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Going to have to go back and read the original thread because maybe this question was answered in it. But, what about a preservative? Are you going to add one to your recipe? I know my girlfriend and daughter have two or three lip balms split up between their various purses, bags, etc. and I keep one in my desk and one in the car. So, they might not get used very quickly ... just thinking out loud here.
 

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The paste in Susie's Soap2Go has roughly the same amount of soap vs. water as in a bar of soap. It's just a paste due to using KOH vs. using NaOH. IMO, there's no more need for a preservative in this soap paste as there is with bar soap. If you were diluting the soap more ... then it might be worth using a preservative.
 

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Ahhh, I see. I've never made LS before so I wondered if it might need a preservative. But, then I went back and read the original thread and the responses to Misha's posts and figured I might be off base about that.

Thank you for the knowledge. :)
 

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The paste in Susie's Soap2Go has roughly the same amount of soap vs. water as in a bar of soap. It's just a paste due to using KOH vs. using NaOH. IMO, there's no more need for a preservative in this soap paste as there is with bar soap. If you were diluting the soap more ... then it might be worth using a preservative.
Ohhh! So this is like bar soap that never gets hard...awesome! I need to check this out because my son prefers body wash to bars..and I have a whole big box of 4 oz lotion type bottles with the squeeze tops that I intended to use for lotion but never got around to doing it...

YAY! more learning!! wheeeeee!:clap:
 

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This is going to be a tad too thick to use in a squeeze bottle. It is more like Elmer's Paste. If I am showering, I rub about a penny sized bit on a washcloth and proceed to wash. For handwashing, it is more of a petit pois size. If you have any of the small tubs from the dollar stores that are 1-2 oz, that would be a good size for easy storage and portability.
 

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Aww drat, no squeezies? Im crushed.

Wellllll I'll just have to follow along anyway..I need something else to learn :)
 

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I am using 0.5 oz tubes(Essential Bath and Body had the best price/shipping combo). I stuffed the tubes using DeeAnna's "fill it with your fingers" method and tamping down between additions to let the bubbles out. I did poke it a bit with a chopstick at the end to be sure no bubbles remained. This is softer paste than I usually get with liquid soap paste. I am thinking the lard might do that. But it makes it easier to fill and use because it is looser, so I count that as a good thing.

And DeeAnna- you just ROCK! This is just exactly the perfect way to have soap to go!

Don't you think that I should think of the recipe and superfat like I would a bar soap since that is essentially the use it is going to get?(except, of course, the KOH).
Could you share the method for filling?
 

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LOL, I grab a blob of warm paste and shove it in with my fingers. Very time consuming and troublesome, but effective. I only made 6 to start with for myself and my testers. I keep refilling my tube with the extra paste.

I will keep trying to think of a more efficient method, but I made this quite a while ago, and haven't figured it out yet.
 

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Instead of just shoving it in there, maybe you could use a piping bag with a large round mouth tip that fits over the little pole in the middle of the tube and just squeeze it in there? I would think that would make things easier and mess free!
 

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My liquid soap paste is like waxy play dough in texture. It would be difficult to pipe,. Perhaps somebody else's paste is a bit looser so this idea might work for them.
 

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^ What DeeAnna said. This stuff is stiff. Really stiff.
 

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Ah, ok. I've really only worked w/ 100% oo paste which has a much looser consistency. I figured all you smarties out there wouldve used the piping trick if it would've worked!
 
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You know, if you don't mind using a preservative, I don't see why you couldn't add small amounts of water at a time to reach the right consistency for a squeeze tube that could be filled by piping.
 

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I did think about it...right up until I felt the consistency of that paste. I may try a higher OO recipe next to try to manage the consistency. I use it slowly, so it may be a while.

If anyone finds a recipe that yields a consistency that can be piped while warm, yet firms up when cool, PLEASE share!
 
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I'm hoping this may help anyone wanting a simple way to carry (for yourself, cause you can't use this and sell) the soap paste, without spending $$.

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Since we are talking about packaging, this is something else I've wanted to share for awhile:
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This one is meant for those of us without expensive sealing equipment. It takes longer (extra steps), but if you are small scale it can save $$ and frustration. I use this method to seal the shrink wrap/type stuff (the stuff I use comes from the dollar store and is meant for wrapping around skids) then I use (in the beginning my iron and now) my heat gun to finish by shrinking.

Hope this helps someone
 

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Since I keep thinking I need to try liquid soap (have substantial KOH stash for shaving soap), this seems like something to try. However, I have a container idea for you all who have already made the paste....Check this out for those who will make it only for themselves. I have wanted these to make popsicles for my kids and thought of them as soon as I read the thread.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WRFRIQU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=342JMUKKFGFKR&coliid=I19FXGAFLLJLQK

ETA: These are out of stock, but there are now several other brands if you scroll down to the item "suggestion" area.
 
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That holds rather a lot of product. I use my Soap2Go several times a day, and this tube has lasted me over 6 weeks thus far. I wouldn't want to be adding all that additional weight and size to my purse, either.
 
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