99 threads on shaving soap.Yes.
I give that short answer because there are so many shaving soap threads that pop up that I actually find it strange that you have never seen them and the advice given - because the better ways to make it require a fatty acid, anything other than hot process just doesn't work. As for it being a bar rather than a putty-like substance, the mix of alkali will dictate that
Again, I always want to know your reasoning on these things.
For me, I know that you sell soaps and will want to at some point sell this soap, which makes me not want to actually spoon feed you. But I really fail to see how you got to this recipe and would really love to know. As other people also read these threads, I of course can't just let this sit as a possible viable shaving soap recipe, especially without some kind of context about the back ground of it
Edit - I don't know if you consider my response "welcome" and I don't mind either way. It is helpful, whether or not you think it so.
If you want to sell soaps, you should be formulating good recipes. If you formulate a recipe, you should be able to explain why you arrived at a particular mix of oils
Testing Testing Testing. Who said this was my main source?? So, what would your recommendation be for a basic shaving soap, my dear?Having read that, why did you start off with a 100% NaOH recipe? They quickly move on to at least a mix of more KOH than NaOH.
They also start of from a bad recipe and improve it - the big thread that you have been given links for starts off at a great recipe and goes from there. I don't quite understand why this is your main source? Badger and Blade also has the original work by some of the best shaving soap makers and more recent posts like the silver fox walk through which would be much better starting points.
Thank you for your input. Much appreciated.I've been exclusively shaving soap soaping for a little over a year with about 15 batches so far, all hot processed. I started out with traditional tallow recipes, left the reservation a few times on crazy recipes (wasting ingredients), but have come back to where I started. My thoughts are:
100% KOH is the way to go
Lard is nasty stuff, stay with tallow
Don't get sucked into the fragrance oil rabbit hole until you find your best recipe
Castor oil makes a positive difference
At least 10% glycerin at the end is good (I'll use even more next batch)
My best batch was where I was trying to use up all the partial bottles of ingredients. This is why the percentages are so weird and not rounded. Added 10% Glycerin at the end. The Almond oil addition is weird, but I had it on hand so I used it, so little it probably didn't make a difference?
Stearic Acid 45.73%
Tallow Beef 19.48%
Coconut Oil, 76 deg 14.91%
Castor Oil 4.97%
Shea Butter 4.97%
Cocoa Butter 4.97%
Lanolin liquid Wax 3.58%
Almond Oil, sweet 1.39%
I have been to the Silver Fox thread many times. Very nice webpage. Thank you for directing me to the Dapper Dragon. Will definitely go there.You are going to sell this, so I won't even mention a recipe. I have mentioned the dapper dragon thread and the silver fox thread. Those two are all that you need to put together some test batches to see how they perform, especially as you are experienced enough to sell
Thank you everyone for the opinions on the shaving soap. I did find a recipe that I like and lathers nicely.I have been to the Silver Fox thread many times. Very nice webpage. Thank you for directing me to the Dapper Dragon. Will definitely go there.
As for selling, I never mentioned anything about selling this soap. Actually it is for family and friends.