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 Post subject: Moisturizing Facial Soap
PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:43 pm 

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I'm new to soap making and formulating my first moisturizing facial bar with goats milk & a 7% Super Fat. This is what I'm planning...
30% Coconut Oil
30% Lard
20% Canola Oil
10% Sweet Almond Oil
10% Shea Oil

I want to end up with a lasting, hard bar, and decent lather. Should I add a little bit of castor oil or not? Your opinions and insights are especially welcome.

Thank you all!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:56 am 
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If I were making this, I would drop the coconut oil down to 15% (because it is a very cleansing oil) and add 5% castor. Add the extra 10% to the lard. Your finished bar will still be hard, but you won't have huge bubbly lather. The lather will be small and creamy. Remember that soap is a wash-off product and is not really "moisturizing" like a lotion would be. You want something that will gently cleanse and not leave your skin feeling like it's been stripped of all its oil. 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:11 pm 
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Do you have anything else besides canola? It has a short shelf life and your soap could be more prone to DOS.
I would also lower the coconut oil to no more then 20%.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:58 pm 

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I love how castor oil makes a moisture soap. I add 5% and it's nice at that rate and my eyebrows even seem to like it. :D Everyone's skin is different, but I do 28% coconut and had no problem with it drying my skin this past winter.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:13 am 

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Thank you all for the help!

I'm going to lower the coconut percentage like suggested, and make a small test batch. The reason I'm using canola oil is because I'm wanting to have as white of a bar as possible, and I read that canola is a good substitute for olive oil and nice for the skin too. I bought a small 16oz container at the grocery store that was labeled a high heat, refined oil, and the expiration date was into early 2018 to experiment with. I have read about DOS, but figured I'd give it a shot and see. I made a soap with it about a week and a half ago using Crisco instead of lard, so I'm now waiting on the cure time. So far, no DOS that I can see.

My end goal is to make a gentle all around soap that will eventually be a Caribbean blue type of color in guest size bars using a mold that says "goats milk" on it for my niece's wedding in September. The crowd is not vegan or vegetarian so no one will be offended that animal products are used. They are a farming/ranching family. So I'm just trying to get a recipe down first with no color or fragrance.

Again, thank you all for your help and insight. I greatly appreciate it.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:22 am 
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If you don't want to use olive oil you can sub it for rice bran oil.

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