Unknown lye concentration and aloe vera

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  1. Feb 19, 2020 #21

    KiwiMoose

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    @Lemoert - aloe contributes to a creamy and more abundant lather :)
     
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    There are only 3 books listed in WorldCat addressing wood ash. Two of them I am familiar with from my days doing wood fired ceramic. These
    books contain detailed chemical analysis of a variety of different woods. The first is Ash glazes by Robert Tichane (ISBN:978-0873416603), the
    second is, Ash Glazes by Phil Rogers (ISBN: 978-0801982439). The one by Tichane was my bible, and I highly recommend it if you want to know
    the chemical composition of wood ash. I would get them from the library, either directly, or through the interlibrary loan system, and Xerox what you need. The third book entitled Making Lye from Wood Ash, is a 16 pg pamphlet, located in a library in the Philippines.

    I have two separate questions. First of all, I have a lye solution made from hardwood ash and water (pH 13) and wanted to make olive oil based soap through hot process. Seeing as the lye
    I left you information on two books with tables detailing the chemical composition of the ash from a variety of woods. Some how it wound up in
    #22. Who knows??
     
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    I routinely use Aloe Juice for 100% of my lye water. I buy my Aloe Juice at Walmart.http://www.walmart.com/ip/Fruit-of-the-Earth-Aloe-Vera-Juice-Original-128-Fl-Oz-1-Count/10314798
     
  4. Feb 20, 2020 #24

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    WOW so that's like 3 litres for $US6?? You guys don't know how lucky you are over there. If I were to buy completely pure aloe vera gel in a 3 litre bottle I'm sure it would cost in the region of $US40. It is considered a specialist 'health' product here and is priced as such. The stuff I can buy at the supermarket which is more reasonably priced is only 40% aloe.
     
  5. Feb 22, 2020 #25

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    I think the aloe here at Walmart is quite a bit of water as well. I don't believe it's all aloe vera.
     
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    Walmart's is Aloe Juice which is Aloe and Water
     
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    Yes, it’s Aloe Juice and water. I don’t have the percentages at the present time as I am away from home. It also has a small amount of citric acid as a preservative. I’ve been using this for a long time and I really like it.
     

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