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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by Anianna » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:19 pm

cv66er wrote:
Anianna wrote:If I already have a liquid soap from soap nuts, what are my options for thickening it so that it is more gel-like or at least won't just run down my hair before I can wash my scalp?
One site i found recommended xanthan gum.

Soap nuts produce saponin, which is chemically very different from lye soap.
Thanks. That it is chemically different is the problem I have had finding a solution. I have also seen recommendations for glycerin or salt. I will experiment with those three (xantham gum, glycerin, salt) and combinations of to see if anything works with the soap nuts.
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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by Anianna » Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:05 pm

1/4 tsp xanthan gum + 1/2 tsp glycerin thickens soap nuts in a reused handsoap bottle sufficiently for use as handsoap or shampoo. It is important to mix the xanthan gum with the glycerin first to avoid clumping.
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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by Boosted98gsx » Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:40 am

Anyone got a recipe for your own oatmeal soap?
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