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Hello everyone. I'm new to the site and have learned a lot from reading all of your posts. I have a question about recipes.

The first few batches I made (I'm doing CPHP) were great but get goopy and snotty in the shower. I realized that they were too high in olive oil and probably need a few months to cure (it's been 1 month). So yesterday I made a bar with less olive and more coconut, but while I was searching today realized that I shouldn't be using more than 20-30% coconut because it can be drying. (my recipe yesterday was almost 50% coconut) That said, what proportion of olive and coconut would you suggest for a bar that doesn't get goopy, but isn't drying? I'd like to make a bar with a consistency similar to Zum soap--they list their ingredients as coconut, palm, olive and castor.

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Hi, I've never used Zum soap, but the ingredients are usually listed in order of quantity, so there would be the highest % of coconut, and the lowest of castor. For a simple recipe, maybe try 30 % each of palm, coconut and olive, and 10% castor. Olive oil adds mildness, palm helps make a bar harder and coconut is good for lather. Castor also I think aids in lather. Do a lot more research, there are a lot of good soap sites, look at Kathy Miller's site.

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