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loolee
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« on: January 26, 2013, 05:49:17 AM »

I'm thinking of making an exfoliating soap today and I''m not sure what type of oils to use.  I made one before and used pumice as my abrasive.  It is ok... but really not great.  I think I didn't use enough abrasive and it doesn't seem to lather very well.

So, I was thinking of making a 100% coconut oil soap and adding some castor to it to aid lather.  And using either ground rice  or pumice for the abrasive.  I only have 11 oz of pumice and I have tons of rice and I need to make 4 pounds all together.  Also, I wanted to add some salt because the salt  bar I made is so terrifically hard.

Edited to add:  this needs to be ready to use the middle of March.

How much abrasive should I use?  do you think the castor is a good idea?  And of course, I'd superfat at 20%
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2013, 08:04:41 AM »

Have you thought using corn meal, the same one used for polenta? Just make sure has the right size particules, grind it if necessary.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2013, 09:46:31 AM »

I've used a variety of seeds in soaps. My blueberry seeds seem to have popped open in the soap and are a lot more abrasive than I had wanted them to be. I've heard corn meal makes a great abrasive in soap but have not used it. I want to make a gardener's soap and was thinking about it, though. I have pumice in my citrus hand soap and it does really well for hands. You can get pumice in different size particles. I use the fine.
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2013, 05:47:15 AM »

I have tried cornmeal.  I think I went a bit overboard because its really rough on my hands.  It is a lemon scent with poppyseed and cornmeal in it.

I'm finding I'm not very fond of scrubby soap, but my daughters friend wants something for her feet.  I made a pumice and it just isn't scrubby enough.  But I was using the fine pumice and I think I need the coarse and more of it.

I ended up making the soap I describe in my first post, with ground rice.  So far, it looks really nice.  I want to make it again with pumice.  I have high hopes for this soap.
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2013, 06:01:10 AM »

loolee, sand can be used in soap.  As they say, if you can walk on the beach, you will never need a pedicure!  To me, is about the same thing as fine pumice but a lot cheaper.

Let us know about the rice!  Never tried or heard of that.
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2013, 01:15:36 PM »

using sand is a terrific idea!

 I will let you know about the rice.  I'll test it out in a couple of days.
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2013, 01:27:26 PM »

loolee, for a VERY scrubby, like sand or sanpaper thats good for feet or elbows... Get this, EGG SHELLS.  Boil them to remove all the biomass first so all you have is eggshell, then run them through your coffee grinder until its powder.  Its just like pumice.  I always have eggshells because I have a bad habit of stacking the two halves together and putting it back in the egg carton instead of throwing them out.  Egg shell is very scrubby even when ground fine.

Must boil first to remove biomass.
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2013, 04:55:43 PM »

I use sand in a soap I really like it  - be careful though a little goes a long way.  The first time I made it I put a full cup in a 5 lb batch and that soap was a weapon lol.
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2013, 07:22:22 AM »

I want to try both the egg shells and the sand.  the egg shells seems like it might be *painful*  LOL  But I do have a vitamix, so I can grind them super fine.

  Soap, are you certain you used only 1 cup for 5 pounds of soap and it was to much?  I ask because I used 2/3 cup pumice for 2 pounds of soap and it wasn't near enough.  I was planning on 1 cup sand for 2 pounds of soap. 

For those of you that have used sand, what amount of sand would you recommend for 2 pounds of soap?
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2013, 11:32:35 AM »

sand sounds interesting , but what do you do with the sand accumulating into the drain coil, especially if everyone in the house uses that soap? Do you think is too little to clog when it gets mixed with all the waste, hair and such? Sand does not travel too fast under regular running water, unless some water pressure is on!
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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2013, 01:06:28 PM »

Sand does sound interesting.  Can't wait to hear how much to use!
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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2013, 05:22:03 PM »

Velvet, I don't really think it would be all that big of a problem.  I don't think its a soap that would be used daily... maybe only once or twice a week... at least for me I'm wanting an exfoliating foot soap.  And only a little bit would be released at a time.

I think it would be to scrubby to use daily.
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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2013, 05:50:06 PM »

I stopped by the salon to deliver a special order and I had to share this story with you.  The owner had bought some of my sugar scrub and had it next to the sink in the bathroom.  She came in over the weekend to find her husband using it to "wash" his hands!  Said it was getting the grime out of his hands from where he had worked on the car and he didnt have to use lotion afterward!  Of course she wanted to kill him!
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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2013, 05:52:30 PM »

that's awesome! 

Another marketing too we can use!  LOL
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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2013, 05:57:17 PM »

Oh, he was "oil cleansing"!!!
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