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I've been expirementing with adding either oatmeal or corn meal and exfoliators to my bar soap. It seems to just settle to the bottom of my mold. Is there something you are supposed to add with it to suspend the oatmeal or corm meal throughout the bar of soap? This is only my 4th batch of soap so please be easy on me 8)

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Registered: January 05, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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BIO,

With the thin viscosity of BDG soap when it's a bit difficult to incorporate exfoliate. However if you add some traditional ingredients to thicken your soap broth and cold process the mix you can achieve the same results as traditional soapers do.

If you hot process with a high ratio of traditional ingredients you will want to use sodium lactate to keep the soap manageable.

Another idea that might work would be to make a mold out of 3" PVC and use rubber test caps on both sides, fill the PVC right to the top and rotate as the soap gels.

I've found that a 20% stearic/myristic/lauric acid, 20% lard or tallow and 60% NaOH BDG will make a good cold process batch. The soap will be nice and firm with loads of lather. It should also suspend your exfoliate better. You can substitute coconut oil or palm kernel oil for the fatty acid mix.


-Rick

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Location: S.E. Michigan | Registered: April 15, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Rick-

Thanks for the reply. I guess I still have a $HIT TON of reading to do! I have know idea what the items you mentioned are let along where to buy them?? I thought soap making was supposed to be easy hahaha.

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The KNC Soap Calculator might help you along the way.

It's actually pretty easy to make soap, especially with just BDG is really easy. BDG is actually already soap. It's just an undersaponified unbalanced soap.

You can simply add enough caustic to finish saponification or you can decide to add some traditional ingredients to help balance the soap. Adding lather or hardness to bar soap and adding lather to liquid soap.

Keep at it, it will come to you!

Happy Soaping Smile


-Rick

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SAP Testing, Ingredient Properties, Soap Glossary and Recipes just to name a few.

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Location: S.E. Michigan | Registered: April 15, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I've always been interested in making soap, thanks for the link Rick. I hope the book can get me going Smile


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