RNSandSCENTS Posted October 20, 2008 Report Share Posted October 20, 2008 Now what I need is some help from the soap queens and kings. I have never made soap before. I know about the lye calculators but don't exactly understand what all the numbers mean. In my notes, I have written down the following numbers that I found on here somewhere *scratches head*...Hardness...35 and up cleansing...10 or above conditioning...over 50 fluffy...20ish stable...mid 20's and upThis seems like the easiest recipe on Miller's site:28 ounces of coconut oil (2 jars) 24 ounces of olive oil (the cheapest and lightest in color) 30 ounces of vegetable shortening (the cheapest, and purest you can find) Crisco???12 ounces of lye (one standard can of Lewis Red Devil) 32 oz. cold water (4 cups) 1.5 - 4 ounces essential and/or fragrance oil depending on strength and your nose, if soap is not intended for remelting Will this recipe fall within the numbers above and give a hard bar with good lather? Do I need to add anything to the above recipe to account for the fact that I am not using a fo? I have read in another post to keep it simple and get a few batches under my belt before adding fo's/colors unless someone here knows of a fo that would be good to use for a first batch??? One that will not accelerate that process of give me trouble. Oh and I am also open to recipes for newbies if you have one that you think is better than this one.Some recipes I found only give you the hard and soft oil percentages (totalling 100%) but no percentages for water and lye....how do you go about figuring how much lye and water to add? Also, I am getting my lye from AAA Chemicals, unless someone has a suggestion of a source closer to Maryland? It is against the law now for hardware stores to carry lye on the shelves here so thats not an option. Sorry for all the questions, but, these were questions that were not answered in the ton of threads I read up till now....TIA:D Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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