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Soap making experience

 
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Hey everyone

This is to go towards the soap making forum...

This was my first time making soap. I made it using 83% goat tallow and 17% pork lard( both of these from my own animals :) ) I made a tea with chamomile, plantain and mugwort( all of which were gathered from the property :) ) . So the tea was used as the water for the soap. I did not get to see the gel stage, it may have happened overnight. I super fatted at 5%.

I used Soap calc for my recipe to get the amounts of water, superfatting, lye, tallow/lard.

It all went as planned! it was very straight forward. The website which helped me the most with the process was Miller Soap

Here is the cardboard box i used to setup the soap in, It was lined with wax paper




Lots of dishes, Next time i will most likely make the soap after rendering the tallow, I will have less dishes hopefully this way! This was from tallow i rendered about 2 months ago.


Here is how i cut it up, I basically measured 1 inch on the block and than cut them on end. It helped to have the line go all the way down the block
The soap bars are about 3" x 3" by 1"


I am not bothering with making them look pretty. Here they are drying/curing :)


A close up


I strongly encourage anyone who has thought about doing it to just try it! It was very straight forward and there are great resources available online :)
 
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That's some nice looking soap, I imagine it's nice and silky too. Thanks for sharing!
 
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