Calling all soapmakers

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by yotetrapper, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question. I know that most of the homemade soap I have seen is a hard soap. Can softer soap like storebought (i.e. zest, coast, dove, etc.) be made as well? What determines the "hardness" of the soap?
     
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    The types of oils you use determine the hardness and other qualities. Olive oil yields a very hard bar but takes forever to cure as it is a soft oil and coconut oil will add lathering qualities but is harder then castor oil, which is also a lathering oil.

    this is a good chart telling about the different properties of different oils

    http://candleandsoap.about.com/gi/d...s=0&zu=http://www.soapnuts.com/indexoils.html

    And a page going into more detail of each oil
    http://candleandsoap.about.com/gi/d...t=0&bts=0&zu=http://tlcsoaps.com/oilsused.htm
     
  3. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    That is a cool chart! Yeah...my soaps are VERY hard...but they lather well with coconut & soybean oils....although it does make them last a lot longer--the harder they are. [​IMG] I'm sure there are people that make softer bars....I've used goats milk soaps that are softer (probably due to the fat content of the bar?)
     
  4. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those charts have me a bit confused. All the ones that say "soft" also say can only be used from anywhere from 10%-50%. Does that mean that the other % would need to be "hard". If you used 50% each of two oils marked "soft"... would the soap not set up or something?
     

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