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Glyceryl stearate – home made emulsifier

Posted on Jan 17th, 2012 By evik 16 Comments

Glyceryl stearate is a non-ionic low HLB emulsifier and emulsion stabilizer. Because it has low HLB, for emulsions oil-in-water it is being used in…

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Where to find caustic soda – around the world?

Posted on Dec 19th, 2012 - By evik - 17 Comments

Anywhere you live, wherever you go, be able to find your caustic soda, so that you never stop soaping 🙂   Since I left my home, I lived…

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Oil combinations I. – how to make soap recipe (or not)

Posted on Jan 31st, 2013 - By evik - 8 Comments

I know that you are all enthusiastic to start soapmaking and make your own soap recipes. However, there are some rules that should be…

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Essential oils and their power to damage plastic…

Posted on Jul 11th, 2013 - By evik - 5 Comments

When we enter the world of essential oils through soap and cosmetics making, we usually bring some knowledge we gathered thanks to power point…

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How (not) to dissolve xanthan gum (and other powders) – heureka!

Posted on Sep 24th, 2013 - By evik - 77 Comments

I confess - having to use a powdery ingredient that gets readily lumpy in my formulations is a nightmare for me. Xanthan gum, guar gum, hyaluronic…

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  • Lulu
    #1 written by Lulu 3 years ago

    Hi, I have been reading lots of articles, blogs, and everything I can find on the net on making my own soap. I love that idea and I can’t wait to start doing it. I have been buying the ingredients slowly, since I have a hard time to find everything I need. I got basically everything. I thought about making a 100% olive oil soap simply because I can’t find palm oil to buy here in Switzerland. I didn’t like so much the idea because it takes so long to cure, and after reading your article I thought that there were many other reasons why it’s not such a good idea. Could you help me out with that? Where can one buy palm oil in this country?

    • evik
      #2 written by evik 3 years ago

      Hi Lulu. Well, in Switzerland, palm oil is difficult to find and expensive as well. I have experience only from french part of Switzerland. I know that you can find 500g Palm oil in the Urban Bio market in Geneva, Rue Jean-Violette 3, or in other healthy food stores.
      That is why while I was in Lausanne, I switched to making my soaps using olive, coconut and cocoa butter or castor oil.

  • Beef
    #3 written by Beef 3 years ago

    For the lush fun soap can you use shampoo instead of scs

  • Pieter J v/d Westhuizen
    #4 written by Pieter J v/d Westhuizen 2 years ago

    Hi, I HAVE BEEN READING LOTS OF ARTICLES ON MAKING MY OWN GLYCERINE SOAP. I HAVE BEEN BUYING THE INGREDIANTS SINCE I HAVE A HARD TIME TO FIND EVERYTHING I NEED.I GOT BASICALLY EVERYTHING ACCEPT FOR SORBITOL.I BOUGHT
    A REPLACEMENT CALLED XYLITOL.SORBITOL IS A LIQUID AND ACCORDING TO THE RECIPE I MUST USE 6,5OZ. XYLITOL IS CRYSTALS AND I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH TO PUT INTO THE MIXTURE. ONE TEASPOON? PLEASE COULD YOU ADVISE.

    • evik
      #5 written by evik 2 years ago

      Hi Pieter, you are much further than me in the ingredients for meltable glycerine soap – is this what you try to make? Or just the transparent, non-meltable soap… this is different.

      Find out what is the concentration of your liquid sorbitol, for instance, I have a crystal sorbitol at home… What amount and sorbitol type the recipe calls for? You write 6.5oz crystal xylitol, but you maybe mean crystal sorbitol? Not sure what is recipe and what you need. If it is crystal sorbitol, I would just use the xylitol instead. If it calls for liquid sorbitol, you have to find its concentration and then prepare your xylitol solution of the same concentration. I am not sure if Xylitol would work the same way, though. Let me know how it went!

  • Allie
    #6 written by Allie 2 years ago

    Hi Evik,

    Your post seems to have disappeared!

    Thanks for providing this resourceful site though, I’ve been wanting to make soap for a while but never found a site that was as good as yours and gave me confidence to have a go.

    I’ll let you know how I get in 🙂

    Allie x

    • evik
      #7 written by evik 2 years ago

      Hi Allie, thanks! I repaired the problem (I hope!).

  • Mike Thurman
    #8 written by Mike Thurman 2 years ago

    I have tried making Shea Butter soap but the butter will not harden. What ingredients are used to harden the soap. I prefer to not use toxic ingredient. Thank you

    • evik
      #9 written by evik 2 years ago

      Hi Mike – can you share the recipe? It seems like you did not have enough lye …

  • shema Jado
    #10 written by shema Jado 1 year ago

    hello thank you so much for your lessons
    for me I am a young scientist .Here in Rwanda I tried my best to make a soap using palm oil,but I am not well succiding.
    I would like to ask you whether kaolin is useful in saponification
    another issue is about measurements.

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