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Aloe vera soap recipe??
October 28, 2011
5:39 pm
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langela
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Does anyone have a recipe for soap that includes aloe? I came across one and went to check it in the soap calc and the calc doesn't list aloe. The recipe called for adding water to the aloe up to a total liquid amount. Could I just add aloe to my water and not input it into the calc? Thanks!

October 28, 2011
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lizzie
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Oh langela,

     I make soap, but I am not sure about the aloe, I would think you could just add it to the water to the total liquid amount, that's what I do when I add milk or coconut milk, I never run it through the lye calculator, BUT I COULD BE WRONG, I am sure someone who has more experience then I do will no.  Have fun Soaping!!!wave

October 29, 2011
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For what it's worth (about what you pay for it, since my soapmaking experience is what we did at the retreat!), my concern would not be in the volume so much as what heating would do to the properties of the aloe vera.  It's been so long since I looked at those chemical properties that I just don't remember if it is heat stable or not.

Most things do loose at least some of their healing or healthful benefits when heated, even our food.  But that's the trade off we make, isn't it?

Also, if using commercially produced aloe vera, has it already been heated once to get it into the bottle for the consumer?  What would heating it a second time do?

Not saying it shouldn't/couldn't be done.  Those are just the questions I would have before using it in soap.

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