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  1. Feb 11, 2019 #1

    Cherrydene soapy

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    :) D1A3BF22-82BB-4D0D-9A23-9337813D861F.jpeg Morning soap makers I have just put my oils into the forum Calculator and I really love how easy it is to use, will definitely be using this from now on ( sorry don’t know how to add a link) can you give me any advice on how I can change, if I need to. I would like a soap that lathers well, cleansing, conditions and is fairly hard. Thank you for your lovely support to someone who is such a newby x
     
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    KiwiMoose

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    Aha - so what you're saying is you want the perfect recipe? ;)

    @DeeAnna has some good notes on soap 'hardness' and how that doesn't necessarily relate to longevity. A very interesting read for those that are interested.

    Personally I would still try for a little more hardness in this soap than you have. Have you thought of adding maybe shea butter or cocoa butter at about 10% which would up the stearic a bit? And the rice bran oil (which i use a lot) is just tipping on the brink of perhaps too much linoleic acid, which can cause DOS. I usually use only 15% of RBO.

    Just try it and see how you like it - make a 5oog batch so you don't waste too many oils if you don't like it.

    I use 15 - 20% soy wax in my soap and it contributes greatly to hardness ( but that's because I don't the animal or palm fat in my recipes). It could be worth considering if you don't have a soy aversion.
     
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    I’d make a 500g batch and up your lye concentration to 30%.
    That will make your bar harder to start and less likely to warp as it cures.
     
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    I personally would up the Lard by 5 and drop the Olive by the same amount. Otherwise I say give it a go.
     
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    Are all the liquid oils necessary? Lard is already high in oleic so it seems to make the liquids redundant. To get a hard bar, I shoot for the highest hardness factor . If u add all the liquid oil to ur recipie, it drops ur hardness factor. Perhaps just keep a lil AvO for luxury.

    Id keep it simple with something closer to below.

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    Recommend very sm test batches for all new recipes.
     
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    Thank you so much, will sit down and look at these and yes @KiwiMoose I would love the perfect bar :thumbs: (cant see that happening yet) practice makes prefect as the saying goes and I have a lot of practicing to do which excites me. :):):)
     
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    Cherrydene soapy

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    Thank you for your advice what Shea butter do you buy?Refined organic or unrefined?
     
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    Whatever is cheapest these days. I started out buying all the organics and things, then soon realised I would never get past my second batch at those prices.
     
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