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« Reply #310 on: April 03, 2010 05:17:35 PM »

I think the soap supplies are so pricey because they are imported and then marked up to be mean.

Question about the coconut oil: do you have any ethnic grocery stores in your area? Being in Australia, do you have any Afrikaans, or Indonesian/Thai grocers? Coconut oil is a BIG cooking oil in those cultures, and you can find generally find it there. When I lived in a more "ethnic area" of Denver, I used to get really cheap coconut oil at the Afrikaans market on Colfax.  I would have to imagine that, given your geographic location, there is *something* there? Or do you have any specialty markets? Coconut oil is also big in vegan/allergen-free cooking, here in the states.

Shortening, as MareMare said, is a superior option (cost-wise... and I would honestly argue soap-wise, too Wink) to palm oil. It's generally really cheap, too, if you get the generic. I have to assume Aussie groceries have generics? Gosh I suddenly feel so clueless about Australia...

Actually Australia prides itself on being multicultrual... and certain suburbs (in my city: Brisbane) seem to be rich in certain cultures and I DO know where an Afrikaans grocer is but its not very close to where I live. I do live close to a China town and theres a whole bunch of Asian grocers... Maybe I'll have to go check them for oils! Oh and Aussies love our generics! I mean why would I pay $2 for salt when I can get it for 89c! hehe

On a another note... I just had a dream about making soap (strange cos Ive only MP) in the dream I was mixing with a stick blender and I realised I was wearing safety glasses but not gloves and then I realised I didnt have any lye lol. Do you guys ever dream about soap?
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« Reply #311 on: April 03, 2010 11:17:13 PM »

WHAT. That's crazy! I think it's mainly because I don't buy wholesale - I'm too broke for that at the moment so I've been making small batches. There's a co-op here that sells local oils in bulk, so that helps a lot! But still, it's definitely not as cheap. I think once I settle down into my actual house and am getting my paychecks again, then I will REALLY start making some soap!
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« Reply #312 on: April 05, 2010 03:30:26 AM »

Coconut oil is also widely used with Indian and Sri Lankan cooking, so check any kind of Asian markets.
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« Reply #313 on: April 05, 2010 08:13:10 AM »


Actually Australia prides itself on being multicultrual... and certain suburbs (in my city: Brisbane) seem to be rich in certain cultures and I DO know where an Afrikaans grocer is but its not very close to where I live. I do live close to a China town and theres a whole bunch of Asian grocers... Maybe I'll have to go check them for oils! Oh and Aussies love our generics! I mean why would I pay $2 for salt when I can get it for 89c! hehe

Ah cool, definitely check the markets in the Asian area. You'll be surprised what you can find, and the prices are generally much cheaper.

Just make sure you get coconut oil, and not virgin. That tends to be pricier. I taught a class a few years ago and a gal ranted about how expensive coconut oil was, and it turned out that she bought virgin from Whole Foods. Holy cow, lady! Cheesy
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« Reply #314 on: April 13, 2010 07:29:02 AM »

but virgin coconut oil smells sooooo good..too bad it doesnt transfer to the soap Sad

mmmm...coconut!
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« Reply #315 on: April 13, 2010 08:43:07 AM »

I picked up a few jars of coconut oil from the Indian market back in the day (the normal grocery stores started carrying it! $5 for 2 lb--YEAH!), and it smells like smoked ham.  It's the weirdest thing.  The smell even kind of lingers in the finished product.  I can't bring myself to use it up because it's so weird.  Does anyone have a clue why it smells like that?  The stuff I use now (Louana brand) smells fine.

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« Reply #316 on: April 13, 2010 08:47:40 AM »

My guess is one of two things: either the oil was mislabeled or was contaminated/expired. Or it was just really really poor quality. Okay that's three things ... feel free to insert any Spanish Inquisition jokes. Grin
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« Reply #317 on: April 13, 2010 09:29:16 AM »

I would just like to report that I made some soap with wine as the liquid base and it was the single most scarring, awful, and ultimately disgusting soaping experience I've ever had. 

Details and photos to follow when I get home tonight.
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« Reply #318 on: April 13, 2010 11:08:59 AM »

I would just like to report that I made some soap with wine as the liquid base and it was the single most scarring, awful, and ultimately disgusting soaping experience I've ever had. 

Details and photos to follow when I get home tonight.

ohhh..a cliff hanger Smiley

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« Reply #319 on: April 13, 2010 11:13:29 AM »

Ha ha, I'm curious too.  That was one I'd been wanting to try--but I guess this means I shouldn't!

Sorry to hear about your ruined batch, but at the same time, I can't wait to see the photos! (It's like watching a train wreck....)


ETA: Ooh, and thanks, Nymeria.  I guess I'll just throw out the remaining jar.  Nobody wants soap that smells like ham....
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