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Okay, I can not wait anymore. I just NEED to make my first ever soap TODAY.
I could not sleep and have been thinking about it all night.

I would like to make a soap that gives me a thick creamy lather and I do not want it to be to drying for my skin.

I came up with the following recipe:

Cocoa butter 18%
Shea butter 16%
Castor oil 16%
Coconut oil 13%
Olive oil 37 %

Would this recipe create a soapbar that fits my wishes?

Thank you for yoru feedback
Chrisje
 

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Those amounts of butters might make it harder to lather and the castor is likely to make the bar softer and stickier in use.

Have you considered lard? It makes a very creamy lather and something like this would be lovely -

15% co
5% castor
50% lard
30% oo

5% lye discount.
 

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Thank you for your advice

Not sure where I can get lard.
The ingredients I have at home already are:

olive oil
Coconut oil
shea butter
mango butter
cocoa butter
Argan oil
Avocado oil
Grapeseed oil
Sweet almond oil
Jojoba oil
Castor oil
Glycerin

That's why I came up with my recipe.
 

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Then if you absolutely HAVE to make soap with those ingredients, I would go with

50% OO
15% CO
15% Cocoa butter
15% Shea butter
5% castor

For the record, I don't think that butters have a place in CP soap, as I have seen more evidence that lard performs better. But many people do use them and love them
 

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Okay, I think I will try and make a test batch first. ( enough for 1 or 2 bars ) Would a 4 to 6 week cure be long enough?

In the mean time I will look for lard. Is there anything I should look for when buying lard?
 
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Normal cooking lard (varkensvet or reuzel from pigs) should be okay.

I would make a 500g batch at least, to allow for measuring errors. If you make a 100g batch and are out by 1 gram, it is 1%. If you make a 500g batch and are out by 1 gram, it's 0.2%- gives you a better margin of error
 

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Wow, thank you so much for the advice. I just get over excited and want to get started.

Should I stay away from EO for my first couple of batches or would it be fine to add a little for fragrance.

So sorry, but everytime you give an answer I have a new question... EECK
 

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No worries!

As for EO, it would depend what it is. I used some lavender in mine and it helps make the very first soap that little bit nicer.

One other thing - we like pictures of soap, especially when it is cut in to bars............... :D
 

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I have lavender, geranium, lemon, tea tree, rosemary, pepermint and ylang ylang

Only thing left to do is decide on my mold. ARGH
I just found out that all my cake molds are gone..... I have wooden wine bottle box but ran out of bakingpaper...

So I guess I won't be making any soap today after all unless I make it to the store.

As you are in Austria, is there shop you prefer ( in Europe ) to buy molds (and supplies) I am fine with ordering overseas but it will take longer to arrive from the US then it does from other European countries

I promise to share pictures :D
 

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For supplies, I like Manske Shop - German based so shipping can be a bit much so I tend to buy a lot in one go :)

For moulds, I just use loaf moulds that I made myself and line with baking paper. I am looking at making a much larger mould to line with Mylar :D (max capacity 260 bars!)
 

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Great shop, they will cost me a lot of money I am afraid :lol:

Do you know if their Sheabutter natur filtriert is the same as unrefined sheabutter
( with it's typical smell, which I kinda like )

Off to shop some more :shh:
 

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