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Studio Olivia
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« on: October 17, 2012, 07:44:45 AM »

8 weeks ago I made soap with 24 oz of shea butter in a 5# batch of soap just to see if it would cure hard or soft.  Geez...it is hard!  At first is was soft and creamy feeling.  Well, the creamy surface feel is still there, but the bars are hard as can be.  I think I like this soap.  I have been using a bar in the shower for a week now and it hasn't melted like I thought it might and I haven't had to use any lotion after my shower.  LOVING IT!
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 07:54:51 AM »

Ooh going to have to try a high Shea butter soap now!!!
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 04:59:11 PM »

I add 25 per cent in some of my soaps. Everyone seems to love it. Me too! The cocoa butter is my main ingredient. Spendy soap but luxurious.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2012, 07:31:25 PM »

Songofhealth, do you put both in your soap...shea butter and cocoa butter? 
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2012, 07:51:32 PM »

Yes. I don't use any fruit oils or any food intolerance ingredients, which posed quite a challenge to creating a formula. It's hard yet very moisturizing along with the other oils used. Like I said, spendy compared to the fruit oil bases but oh so yummy. Even smells good enough to eat! That's due to the cocoa butter.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2012, 08:18:30 AM »

I've used Shea butter but in much smaller amounts.  I will have to try a batch with much more.  I suffer with dry skin in the winter and have trouble getting moisture into me.  I'll give this a try.  Thanks for the insight.
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2012, 08:50:31 AM »

Just remember to run the calcs. Shea does not completely break down which is why it is such a great superfat. Let us know how it works for you!
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Studio Olivia
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2012, 08:59:34 AM »

I just ordered shea and cocoa butters.  I haven't used cocoa butter yet, I will work on a recipe to try both in a batch.  Sounds like an interesting challenge, songofhealth.  And I  agree...run everything through the soap calc...or suffer the consequences.  LOL!  And  you are welcome nfgal
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2012, 10:46:08 AM »

My ugly baby black soap is made with high amounts of shea.  I don't think its any better than any of my other, much cheaper soaps.

But maybe I'm biased bc its so ugly....
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Studio Olivia
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2012, 11:42:06 AM »

Funny, loolee!  Do you have a picture of this "ugly" soap?

Song--what do you mean by fruit oils?  Just curious.  Most oils come from the seeds of various plants, so what is your list of oils that you won't use, if it is ok to ask.  Thanks!
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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2012, 04:43:43 PM »

Studio Olivia, sure it's ok to ask why and what I use!

The most common "fruit" oils are olive, palm, coconut, avocado, etc.  Per the Carroll Food Intolerance Evaluation method, there are about 10 different food categories that people may be intolerant to; i.e., fruit, potato, egg, dairy, meat, seafood, etc.  You'd be amazed at how many people have an intolerance to all fruit, or fruit in combination with another food category.  To help our fruit intolerant patients/clients, I decided to find a way to make soap that they could use without reaction from their intolerance absorbing into their system through the skin.  Other fruit oils are mango, babissu, all berries and seeds from the fruit.  All those seed samples Steve put in his giveaway - cranberry, strawberry seeds, etc. I gave away.  Can't use any of it in my soap.

Earlier this year my Naturopaths discovered an intolerance to cactus, so we have added cactus to the list of food intolerance categories.  So now I make an unscented soap without cactus (all my other soaps have jojoba oil and yucca extract which are both in the cactus family). 

I am personally intolerant to potato.  When I first began collecting ingredients, I bought dead sea mud to add for cleansing.  I have my Naturopath evaluate all my ingredients for any hidden ingredients.  Turns out the dead sea mud analyzed positive for potato!  Hard telling where in the process it comes from.  Anyway, I gave the mud to my soap making buddy as I couldn't use it.

So, that's my basis for what I put in my soap.  It took some time to work out formulas but the soap wonderful.  Good for all skin types, cleanses while moisturizes and softens, smells great, lasts long - only drawback is it's spendy!  I use other additives that are all natural for specific purposes, i.e. clay.
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Studio Olivia
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2012, 05:02:50 PM »

Your soap sounds great, song.  I have heard that soap can be made with all shea butter, but I am not one to spend that kind of money on making a batch with it.  It is costly, but maybe in the future when I can afford it, I'll make a batch just to see what it's like. 

Your info is really interesting.  I had no idea people were allergic to so many things, but then it stands to reason that the human body can be allergic to anything at all. 

Thanks for posting.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2012, 05:37:30 PM »

You're welcome. You can read about food intolerance vs allergy at my website. More n more people are becoming aware of the need to avoid certain foods. Probably cutting into medical profits!
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2012, 07:25:21 AM »

What about those with nut allergies?  There are far more people allergic to nut products than fruit.   I would be more concerned abou that then the fruits personally.  I have worked in healtcare for 34 + years and that is my biggest concern.

But, if it's working for you that's awesome.
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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2012, 07:57:29 AM »

What has been your experience with any allergy to almonds? That is the only nut oil or product I use.

My focus is to avoid food intolerances first, then avoid allergenic s where possible. As we know, we can't please everyone in the same batch. I have a friend allergic to chocolate. She seems to be ok with my soaps tho. I have another who doesn't do well with lavender and yet another who can't have mint. Good thing I make many different flavors!

I am aware that the allopathic world of medicine views health approaches very differently from Naturopathy.  That's why we each fill our own market niches. Lucky for all of us there's a lot of niches.

Thank you for sharing your views.
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