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    Adventures in soapmaking

    So, my mother has for quite a long time been talking about making soap. She bought all kinds of supplies and ingredients and has been "just about to get some lye" for maybe 6+ years now. So I got tired of hearing her say that repeatedly, and last night I ordered fresh oils (hers expired a loooong time ago) and a canister of lye flakes. I may even end up doing this on my own, we'll see.

    The first batch will be 30% olive oil, 30% coconut oil, 30% palm oil, and 10% castor oil. I'll let that cure for 6 weeks and then try it out. The next batch will have fragrance oil added to the same oil ratio as the first batch. After that I'll tweak the oil ratio a bit and see what I like. I'll get some fresh shea butter eventually too, since I need more anyway for the solid lotion I make. I'll experiment with that in soap, since it seems to be popular for that purpose.

    I'll keep this thread updated with my progress as I go, and when I start to do the fancy swirls and such I'll post pictures. My order hasn't shipped yet and the place I ordered from is busier than normal at the moment, so it may be a few weeks before I can get started.
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    I'm a soap maker myself. My interest started when I tried to make my own shaving soap. I never got the shaving soap dialed in to my satisfaction, but the bath bars are a big hit in the house.

    Lye flakes? Do you mean potassium hydroxide? If you aren't making cream or liquid soap, then what you want is sodium hydroxide which typically comes in little pellets vs the flakes of KoH. I never got the hang of cream soap either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskazimm View Post
    I'm a soap maker myself. My interest started when I tried to make my own shaving soap. I never got the shaving soap dialed in to my satisfaction, but the bath bars are a big hit in the house.

    Lye flakes? Do you mean potassium hydroxide? If you aren't making cream or liquid soap, then what you want is sodium hydroxide which typically comes in little pellets vs the flakes of KoH. I never got the hang of cream soap either.
    I mean this:
    https://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.co...de-flakes.aspx
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    I cannot help but visualize Granny from the Beverley Hillbillies out by the "cement pond" with her kettle brewing lye soap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    I cannot help but visualize Granny from the Beverley Hillbillies out by the "cement pond" with her kettle brewing lye soap.
    EGGzackly - my very first thought even reading the title.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuantaFille View Post
    We'll then, you are good to go. I've not seen that NaOH in that particular form before.

    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    I cannot help but visualize Granny from the Beverley Hillbillies out by the "cement pond" with her kettle brewing lye soap.
    I'm not actually making that kind. Not yet, anyway.
    Curiosity never hurt anyone. It was stupidity that killed the cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskazimm View Post
    I'm a soap maker myself. My interest started when I tried to make my own shaving soap. I never got the shaving soap dialed in to my satisfaction, but the bath bars are a big hit in the house.
    What shaving soap recipes have you tried? I have been looking online and saw one that looks promising. Olive oil and soy wax, maybe 60/40 or so, with some clay for slip. In the lye calculator the predicted properties look like ideal shaving soap but I need to get some soy wax without additives, as the stuff I have on hand is meant for candles.
    Curiosity never hurt anyone. It was stupidity that killed the cat.

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    I've still got a batch of bubble bath from Deb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juvenal View Post
    I've still got a batch of bubble bath from Deb.
    She's the one who told me about the site where I've been getting lotion making supplies for years. It's where I bought the stuff to make this soap.
    Curiosity never hurt anyone. It was stupidity that killed the cat.

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