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I'm thinking of branching out from my normal Lard or tallow based soaps and am looking at Palm and P Kernel oils at Columbus Foods. There are so many to choose from! There's regular Palm Kernel, and then you can buy flakes. Theres refined Palm Oil in a pail, and there's homogenized, RBD (refined, bleached, deodorized?), no-stir in a cube. What do you do with a cube? I know, total newbie question, but once you get that 50-lb cube, how do you use it? They sell pump pails, do you have to fill the pail from the cube? Is it better to get the no-stir?
How about the palm Kernel flakes?
I guess that's enough questions for now. I will be so grateful if I get any answers, because my head is spinning and I have no clue what to order.
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Elizabeth
 

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I am no expert but I went with the homogenized Palm because I had heard the other can separate and I didn't want to have to deal with that. I break mine up and store in 5 gallon buckets for the bulk of it. Then I store some in ice cream pails for use as I soap.

My palm kernel is not flakes. It is much harder to break up than the palm. The homog. palm has the look and feel of shortening whereas the kernel is a brittle oil more like cocoa butter.
 

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I have the palm in a bucket and I am thinking of trying the hom. palm. I use PKO (palm kernel oil) so I don't have to use so much coconut oil. The PKO is not as drying as the CO. It also bubbles like CO. I really like my soap with the PKO in it.
 
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