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Question on hard soap making
October 9, 2012
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jamitysmom
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I have just read a recipe for a soap made with all coconut oil - it's superfatted to counteract the drying nature of coconut oil.  Has anyone tried this?  The recipe is for cold process but I am wondering if you can use the crockpot method to do a hard process soap?  Any thoughts?

Jan

October 14, 2012
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I have a 2.5qt. crock pot. Is this big enough to make the size batch we made in the retreat workshop ?

October 14, 2012
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CindyP, could you post the soap recipe we used at the retreat??

October 24, 2012
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jamitysmom said
I have just read a recipe for a soap made with all coconut oil - it's superfatted to counteract the drying nature of coconut oil.  Has anyone tried this?  The recipe is for cold process but I am wondering if you can use the crockpot method to do a hard process soap?  Any thoughts?

Jan

Jan i use coconut oil in some of my recipes it adds a nice lather here in the city with the hard water it will even lather in salt water. I try to keep it under 20 % of my oils, I use it with lard and olive oil sometimes I add coco butter and/or shea butter as well depending on what I am making. I am a fan of hot process soaps thou I do make cold as well and I add about 2% more water to my recipes when Hot Processing simply because I like a creamer looking bar varwwwclientsclient1web3tmpphpB5NZyq.jpgImage Enlarger

My Bergamot mint soap this is a HP

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My calendula soap

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My Oats n Honey HP soap this was made in a PVC pipe :)

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October 26, 2012
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Would appreciate if you could recommend a location to purchase the lye necessary for making soap.  My cousin is interested.  I milked one of the goat and got the milk he needed and he apparently has the other ingredients except the lye.  He has tried contacting the grocery stores, farm supply, etc here in our area (Southeast Georgia) and has not been successful.  He only needs a very small amount.  Thanks.

November 13, 2012
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Crystal, thanks for the information on using coconut oil in hot process soapmaking.  I've only made one batch - so far - but I did use lard, olive and coconut oil in it.  It came out great.  The only thing I don't like is that it's so "soft".  It doesn't last very long and gets soft sitting in a soap dish.  Maybe that's the nature of hand made soap?  Is there a way to make it harder without sacrificing the lather? 

Your calendula soap looks beautiful!  They all look beautiful but I especially like the look of the calendula.

 

jan

November 13, 2012
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GAFARMLADY61 said
Would appreciate if you could recommend a location to purchase the lye necessary for making soap.  My cousin is interested.  I milked one of the goat and got the milk he needed and he apparently has the other ingredients except the lye.  He has tried contacting the grocery stores, farm supply, etc here in our area (Southeast Georgia) and has not been successful.  He only needs a very small amount.  Thanks.

try ace hardware stores in the plumbing area

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November 13, 2012
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jamitysmom said
Crystal, thanks for the information on using coconut oil in hot process soapmaking.  I've only made one batch - so far - but I did use lard, olive and coconut oil in it.  It came out great.  The only thing I don't like is that it's so "soft".  It doesn't last very long and gets soft sitting in a soap dish.  Maybe that's the nature of hand made soap?  Is there a way to make it harder without sacrificing the lather? 

Your calendula soap looks beautiful!  They all look beautiful but I especially like the look of the calendula.

 

jan

Jan what where the % of each oil?Oils have different proprieties
http://summerbeemeadow.com/content/properties-soapmaking-oils

This chart works well for hard soaps also if you run your recipe on soap calc it will show you the hardness level of your recipe

also I would like to state that even thou you can use HP soap right away it does get harder with time as the water dries out of it :)

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October 19, 2018
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I haven't really thought about the cold or hot usage of the soap, but the coconut sure smells nice as for me. The handmade soap is good but for the 120% efficiency use essential oils. It's a real treasure of vitamins, proof me wrong: Essential Oils

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