Thanks! I plan on making a batch today and I want to try something new for a better lather. I can't come up with a decent recipe for a nice, bubbly lather.I typically add 1-2 teaspoons per pound of oils. I thoroughly dissolve the sugar in the lye liquid before adding the lye. This gives my high-lard, low CO soaps a nice lather boost. I also use 5% castor oil.
I have one recipe that lathers nicely, and all of my friends and family love it. It's really not the greatest recipe (at least I don't think so), but everybody loves it. The only complaint is that it doesn't last very long. It's a pretty soft bar of soap. I have found that after a longer cure it's just a better bar of soap, but still soft. So I'm trying to come up with a decent recipe for a harder bar with nice lather. I'll definitely search the threads on here about the oils.There are some good threads here about which oils and additives help with lather.
With my favorite recipes, I’ve found that the length of cure greatly affects how nicely my soaps lather. They are so much better at 6-8 weeks than they are at 4 weeks.
Thank you! You're definitely right about improving a good recipe instead of trying to improve a bad one. I'm only making my soaps for friends and family and this is the recipe they all like. I'd like to make it harder so that it lasts longer. I know it has more castor than people here like, but we all really like the soap. We just want it to last longer and my husband likes more bubbles.IMO, it's probably best to develop a blend of fats that produces soap with well-balanced properties -- good lather, long lasting, mild, etc. -- and then look into tweak its performance with additives, like sugar, if a person wants to do that. If you share your current recipe here, I'm sure people will help you develop a better performing blend of fats.
I'm not comfortable with the idea of using additives to improve a soap that's really not performing all that well to begin with. That strikes me as trying to turn a stock VW Beetle into a Ferrari by changing the air filter and putting premium gas in it. You might eke out a little more acceleration, but that Beetle is never going to be a sports car.
I do have shea butter! I will be tinkering around on soap calc today and will try adding shea. I also have an order I just placed with wsp, so I'll add aloe juice to that. Thank you so much!Try using aloe juice as your full water content - it's good for bubbles. But yes, I agree with @DeeAnna that you need more stearic/palmitic for longevity.
Apparently men can tolerate more coconut oil so you might want to try a 'manly' recipe with more coconut oil in it just for him. But it will use up a lot quicker - more bubbles = more soap washing down the drain. Can you get some more stearic in there somehow? Maybe some shea butter or soy wax? The easiest way would be to add 10% in place of some of your castor oil.
I just go out into the garden to pick mine : )I do have shea butter! I will be tinkering around on soap calc today and will try adding shea. I also have an order I just placed with wsp, so I'll add aloe juice to that. Thank you so much!
Yes, you can masterbatch your lye with aloe juice that you purchase from the store, I do not recommend masterbatching with fresh aloe juice, I find fresh aloe juice to thick for dissolving lye.Kiwimoose, I really want to ask you this. Have you ever master-batched your lye with aloe juice? I really want to. I saw a post dating back to Methusalem from someone who master-batched his lye with aloe vera juice. I don't know if the benefits (lather) would be lost. And I don't know if it involves some special technique ...