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Old 08-30-2012, 09:37 PM   #31
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... (alcohol causes soap to seize)
Yooper, so would that rule out using cologne for fragrance in the soap? ... Do you know of a way to use cologne, perfume ?

Also, does that submersion blender have to be dedicated for non-food use after using it for soap? or does it clean-up enough to be used in cooking after that. Thanx!
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:01 PM   #32
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Castille is great- but it can get "slimy" in the shower (I've heard it described as "snot-like" for what it's worth!). But if you use, say 80% olive oil and 20% coconut oil, you could get a very nice bar with grocery store ingredients.
Hehe, gross.
I have some coconut oil at home and will add some to the recipe. Thanks!
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:04 PM   #33
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Hehe, gross.
I have some coconut oil at home and will add some to the recipe. Thanks!
I love castille- it's very mild, but the slime is kinda gross.

Castille takes a longer time to cure, so make sure to leave it in the mold until nice and firm and then let it sit for 4 months to cure in a cool dry place (if you can). It will get harder and nicer over the curing time, but it will be safe to use much sooner than that.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:02 AM   #34
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I recall a passage in one of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books describing a jar of slimy grey soap. Not in a gross way. That's just what soap was to them. It did the job!

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okay yooper, now I want to make soap.

a question: I really like shaving with soaps - i used dr bronners for a while and am now onto something from Mama Bear or something like that - how would I go about making a soap ideal for shaving with?

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okay yooper, now I want to make soap.

a question: I really like shaving with soaps - i used dr bronners for a while and am now onto something from Mama Bear or something like that - how would I go about making a soap ideal for shaving with?

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You know what's funny? I didn't know it, but Mama Bear is in my neck of the woods and I've never noticed. Someone else mentioned it to me.

Anyway, there are some shaving soap recipes I've seen in various places, and they seem really straight forward but I've never done it. They tend to use clay (for "slip") but otherwise seem pretty much the same as other cold process soaps.

If I was going to make shaving soap (and I never have, so take that FWIW), I'd do this to start: http://www.soap-making-resource.com/...ap-recipe.html
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My wife has been making soap for a while now. If you want an interesting read go to www.gutenberg.org and search the book catalog for Soap Making Manual by E.G. Thomssen.

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Yooper, so would that rule out using cologne for fragrance in the soap? ... Do you know of a way to use cologne, perfume ?

Also, does that submersion blender have to be dedicated for non-food use after using it for soap? or does it clean-up enough to be used in cooking after that. Thanx!
You can't use cologne or perfume- the alcohol in it would cause the soap to seize up.

I use my immersion blender for other things, too. I clean it well, and I have one that can go in the dishwasher, so it goes in there as well.

You only want to do short bursts with the blender, as it'll burn up if you keep it on more than about 30 seconds at a time. Do a few seconds at a time at first, and then a few more, up to maybe 30 seconds at a time. It'll trace pretty quickly, so you don't want to go hog wild on the soap with that blender!

Some fragrances cause the soap to go to a trace super fast, too, so watch it after you add the fragrance. I don't use fragrance oils anymore (it's anti "pure" to me) but I have used it once or twice before knowing it wasn't a pure and natural oil.
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what are some good natural fragrances to use for soap? like ive seen candles and such with actual orange peel and different things like that in them, is that possible with soap?

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what are some good natural fragrances to use for soap? like ive seen candles and such with actual orange peel and different things like that in them, is that possible with soap?
Not really. I mean, you can add those things but the heat from the cold processing "blows off" any fragrance left behind. But that's true of candles, also. You can add the orange peel (which may be abrasive when the soap dries) but also some orange essential oil for the fragrance.

I've seen flower petals and herbs in the soaps around, but fragrance comes from a fragrance additions. I have a lavender soap that I like but the the person who made it used some real chopped lavender and those little bits got hard as the soap cured so it's rough and not soft like the actual herb. If you want to use herbs, grind them finely in the blender before adding. Things like oatmeal are really nice- but use a blender on them too before stirring into the soap.
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