What is the cheapest oil for making soap?

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    wickedter

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    Hello everyone. I'm looking for oil to make some really cheap soap. I have been using coconut an oil and palm oil so far. Which saves us the cost most but I have heard using an oil from pork fat. Which will save us around 50%. What do people think?
     
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    I use Lard which is pork fat and it is very cheap, here it runs $1.28 per pound and it makes very nice soap.
     
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    Okay, this will probably sound like a very silly question, but I have never worked with lard before. Does lard have any smell? If it does, does it affect the soap any?
     
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    Not the lard you buy in the grocery store now, it is deodorized. If you rendered your own it would have a smell, but in the soap it would *mostly* fade to a very faint aroma when used.
     
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    Okay, thanks!
     
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    The only time I have had piggie smell was when I soaped too hot--pre melting the lard with the harder oils like cocoa butter and the like. Now that I soap at cooler temps no issues at all--I let the heat from the lye reaction melt the lard and no bacon-ie smell at all!
     
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    Yes, soaping cool is the trick with lard.

    It is a good substitute for palm oil, with the disclaimer that if you switch one for the other that you run your recipe through a lye calculator.
     
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    What is your guys proportion of using animal oil and vegetable oil?
     
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    You can use 100% tallow or lard if you want, or any percentage. You can simply replace coconut oil or palm oil with it, but redo the calculations on a lye calculator.

    Here is a thread with a few recipes:

    http://www.soapmakingforum.com/f11/rendering-tallow-33777/
     
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    Beef tallow can be even cheaper than lard and is great in soap. Every recipe is different. I have made an 80% tallow bar and a 20% tallow bar. Just depends on what properties you want in your soap.
     
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