I'm new to this but I wanted to make my own soap. My hobby is grappling (judo, wrestling, Brazilian jiujitsu, and etc) which has a lot of skin on skin contact. Staph, ringworms, and other skin infections can sometimes plague these sports. I know that moisturization is important but what can I add to a soap mix to make antibacterial while still be natural? Any tips are welcome.
Many apologies for any ignorance in my questions. My knowledge in this field is zero, but I'm interested in doing this for myself and health.
Hello all! I am new to Reddit and wanted to join to confer with some other people about soapy adventures.
This past weekend I tried a new recipe and my second hot process attempt. I think the recipe is probably fine, but the process was a disaster. I made a very small batch, only a pound, so not much got truly wasted. The first time I made hot process it was fine. I had used a small, old crock pot from a thrift store. It only had an on/off switch, so for this one I used a friend's old crock pot that had fancy digital settings, thinking that would be easier. What I didn't take into consideration was that it had a 6 quart insert and I was only making a pound of soap. I had melted all my oils in it and added the lye before I realized that it was too shallow for my stick blender to fully submerge. I was so concerned about it not coming to trace that I may have over mixed it. I had the crock pot unplugged while I was blending because I didn't want to overload the outlet, and the soap was only about 85° when I plugged it back in. I covered the soap in crock pot and waited for it to go to mashed potato stage, but that never happened. The back wall started to gel a little, but over two hours and nothing. The temp went up eventually to over 130°, (Oils were about 130° and lye about 120° when I mixed them.) It looked ugly and chunky, but a pH test told me it was definitely not saponified at all. I eventually gave up on it and scooped it into a loaf mold to cure as an ugly CP soap.
So what went wrong? Did it get too cold? Did I over mix? Not enough soap for the crock pot? Defective crock pot? Combination of issues?
I should note that before I truly began the HP process, I scooped out a small amount and put it into a small mold so I could compare and contrast how the recipe behaved in CP and HP situations. The CP one seems lovely.
I'm new to this sub and wanted to ask for some help. I have a 1200g mold and I wanted to make my first batch. I was hoping to not have to purchase any additional oils. I have olive, castor, sweet almond and grapeseed oil in those orders of quantity. Can anyone help me with a soap calc recipe using those oils and not needing to buy any coconut oil? I also have orange essential oil for scent. Thanks!