Choosing Oils for Soap Making: Oil types and fatty acids, balancing recipes and Soapcalc explained ๐Ÿง

Are you wondering what is the best oil combination of oils for your handmade cold process or hot process soap recipes? What are the main fatty acids in soap …


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  1. Hi Elly! I enjoy your videos so much. You're very clear, detailed and thorough with your explanations. Also, your delivery shows how much you enjoy your craft, which is so uplifting. ๐Ÿ’ž

  2. Hello there! was wondering about the quality of the oils. I make my own body and face creams and its best if you use cold-press organic oils. So my Question is if its needed in soap making ? seeing as it goes throw harsh conditions with the lye, maybe it doesn't matter..
    Thanks a bunch!

  3. Iโ€™m new to this soap making maybe not your typical soaper Iโ€™m
    Your Chanel has what I have been looking forโ€ฆ I made tonight your pine tar soap. Have not really understood what oils do what how and why. Your very informative and have a voice that is lovely to listen too.. thanks again for what you do

  4. Thank you very much, so informative… but all I could get is that the harder soap the deeper cleaning and the dryer skin might get…hope I get it right here…so choose a fat to mix with is the next step I'm going to figure out

  5. Thank you so much for this video! Could you please share with me your best recipe for a moderate cleansing, moderate to high lather, and a very hard, long lasting bar that doesn't melt in the shower? My head is still spinning from all of this information haha

  6. Wow, Wow, Wow, Thank you so much for sharing you knowledge, This is a lot of research and work you have done when most would charge to teach. I've never seen in any video how the fatty acids were broken down in section with the example oils. I've been soaping for a couple of years but never took the time to do deep research. Thank you so much for your clarity it has help me tremendously. You are an awesome soap maker! Thank you again.

  7. Thank you so so much for making this wonderful video on the most concerned topics. I really really appreciates your efforts and believe me it helped a lot to understand further. Here is a humble request if u kindly make a video on how to test fragrance oils in soap making plz and wud more appreciate if u also give a soap recipe for testing fo. I have been facing this issue and it ruins my whole soap batter. Tips also like when to add FO, additives like puree. Plz note that EO in my place is really very very expensive. Thank u for your understanding. Good Day

  8. This is such a great informative video. It is evident that you have taken a lot of time and effort to make this video, thank you so much. The video has been very helpful, and I really appreciate it. Thank you for making this video simple and easy to understand.

  9. Thank you for such an excellent explanation, I understand this much better. I just want to congratulate you on everything you have mentioned in terms of fair trade, being responsible for what we use, like palm oil. Here in Guatemala our fields are being devastated with palm oil, our natives have no more land to cultivate their crops si to this, our natives and land owners have sold to these palm oil companies. We no longer see cattle in our long trips, instead, just palm oil fields. Just very sad and definitely upset. Of course I do not contribute to their earnings, we do not use palm oil, no siree. But thank you for sharing all this knowledge.

  10. I love how you break down information. You do it as if you were a scientist, and you might as well be one. I am a math and science savvy person, so I really love the breakdown of the fundamentals and chemistry of the soap making process. It could get even more technical, but that would not really be necessary for most watching and wanting to start soap making.

  11. I process my own chickens and I use the chicken fat (schmaltz) in my cooking, however I have so much. I'll have to check out soapcalc and see what sort of soap it will make. Thanks so much for all the awesome information.

  12. Hi Elly, this a great video! Thank you so much for your dedication in putting this information together for us! After years of soap learning I am finally confident enough and will be making my first batch of soap using your coffee soap recipe, but to make things easier I will be just using water for the lye solution, wish me luck! Hello from Brazil!! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  13. Hi,its heavily raining in my place and I could find tiny water droplets on my cp soaps which are like 2 months old.i have kept them on shelves. And when I make new soaps it take long time to get harder and I find difficult to unmold them.pls help.

  14. thanks for the great videos you make i am a newbie to soap making. doing it out of necessity . american in the philippines ( on disability )with a big family here to care for and high inflation . will be going the homestead route doing all we can for ourselves. i do have coconut trees in the back so first i have to learn to make coconut oil. then laundry soap will be first

  15. Wow, thank you so much for all this information!!! Iโ€™ve been doing a lot of research in soap making and this video was so helpful in understanding the various properties of the oils. Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™ll be watching it a couple more times to absorb all the details!!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  16. Elly, Help!
    Is there a method to recover a soap pour that does not "gel" or become hard? We suspect the olive oil may not have been 100% olive oil. (Here is the states it is common to find adulterated oils and even honey is bastardized.)
    We followed your recipes for the cold process beginner and castile.
    So our soap was wrapped and left in the molds for 48 hours but it is still soft.
    Has this ever happened to you? How can we "test" our olive oil?

  17. Aloha from Haleiwa, HI!
    Bravo, thank you Elly for all the time you put into making this video! If it were not for your videos I don't think I would have ever undertaken soap making. I've had great success with my soaps thanks to you. I've even been making my own recipes using soap calc, thanks to you also.

    I just want to also encourage your viewers to make sure they are buying you a coffee or contributing in some way to give back.

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