Zany's no slime castile

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  1. May 18, 2019 #321

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    I actually did increase the super fat a tad because of using the 10%CO and 5% castor, but I wish I hadn't. This time I will do exactly as prescribed.
     
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    You're welcome! Lovely soaps, by the way. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks, KiwiMoose! I forgot to mention I used Bramble Berry Evergreen Mica. I stirred one teaspoon into the castor oil before adding to the rest of my oils. It was my first time using mica, and that method worked well.
    Lemon-lemongrass sounds lovely! If I don't color my OO soap, it comes out a very light yellow. That color would go really well with a lemony scent. (I see others get a whiter soap with OO, but I guess it depends on the OO variety, etc.)
     
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    Yes - I always buy OO that is as pale as possible in colour to avoid having soap that is too 'yellow.
    I made my soap! Here it is:
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    I used 50% lemongrass EO, 25% lemon EO and 25% May Chang EO ( a total of 2% to keep it subtle)
     
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    Nice naturally light soap! And I love that EO blend! I'd love to know if it "sticks". Please keep us posted.

    I forgot to mention that I used a 5% superfat. I know that recipe calls for 0%, but I'm a new soaper and feel I still need that buffer (even though I measure the lye very carefully). I also don't mind the sliminess as much as other people. I call it creaminess. :))
     
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    Do you sanitise or filter your sea water beforehand? I'm curious because I live right on the beach but everyday on my walks I fill a bag with plastic waste :( I've often thought the sea water and sea weed would be a great resource though...
     
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    New thread started here:https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/sea-water-for-soap.75076/
     
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    Fiona, I have a lot of sea weed I collected from the Pacific Ocean. I use it for cooking.

    You might find these interesting:

    https://www.gov.scot/publications/w...ntal-assessment-environmental-report/pages/4/

    http://monicawilde.com/seaweed-harvesting/
     
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    Thank You Earlene, I've just made a coffee and will settle down to read through these! There are a couple of new small businesses in my area who are harvesting sea weed and I love the smokey taste it brings to cooking:). One of the guys offered me some of the powder that lies at the bottom of their drying trays to add to soap but I'm too much a newbie to take him up on this just yet.
     
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    Um, powdered seaweed lasts for yonks! Take it! Jar it up! Put some in your moisturizer! Add it to water, yogurt, milk, honey, etc. for a face mask! Caution... I should probably mention, it's most likely uber odoriferous. o_O
     
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    Thank you, Dawni! Maybe I will try making one batch with 0%SF and another one with 2%SF and see if they come out differently :)
     
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    I've read somewhere that by switching out 5% of your NaOH for KOH, you can cut down the slime on Castille soap. I've never even made Castile soap but something I've thought of making.

    Has anyone tried this?
     
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    Oh, yes, there are several threads on the method here on SMF.
     
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    Here's my recent one unmolded. EOs as above, 85% OO, 10% CO and 5% castor. O% superfat and real seawater instead of faux.
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    Lovely, KiwiMoose! Such a nice white. I wonder why Winnie looks a bit more yellow than the rest? (It is Winnie the Poo, isn't it?)
     
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    I wondered that too. Maybe because the mold was very shallow compared to the other two so it's cured a bit more?
     
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    Thank you, KiwiMoose for this input! Much appreciated :)
     
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