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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:20 pm 
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I've read that it can be done, but can't find instructions for doing so.

What proportion of gel should be used per pound of oils? When should it be added?


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I've always used the juice, rather than the gel - the gel has additives that may not react the way you want.

I count it as part of my water - either mix it into the water and dissolve my lye in the solution, or short my water by X amount, dissolve the lye in the reduced water, and add X amount of aloe at very light trace.

I'd probably keep it at about 1/3 the recommended water amount.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:04 pm 
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Ah. Thanks for the advice. :)


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I agree. The aloe vera gels actually have thickening agents in them that might not react well with soap. I also do the water discount/aloe water addition method.

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magic_hands wrote:
I've always used the juice, rather than the gel - the gel has additives that may not react the way you want.

I count it as part of my water - either mix it into the water and dissolve my lye in the solution, or short my water by X amount, dissolve the lye in the reduced water, and add X amount of aloe at very light trace.

I'd probably keep it at about 1/3 the recommended water amount.



questions on the above.
1) how do you get aloe vera juice? peel and blend from the aloe vera or using the bottled drinks (contains sugar)?
2) any difference when adding the aloe vera juice with water then add lye into this mixture, when compared to adding the aloe vera juice at light trace (reduced water during lye mixture).
thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:15 am 
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ling wrote:
questions on the above.
1) how do you get aloe vera juice? peel and blend from the aloe vera or using the bottled drinks (contains sugar)?
2) any difference when adding the aloe vera juice with water then add lye into this mixture, when compared to adding the aloe vera juice at light trace (reduced water during lye mixture).
thanks

I buy pure aloe juice with no sugar in the pharmacy section. It's the drinkable kind and it's just aloe. You can add the aloe to the lye water after it has cooled off, mix, then use it that way. I don't add anything (except herbs) at trace.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:32 am 

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thanks irena, will shop some aloe juice this weekend.
you have mentioned "you can add the aloe to the lye water after it has cooled off, mix, then use it that way"

after lye water mixture, we add the aloe juice. the amount of aloe juice added, we need to deduct out the water in the lye mixture?
and, what is you rule of thumb for ratio of aloe juice : lye mixture? or simply say, amount of aloe juice to use per pound of soap?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:21 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:31 am 
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ling wrote:
thanks irena, will shop some aloe juice this weekend.
you have mentioned "you can add the aloe to the lye water after it has cooled off, mix, then use it that way"

after lye water mixture, we add the aloe juice. the amount of aloe juice added, we need to deduct out the water in the lye mixture?
and, what is you rule of thumb for ratio of aloe juice : lye mixture? or simply say, amount of aloe juice to use per pound of soap?

I would make your lye solution with minimum water required. After it has cooled off, add the rest as aloe.

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