04-21-2013, 09:15 PM
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  • Songwind
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  • Burnsville, MN
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This weekend I made my first shaving soap. It was a hot process soap, and used a recipe posted at B&B.

I did a small batch (8 oz). 52% stearic acid, 48% coconut oil, saponified with KOH. I added 1.5 tablespoons of glycerin after it was done cooking, along with 1/4 oz of essential oils: 2/3 lemon & bergamot, 1/3 rosemary.

The soap making went fine, with no surprises aside from the soap never becoming truly translucent like my olive oil soap did. It passed the zap test, though.

I used it to shave tonight, and it was lovely. Nice and slick, and there was no skin reaction to the EOs. My face feels very nice afterward.

The scent turned out too lemony, and the rosemary was lost underneath. Next time, more basenotes and less lemon.

Just after pouring:
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After 24 hours to set:
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Whipped up a great lather:
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It was very stable. This is after sitting 15 minutes while I showered and brushed my teeth:
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This was a really fun process, and is the second soap I've made. I could definitely see getting into making these things regularly.

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 04-21-2013, 09:27 PM
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Cool!

I'm a label reader and I'm of the opinion that Potassium Hydroxide is magical.

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 04-21-2013, 09:34 PM
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  • ben74
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Congratulations Eric, looks like you did a job!

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 04-21-2013, 09:37 PM
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  • Songwind
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I plan to try at least one cold process hard soap w/out KOH just for comparison purposes, but looking at my favorite soaps, even the hard ones tend to have at least a bit of KOH-saponified soaps in it.

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 04-21-2013, 10:11 PM
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I'm surprised that you were able to use the soap that quickly after making it. I found that the lye wasn't that quickly naturalize and I would suffer burns if not aged over a month or more. Be careful.

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 04-21-2013, 10:13 PM
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  • vuk
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Great work! That lather looks quite nice.

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 04-21-2013, 10:55 PM
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  • max1ci6
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Very nice Eric Wink

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 04-22-2013, 01:26 AM
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Great looking lather, and it looks like fun!

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 04-22-2013, 03:52 AM
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  • Songwind
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(04-21-2013, 10:11 PM)Johnus Wrote: I'm surprised that you were able to use the soap that quickly after making it. I found that the lye wasn't that quickly naturalize and I would suffer burns if not aged over a month or more. Be careful.

Since I used the hot process, I continued to supply heat and stir until the potash had all been used up. That's definitely one of the benefits. The downside is that it takes much longer (in terms of active work) than cold process, and the consistency tends to be lumpier, like you can see in the pics.

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 04-22-2013, 06:38 AM
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  • CRAusmus
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Excellent job Eric. Sounds like it truly was a success.

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 04-22-2013, 06:59 AM
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(04-21-2013, 10:11 PM)Johnus Wrote: I'm surprised that you were able to use the soap that quickly after making it. I found that the lye wasn't that quickly naturalize and I would suffer burns if not aged over a month or more. Be careful.

Hot process soap doesn't require as long as cold process to cure.

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 04-22-2013, 08:53 AM
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  • blzrfn
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I am very impressed Eric! I have been contemplating making a batch myself after reading that post a few months back. What is the consistency of the finished product and what was your total time from gathering supplies to finishing cleanup?

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 04-22-2013, 09:19 AM
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Congrats! That lather looks amazing.

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 04-22-2013, 09:50 AM
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  • freddy
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Congratulations, Eric. That lather looks like the best of the best so enjoy. Smile

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 04-22-2013, 11:03 AM
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So cool! I've been thinking of making soap to fill some down time myself.

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 04-22-2013, 11:42 AM
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Quite impressive. Thank you for sharing the information with is!

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 04-22-2013, 11:46 AM
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Very nice Eric. I look forward to hear how things keep going for you.

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 04-22-2013, 12:42 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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Beautiful looking lather there Sir.... Congratulations.

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 04-22-2013, 01:09 PM
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Looks like a fun project

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 04-22-2013, 01:27 PM
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  • beartrap
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Nice! Does it have the same scent you've imagined? When you mix your oils does it change the smell once this soaps is dry?

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