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    Martin De Candre is just 70% stearic acid and 30% coconut oil and glycerin. You could just try that as a base.

    OP If you're interested, pm me your particulars and I'll send you a puck of homemade shaving soap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siguy View Post
    Hey. That's awesome and welcome.

    Here's the results of an advanced search by Topic (search term "making soap" :

    http://straightrazorplace.com/search...archid=3065234

    Great place to start. Fascinating, really.

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    A targeted search, within a highly respectable site, full of knowledgeable and friendly guys...

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    May your lather be moist and slick, the sweep of your razor sure, and your edge always keen!

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    I have read a couple of those. Will a basic soap really lather properly, though? I am willing to use the ingredients necessary to get a stable lather, just not a whole chemistry set of oils and fragrances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirnanigans View Post
    I have read a couple of those. Will a basic soap really lather properly, though? I am willing to use the ingredients necessary to get a stable lather, just not a whole chemistry set of oils and fragrances.
    I just included these as examples. I would compare them to a good shaving soap recipe and try substituting the fats.
    May your lather be moist and slick, the sweep of your razor sure, and your edge always keen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KindestCutOfAll View Post
    I just included these as examples. I would compare them to a good shaving soap recipe and try substituting the fats.
    I was afraid of this, but it looks like the best way to go is trial and error. I have enough fat to make 3 smaller pucks of soap, and I have glycerine, olive oil, and coconut oil on hand.

    I will have to try three bars of soap each with only one of the extra ingredients to pinpoint which provide more crucial benefits for shaving.

    Then I can just suffer through the sub-par soaps (assuming they all suck in worst case scenario) until I have enough bacon fat again to build on my new found knowledge.

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    Very high stearic acid and high superfat %.
    There isn't enough SA in tallow. Use tallow as a base and add extra SA so will need to order it.
    Its been ages since I made shaving soap so a bit rusty. shaving soap requires a tight robust lather, that's why tallow/SA is the way to go.
    You will have to use the hot method with this amount of stearic.

    Joe

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