adding moisturize to the walmart recipe?

Discussion in 'Soap Making' started by nappint, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. nappint

    nappint New Member

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    Some more Newbie questions :blush

    I've been playing with the Walmart recipe and really like it, but it is a bit drying for my skin is there anything I can add or change to make it more moisturizing? I've been studying recipes but all the what oil/butter/fat does what is so confusing...it makes my head hurt!

    Also, are there any good books or websites that you can recommend - I want to stick with goats milk soaps.

    Thanks!
     
  2. kidsngarden

    kidsngarden New Member

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    How long has your soap been made before you use it? If it fresh out of the mold it will be irritating - I prefer a good six week cure for hardness and lather, but try a slice of a new recipe after a week.

    You can up the superfat by a percent or two.

    Shea butter is a nice addition.

    Or maybe you have a sensitivity to coconut oil?
     

  3. Kalne

    Kalne New Member

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    Some people are sensitive to coconut oil and find it drying. But like Bethany suggested, if this is fresh soap don't pass a verdict on it until it's fully cured. If you still find it drying try lowering the CO and adding in some shea. I like the millersoap.com website for lots of info. But nothing beats being able to get advice from seasoned soapers. :)
     
  4. Carolyn

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    This perfect timing :)---how much shea butter do you add and what do you do you cut back on? Half cococut oil and shea butter? thanks Carolyn
     
  5. kidsngarden

    kidsngarden New Member

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    Now, remember if you take out CO you will have less bubbles! I would try lowering the CO by 5% at a time. If you are adding in shea and are not concerned about how much CO you are using I would sub the shea in for some of the lard.
     
  6. NubianSoaps.com

    NubianSoaps.com New Member

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    Do we have the list of soaping characterisits of oils on this site?

    And this is what the wallmart recipe is for. After you have made it a few times, try to tweak it to make a better bar. Keeping your hard butters to soft oils ratio in the bar is key though. If you want to add some shea which is a butter than sub out lard, which is a butter. If you subtract out some coconut oil to make your bar cheaper, use safflower oil (one of the harder oils) or? Vicki
     
  7. nappint

    nappint New Member

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    Thanks ladies - I'd not thought about the CO possibly irritating my skin or the fact that it makes all the bubbles - no one else in my family has had a problem with the soap. I like the idea of making changes slowly and tracking my changes. I probably also need to wait until it's fully cured and decide then if I like it LOL!

    Vicki - I've just been researching on the internet but most soaping sites are WAY over my head right now - especially when they go into all the technical terms and percentages :blush . Most of the time I feel like I've jumped into the middle and can't find the beginning info that I need, if that makes any sense.

    There isn't a list of soaping characteristics that I can find on this site - just information buried within recipe threads that I'm trying to understand. I think it would be WONDERFUL if a list would be added for us confused newbies :) Oh, and thanks for the ratio swap out info - that makes total sense...now.
     
  8. NubianSoaps.com

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    Ok it is on the soapnuts.com site, in the oil properties link. Someone post it here and Barb can put it into a sticky, it is wonderful info. Vicki