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ceebee2001
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« on: September 14, 2011, 06:05:15 AM »

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen. 
At a meeting last night, one of my cohorts asked me about making him a Neem oil soap.  Anyone have any suggestions?   Huh Not asking for your secret recipes, just some guidelines or percentages would be helpful.
I was reading an advertisement (Thera Neem)  for one that contains neem, olive,coconut, palm, Jojoba ,plus wild-African Shea butter.  Where I am really perplexed would be what to scent with as I understand Neem oil can be a very strong, almost unpleasant odour. Blending scents is one of my weak skills as I tend to like unscented products
 I would like to work out some of the details before I place my next soaping order as I have not purchased any Neem oil yet.
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2011, 12:28:35 AM »

Maybe you could check some websites that sell Neem oil soap to see how they scent them.  Also might check on the usage rates for the Neem - I'm thinking it's not used at the same rate that most base oils would be.

Anita
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2011, 06:57:14 AM »

So far I have found max 10% neem oil, but most have left out scenting ideas, or they are making dog soap and scent it for that.
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2011, 01:29:16 PM »

neem is a strange scent.
I would embrace the medicinal-ish smell and add some combination of tea-tree/eucalyptus/lemongrass/cedarwood.
I would try to go woodsy/earthy with it.
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2011, 03:50:47 PM »

Thanks Kneecole   those are the scents that I am drawn to, and as this is for an outdoorsy  man I'm sure they would work well.
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2011, 07:51:17 PM »

I make neem soap regularly. Rarely sell any but use it myself. My recipe contains 6% neem which is what I thought was the max usage. Did not keep notes on my research which was several years ago Undecided. I just ran onto a note from a fellow soaper who I believe researches extensively and she lists 20% in a wash off product for itchy skin that is breaking or splitting. She adds tea tree. I don't add any eo. I do add ground rosemary for interest and spirulina for color. Hmm just found my research on a post it note on my recipe. This came from majestic mountain sage: antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral. Over the counter products up to 10%. Bar soaps up to 5%. Not sure how I ended up with 5.5% but I use it on my feet daily for washing and have not had a problem. I had the start of fungal nails and it took a year but now I don't.
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2011, 04:29:13 PM »

Hi ceebee2001,

You should speak to the person who requested the soap, that is, if you are making it specifically for him. 

Neem has a nutty-garlic fragrance.  There is a chance the person may not want a fragrance or synthetic fragrance if he is using it for a skin-related ailment. 

Ask the customer for the purpose of that specific soap and see if he wants it fragranced.
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2011, 11:51:52 AM »

I made a Neem and Tea Tree oil soap.  It came out great I did put a little lemongrass essential oil in it to help with the scent as Neem smells quite bad. 

I had to cure it in the garage as I couldn't stand the smell in my soap room.  After it cured the smell is not bad at all.   It works really good on acne as I have a grandson who has a problem. 

If you crate your own receipes just do the research on which oils to use.  I used about 10% Neem oil.

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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2011, 02:21:11 PM »

Here I is what I ended up doing.  My friend loved it and it's helping his skin, as he always forgets to use the cream the doctor gave him.  Says it's easier to use a bar of soap in the shower, than remember to pack the cream when he is on the road.


544.31 grams  coconut oil
635.029 grams  olive Oil
453.592 grams palm Oil
181.437 grams Shea Butter
181.437 grams  Neem Oil

 7 teaspoons each of Eucalyptus and lemongrass and tea tree
I used my crockpot to make it, did not smell as bad as I was anticipating it to.
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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2012, 04:40:16 PM »

I've used neem at 5% and found that when it was done cooking, you could not smell any neem oil, HP soap, I had a friend tell me that after a good cure time, she could not smell it anymore in her CP batch.
I have also came across what I beleive is Neem EO??? Not sure though, but my thoughts were, you could add less neem smelling oil for the same bang if it were.
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2012, 11:20:18 PM »

I make neem soap using the HP method.  I add the neem at the end of the cooking just before I pour.  The scent is strong but I feel the benifits of the neem are better added after the cook.  I use Lavender, eucalyptus and sometimes geranium EOs to complement/rather cover the scent. The scent has grown on me ...I dont really find it that bad.
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2012, 04:28:42 AM »

The smell does fade off the longer it cures. To me it smells kind of nutty once it becomes soap but when you first open that bottle to use it you are going to wonder why anybody would ever want it. 5%-20% is what I usually use but my latest batch I went up to 30% on and I can't tell much difference in the smell between it and the 20% but by now I am so used to it I don't even notice.
 I love neem for a facial soap since it is all purpose- good for both acne and older skin.
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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2012, 07:59:53 AM »

Personally I did not find the smell of the neem offensive.  It kinda was pea-nutty, garlicky. There are a few times when I read beware of the stench of ..... and when I did make whatever, I was ready but usually did not find a bad smell. 
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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2012, 12:49:05 PM »

I use a sandalwood fragrance with my neem soap.  It is for pets but I use it too.  I dont find Neem offensive smelling at all.  The sandalwood fragrance is enhanced by the neem making a very earthy scented bar.
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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2012, 09:06:11 PM »

Hi,
I have been making a neem oil soap but I add 5% neem oil after i cook my oliveoil coconut oil and soya oil soap ..HP method. I add it before I glop it into the mould as it is beneficial as is. Also add Neem leaf dried and powdered at home as a mild scrub. I scent it with basil EO and the smell is a favourite among people who use it for troubled skin. A little jasmine also works well with the basil . Also the leaf gives a wonderful green colour to the soap.
Elaine
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