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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by Doc Mongo » Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:57 pm

Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?

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Ask a soapmaker

Post by Silent Kube » Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:47 am

Doc Mongo wrote:Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?
There's a pretty epic thread on making laundry soap here on the boards.

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by Mashed Potatoes » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:50 am

Doc Mongo wrote:Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?
I plan on trying my own shaving soap as soon as my next batch of ingredients arrive.

The process is the same, but any good shaving soap will have high percentages of coconut and shea butters for their skin conditioning properties and castor and palm oils for their lathering benefits.

I should be able to get to it early next week, I will post results and some pics.

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by nathat » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:15 am

Thank you so much for this information. You have made something I was so afraid of seem doable, and I'm looking forward to trying it.

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by Doc Mongo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:32 pm

Mashed Potatoes wrote:
Doc Mongo wrote:Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?
I plan on trying my own shaving soap as soon as my next batch of ingredients arrive.

The process is the same, but any good shaving soap will have high percentages of coconut and shea butters for their skin conditioning properties and castor and palm oils for their lathering benefits.

I should be able to get to it early next week, I will post results and some pics.
Looking forward to the post!

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by samm » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:55 am

I line my mold with a clear trash bag, and when the soap has set I just
lift it out with the bag, I reuse it till its unusable, I also have used Pringle
can and lined then with the plastic sleeves that they throw the paper in

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by Mashed Potatoes » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:11 am

samm wrote:I line my mold with a clear trash bag, and when the soap has set I just
lift it out with the bag, I reuse it till its unusable, I also have used Pringle
can and lined then with the plastic sleeves that they throw the paper in

Samm
Parchment paper works great for loaf molds too.

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by SteveCA » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:24 pm

kbilly84 wrote: That makes a ton of sense. Thanks!

For some reason, I'd always figured I needed to cook the stuff as I made it. Now that I know that's not true, I'm gonna have to try it out on my deck this weekend. Figure I'll start with just a small batch. Would the lye and a block of lard I can get at the grocery store work sufficiently for initial experimentation?


Ninja Edit: methinks this thread should be stickied.
YOu may have seen someone make a batch using Hot Process. Most people do HP in a slow cooker and the bars cure faster, some say you can use them after a few days... anyway, I use my CP bars after a few days, so it's all relative.
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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by SteveCA » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:36 pm

Doc Mongo wrote:Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?

My first batch was laundry soap, well it was supposed to be but I use it for everything, shower, shave, shampoo, I love it. First batch was 20 lb of oil. used cocoa to color part and do swirl. 100% lard with tea tree oil.

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Second batch:

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by Resolute » Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:25 pm

Is it wrong that I want to eat that soap? It looks like it's made of bacon!

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by samm » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:39 pm

resolute...lol about the bacon, it looks like cedar blocks to me.....it is pretty though

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by SteveCA » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:58 pm

It actually smells edible, but the scent is from Capella's Double Chocolate flavor drops, and the color is from coffee in the lighter parts and cocoa powder in the dark parts.
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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by samm » Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:48 pm

I have made the gelled soap but I I prefer the powdered kind that I make . I would like to find a good shampoo recipe if anyone has one and don't mind sharing.

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by xLionx » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:52 pm

great thread, make me want to try making some soap

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by Thistle » Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:59 pm

have always wanted to learn cold-process. Up till now I have been doing melt and pour, which makes pretty soap, but not suitable for WTSHTF situations; your instructions are great!

Am curious about the soda bi-carbonate process, too: will have to experiment some. Thanks for the topic!
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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by weaselrunner » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:39 am

First time I've been out here in a long time.
When you are making a batch, pull some off to the side and add in cinnamon and then swirl back in to the main batch, tablespoon or two to say 8 or 10 ounces.

Also You can use paper muffin cups as molds.

I keep an eye out for clearance silicon muffin tins after the holidays. They have worked out better for me than anything else so far.

This weekend is the first time I've made any in over a year. Had some citronella oil from a health shop so I made up a batch using that (thinking about for the summer and bugs). the wife is not so sure about it but we will see how it turns out.

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by kezekan » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:50 am

Mashed potatoes,
as it happens, my fiance and I are actually in the works of starting our own soap and candle business. If you don't mind my asking, how profitable is it for you to sell locally like you said you do?

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by ZombieGranny » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:44 am

I am sorry, but mashed potatoes hasn't visited this site (or at least hasn't signed in) since November 12th, 2012, at 7:39 am.
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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by kezekan » Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:32 am

Okay, thank you for informing me of that.

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by ZombieGranny » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:26 pm

No problem, happens all the time.
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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by kwailo » Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:10 am

A while ago I was reading the ingredients on a body wash at the drugstore, and saw it contained formaldehyde. I did some quick googleing, and found out that it was a common enough ingredient to add. So, here I am, on a mission to use less chemicals on my family, gain a new skill, and, it seems, save some money.

My daughter and I made a soap 2 nights ago, using this recipe; Castor oil 10%
Canola oil 15%
Coconut oil 20%
Olive oil 55%
We used a cinnamon orange herbal tea in place of the water, and a small rubbermade tote as the mold. I didn't want to invest too much in case it was a bust, so we are holding off on colourants and odourants for now.

The soap ended up with very little smell after coming out of the mold, but once it has sat for 4 weeks who knows.

Total 'cooking' time was less than an hour, and we will get 2 lbs of a very cleansing soap I will use after gardening or welding.

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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by Anianna » Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:32 pm

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?
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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by Anianna » Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:34 pm

SteveCA wrote:
Doc Mongo wrote:Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?

My first batch was laundry soap, well it was supposed to be but I use it for everything, shower, shave, shampoo, I love it. First batch was 20 lb of oil. used cocoa to color part and do swirl. 100% lard with tea tree oil.

pics:

Image
Image

Second batch:

Image
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Those sure are pretty.
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Re: Ask a soapmaker

Post by cv66er » Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:03 am

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.

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