01-15-2015, 04:52 PM
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My question probably underlies the principles of basic soapmaking.
Recently, there seems to have been an explosion of artisans making shaving soaps having ingredient lists that begin with "Stearic Acid, Water, Coconut Oil,...." Presumably these may be the soaps that have recently been described as MdC clones.

My questions are:
1] Doesn't the similarities in ingredient list indicate similarity in performance?
2] If not, can you tell me what additional process steps and/or ingredients could be used to distinguish these soaps in their performance?

I hope this was not too convoluted a question.

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 01-15-2015, 05:04 PM
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The proportion of each affects the final product. But you can't tell exactly what that is by the label. The amount and type of caustics used also has an impact.

Of course, any additional oils in the formula will change things as well.

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 01-15-2015, 05:09 PM
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Stearic acid is a hardening agent , coconut oil promotes a creamy stable lather. I think the short ingredient list soaps are the best performers.

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