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IMO you cannot get a good bar of soap when using only one oil. It is a combination of different oils, all with different properties in the finished soap, which produce a well-balanced soap. One type of oil will not make a bar which is hard, moisturizing, and has a good lather all at the same time.

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What the others said.

Hard oils: palm, PKO, coconut, babassu, lard, tallow, butters (cocoa, shea, mango...). Some count olive as hard since it cures hard, I don't.

Soft oils: everything else.

I would use RBO instead of olive because I don't particularly like olive in soaps. And the cost is much less. Not quite as conditioning, but the lower oleic acid in the RBO means less slimy suds. I can compensate by using another soft oil with more oleic acid (Jennifer's combo of oils synergy)

If I didn't have customers that cared, I'd use tallow instead of palm. I much prefer tallow. But I've got customers that want veggie. I'm slowly introducing tallow bars to my fairs, just have to figure out the sweet spot for marketing.

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IMO you cannot get a good bar of soap when using only one oil. It is a combination of different oils, all with different properties in the finished soap, which produce a well-balanced soap. One type of oil will not make a bar which is hard, moisturizing, and has a good lather all at the same time.

I agree completely Jen. When I say RBO is my base oil, I typically use it at 35-50% with lots of other oils.

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