Single Oil Soap Project Observations
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Single Oil Soap Project Observations
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Rules of swap:
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One oil onlyfull water amount, distilled
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5 - 6% superfatNo additives: oil, water, lye only
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Straight cold processFully cured (4 weeks minimum) before testing
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No insulatingObservations
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Soapmaking NotesColorHardnessTextureSmellLatherCleansing abilityOther
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Tester:Beth Byrne beth@soapandgarden.com Soap and Garden
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1. Oil:CoconutTraced quicklyVery whiteExtremely hardSmall raised bumps at first, later smoothSlight "soap" smellLots of free latherVERY cleansingIMO, it's reputation as a drying soap is well-deserved.
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Tester:Beth Byrne
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2. Oil: Sunflower (high oleic)Took 20 - 25 min. to traceGray-white at first, became white upon curingTook a long time to harden, but is very hard nowSmooth and silkySlight "soap" smellSome lather (more than I would have guessed) with tiny bubbles, smooth and creamyGentle cleansingI was amazed at how much it acted and felt like OO soap, only not as slimy!
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Tester:Heather
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3. Oil:Corn OilTook 6 minutes to traceCreamy vanilla color and became lighter in color. Two months later, the soap is still light colored on the inside but the outside is yellowed. Hard SmoothMild smell, like vegetable oilMedium/small size that lasted.Good very bright yellow. Sticky icky upon unwrapping. Sort of a rancid corn smell. Some bubbles, not too bad. Decent cleansing. Bar semi-hard. I could squeeze and mold it.
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4. Tester:Ela
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Oil:Cocoa ButterTraced pretty quicklySame color as cocoa butterQuite hardLooks just like cocoa butter!Looks just like cocoa butter!Lathers just like cocoa butter! (Not at all!)Cleanses just like cocoa butter! (Not at all!)Might as well just skip the lye and water and just wash with cocoa butter.At the time of the article, the bar smelled like nutty cocoa butter.
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Tester:Rose CarbajalRancid smell
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5. Oil:Extra Virgin Grapeseed OilTook a very long timegorgeous green colorvery softsmoothslight soap smellno lathergentle cleansingIt took more than a week for the batch to harden; almost 2 weeks before I can cut into barsvery soft still; very oily and DOS is attacking bar heavily
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Tester:Robbin Huls
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6. Oil:Olive Oil (Filippo Berio from BJ's)Traced rather quickly at room temperature, got a whiter layer on top. Thought it was ash but it's more like a "skin". Some DOS.near whiteDents slightly with very firm finger pressure. Soapcalc.net says 17, Soapmaker, 5.2. I'd say 6 or 7 of 10.slightly grainy on the cut edges, otherwise smoothmild soap smellvery small bubbles that disappear rather quicklyvery mild cleansing. I wouldn't be using it to clean my garden hands :-)DOS developed
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Tester:Cheryl Sawyer
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7. Oil:Deer Tallowtraced super quick; oil temp @ 97 degrees; lye @ 97 degreesturned to a light tan when globbed into mold. Next day it was whitesuper hard, great hockey puck!seems brittle too me; maybe due to the hardness of the soap.yep it smells like the tallow.not a good bubbly lather but a steady one, very moisturizing,I felt that it was so moisturizing that it had a slimy feel to the skin.it cleans but not to my likeness.when used it felt slimy, when I made soap from time that it was in the mold it took 10 hours and I cut the soap. Very hard bar of soap for sure.
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Tester:Jennie McCluskey
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8. Oil:Great Value Shortening (Beef Tallow, Palm Oil, Vegetable mono- and diglycerides, BHA, Propyl Gallate and Citric Acid, Dimethylpolysiloxane)traced in under 4 minutesoff white with a pinkish swirl running throughsuper hard, a bit crumbly toosomewhat brittlea little veg shortening odor.few medium bubblescleans, ok, not greatthought the pink color was odd.
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Tester:Laurie Gebert
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9. Oil:Bear TallowTook a while, about 15 or 20 minuteswhitesuper hardsmooth textureslight odor like the tallowalmost undetectablenot very well feels creamy makes your hands feel like you washed with a lotion bar
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Tester:Angela Carillo
angela@alegnasoap.com
Alegna Soap
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10. Oil:Rice Bran OilVery quick trace, off whiteon soft sidesmoothnonelow lathercleans wellcreamy feelingI can still squeeze it. Color is off-white to light tan. I detect an odor, but it is not unpleasant or strong.
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Tester:Christine Murrer
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11. OilCanolaExtremely slow to tracecream then deepened to a yellow as it curedSoft like fresh mozzarellasmooth and creamyStrong odor; disagreeable IMOSome bubblesOK, not dryingTrue tan color. DOS?
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Tester:Cheryl P
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12. Oil:Palm OilLess than 2 minutes using stick blenderwhitefirm to cut w/in 24 hoursfirm, not crumblysoapyNot much lather. Have to rub hands together a lot to get a few bubblesgood cleansing but left hands feeling a bit dryFelt very creamy..almost like a lotion. Maybe close to slimy
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Tester:Sindy Anderson
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OilsShea Butter Ultra Refined /Shea Butter OrganicSindy Anderson URefined~ traced very nice Organic Traced QUICKRefined- white Organic-TanHard - BothSmooth, Refined Organic fairly smoothRefined~ Nice Organic~Earthy, strong-Nasty(sorry)Refined ~ pretty lotion Organic-oily, greasyRefined~ left hands very soft smooth, Organic~ greasy, had to rewash hands~ yukky
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Tester:Marci Evins
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Oil:Soybean oil4 min to medium trace 6 min to full trace with blenderalmond colormedium to firm barsmoothnonesmall bubbles did not last longok but dryingaged quickly orange spots within 2 week cure. Needs a perservativeDOS is attacking this bar heavily.
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Tester:Teresa Sigmon
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Oil:Apricot Kerneltraced fairly slowwhitetook 3 days to unmoldsoftslight oil odormild lathersoft feeling moisturizing, soft feelBar is somewhat soft. Slight nutty scent. Surprising amt. of lathering, although not abundant. Yellowish color.
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Tester:Maria Gelnett
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16. Oil: Avocado Oiltraced fairly slowlybeige light greentook 5 days to unmoldsoftslight oil odornice lathersoft slickslick feeling on skinSoap is white, decent lather and cleansing. Not drying. Scent, but not offensive. Developed some DOS. Virtually no odor.
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Tester:Trina
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17. Oil:Sweet Almond Oil20 minutes to light trace, 35 minutes to full tracetransparent beige24 hours - thin liquid, 36 hours, very soft solid, 48 hours - block was pretty solid but sides gave slightly but was able to cut.smooth, creamyPretty stable foamy or creamy lather w/very small bubblesSmooth and silkyVery creamy soapFinal color is quite white. Hard bar. Some odor.
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Tester:Catrina Bingham
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18: OilLardpoured approx 136 degrees F, soap formed ashwhite42, hard but not brittlesmooth little to no smell after hardenedlow amounts of lather when used1, very mild, skin felt clean but not strippedINS 139
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Tester:Vickie Marsted
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Oil:Castor OilEmulsified immediately upon adding lye. Hand stirred for 5 min., stick blended for 30 seconds, thick custard-like traceGolden oil to banana puddingSet up quickly. Final hardness: like a rock!Felt thick and rich, slimySlight "soap" smellNo latherMild cleansingEven at full water, this set up super fast
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Tester:Sue McCafferty
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Oil:Palm Kernel Oil3 min. trace. Unmolded one batch in 12 hrs. and the other after 24 hrs. Tank could not cut it.Quite whiteVery hardSmoothSome soap smellLots of bubblesQuite cleansing; not as drying as coconutNot as bubbly as coconut
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Tester:Terri Soro
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Oil:Safflower Oil - organic25 min. to trace; 3 weeks to harden. Very whiteExtremely hardSmooth textureNo odorIt's not coconut, but a surprising amount of bubbles.Cleaned well without drying.
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Tester:Melissa Rivera
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Oil: CriscoSoybean/cottonseed blendOff-white, almost pinkSomewhat soft; can pinch and mold it to some extentSmooth, slick textureSlight soap smell; not unpleasantSome creamy bubbles; more than I would have guessed.Cleansed well enough, conditioning
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*Comments in black are those of the tester.
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*Comments in pink are those of others in the swap.
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