I use distilled water
and am researching distillers. Is there a water distiller you
would recommend and that does not take up a lot of space?
You would be best to go with reverse osmosis
(RO). Distillers are a real pain, lots of maintenance, energy
costs are very high and they take up a lot of space. Distilled
water is dead water....no life. Distilled water provides no
benefit to a product at all, except as a medium. Some studies
show that when consumed, distilled water actually leaches
minerals and nutrients from the body.
We actually sold distillers at one time but
found RO equipment to be much less costly in equipment, energy
efficiency, easy to install and very little maintenance. An RO
unit will produce cleaner water, less than 0.1 ppm (parts per
million). Cost is pennies a gallon. A unit producing, 50 or more
gallons (190L) per day, will take up very little space, around
18"x 18"x 12" (46cm x 46cm x 31cm).
I have a question –
do you know of something that I can add to my M&P soap mixture
(I’m using a shea butter M&P base) that will harden the soap?
They come out pretty soft.
Stearic acid can be added to M&P soap to get a harder,
longer lasting bar of soap. Try adding about 1 tsp of stearic
acid per pound of soap. Adding any more than that, may affect
the lather of your soaps. Another thing to be aware of is that
stearic may make your soap slightly cloudy. As a result, stearic
acid is best used in opaque soaps.
I have had some
problems with my M&P sweating. Do you have any tips to alleviate
some or all of this?
Melt & Pour soap
does have a tendency to "sweat". Try adding 1 teaspoon of Aloe
Vera liquid, per pound of base, at the same time as adding your
scent and colorant. This works for both clear and opaque. In
addition to its beneficial effect, Aloe Vera makes the base even
softer and more "pliable" than it already is.
Depending upon how pliable you want the finished product to
be, you can add either, ½ -1 teaspoon of Jojoba Oil or a "pinch"
(approximately 1/8 tsp.) of Stearic Acid, per pound of base. The
Jojoba Oil works with either clear or opaque bases. Stearic Acid
has a tendency to "dull" clear M&P, so you may prefer to use it
only with opaque M&P.
What sort of preservatives should I use for
my Cold Processed soap formula? How long is the shelf life using
these preservatives? Will humidity affect my bar?
Preservatives: A properly saponified and
formulated bar of soap will not require preservatives.
The only time he might require a
preservative is if the Superfat value is too high,
leaving a high percentage of unsaponified oils.
Recommend staying somewhere around a
Humidity: Again, a high superfat will
have problems, mold, oxidation, etc.
Shelf Life: Again, a high superfat will
have a shorter shelf life. A properly saponified bar
should last four years or more. We have soap that has
lasted six years sitting in a high humidity
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