That’s why cold process soap is so fantastic for sensitive skin, and why soap from the store can leave the skin feeling dry and overly “squeaky clean.”. – I set my timer for 30 minutes to come back and check it and give it a stir…. Thanks. I’d like to pour into some low profile jars, but the ones I have have a melting point of 130, and I’m having a hard time finding something that can handle anything as hot as 180. With stearic acid in the product, the oil, water, and other ingredients are very unlikely to separate into their individual components. I don’t see it on your ingredients list or is there another recipe I should be looking for? However, there’s always a chance that someone can have sensitivity, so start by using stearic acid – containing products sparingly at first to test your reaction. Hi Kenna, Second question: What lye calculator do you use that can handle the double lye? Candles contain about 3 to 5% stearic acid. Yikes! I ended up adding another 1.5 oz of water after 2 hrs to “try” to get this to a thick something, but only ended up with a somewhat softer glob using spatula to mash. I use it in just about every one of my batches! A surfactant, or surface active agent, reduces tension between two substances. (We think of each type of oil having a SAP value, but, actually every batch of an oil has it’s own SAP value, so lye calcs generally pull an average value). I made this tonight with your exact recipe. did the sunflower ruin it?? if we put water on the shaving soap before to use it ( for lather) …. (As explained here: ). Facial Tissues Sodium stearate is the most common type of soap and has been used extensively in cleansing for personal care in bar soaps. PREP WORK: Weigh out your oils, place them in the crockpot, and set them aside. I was putting it into the lye calculator and nearly everything’s the same except just one kind of lye (NaOH) and reducing it to a total of 12oz ( just bc this is my first attempt and if I screw up I don’t want to blow half my supplies incase it needs a redo.) I wouldn’t recommend reducing your water amount below 17 to 18 ounces (20%  lye solution). However (! Stearic Acid is commonly used to emulsify lotions made from scratch. See below for a list of ingredients high in stearic acid – these will make up the bulk of your recipe. Used the Avocado oil instead of hemp. Bansal Trading Company is one of the leading and renowned dealers of chemical substances in India. It’s usually used as a thickening agent in lotion. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Could I substitute one of these for the Hempseed oil? That being said, I’m sure some of that 24+ hour delirium is kicking in and I’m having a little trouble calculating the water % of oils? Use Sodium Lactate/Salt It’s okay to cure them for a week or two, but if you cure them like regular CP, they will shrink and dry out a LOT. I made this exact recipe last night minus the silk amino’s (I didn’t have them on hand). I was so wrapped up on the shaving forums I forgot the basics of what soap is Can I ask which type vitamin E is used in this recipe? Anything I need to do different? In another container (plastic is okay here), measure your sodium lactate and silk amino acids. The lye calculator I use doesn’t allow you to compute both types of lye. Making the recipe as stated will result in the fluidity of the pour, this recipe is hugely dependent on the specific oils/fatty acids chosen, as well as the additives. I tried using a big wooden spoon and A LOT of elbow grease but no go. Thank you, Annie, Glass and stainless steel were recommended. very little rest time, mabye 5 min. I liked how the soap turned out so left well enough alone, but be aware that lye calculators don’t always agree with each other! Is there a lye calculator that will compute both lyes? Unless stated otherwise, all images are original material and are copyrighted. So for the purposes of this article, we’ll just call the issue stearic spots. Meet the Three New People Who Care About Your Success, Why I’m Closing My Free Facebook Group (Sorry to the 14k Members), Find Out How Sweat (and Sex) Inspired a Successful Soap Biz, How to Choose a Target Market that Will Make You Profitable, The Best Places to Get Stock Photos that Don’t Suck. Just wondering how smooth the pour is. Toilet Paper Lather from most store bought soaps come from surfactants or detergents. -I’m not familiar with the calc you used, but depending on who inputs the info and where they get it from, results are going to be different between lye calcs. I’m so glad you are enjoying the lather! Seem logical? You could definitely make it cold process, there’s just a high chance it might get too thick to work with too fast. If your end result is satisfactory, I wouldn’t be too concerned. i wish to make this soap – this will be my first time with using HP! Jan Berry is a writer, herbalist, soapmaker, and bestselling author of The Big Book of Homemade Products, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, and Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. Thank you so much for sharing!!! I also added silk amino acids and vitamin E. Unlike other wash-off products and soaps, the lather of this soap will actually sit on the skin for a while and these additives add a little more love to the skin feel and post-shave skin conditioning. Stearic acid uses include: 1. I did get a warning on a soap calculator about a high INS value. Both of these ingredients can also be tricky to work with. Personally, I like to add the water phase additives first, as the sodium lactate helps loosen up the soap a little bit more.