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« on: November 11, 2010 10:33:11 AM »

I've just orders some lye and fragrances and as soon as they come in, i'd like to get started attempting my first soaps.

My plan is to do a non-scented, non-colored batch first.  I'll rebatch it later for scents and colors.

But i have a few questions.

1) I've read in a couple of places that i should always use stainless steel.  then i've read glass.  and i've read that plastic is ok.  I've also read that I can use a rubber spatula.  Can someone clarify this for me?  because if i can use plasticware, it would be far cheaper for me to round out my supplies as most of my stuff is plastic at home.

2) is Pomace oil okay?  its a super low grade olive oil.  I ask because in chinatown, i can get a gallon for like $8.  way cheaper than anything else. found my answer for that

3) And just out of curiosity, could you soap with peanut oil?  I probably won't do it because i know a lot of people with peanut allergies but i see a lot of peanut oil on sale lately for deep-frying turkeys... and that

Thanks for your help, guys!
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2010 03:48:13 PM »

Personally I would lean towards plastic and stainless steel. With the glass I'm always worried it will get too hot and crack, or I'll drop it or bang it on the side of the stink. Plastic will *eventually* wear out, but I've been using the same lye pitcher for 6 years and it's still fine, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. Just know that if it's really thin and poor quality you should keep and eye on it and might need to replace it when it begins to look worn.

I use plastic spoons personally, but some people use rubber spatulas, go with your preference. Just stay away from wooden spoons, they will splinter too quickly and you'll get bits of wood in your soap.
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2010 01:32:42 AM »

A caveat on the stainless steel...

There are varying qualities of stainless steel in the world. I don't see a location mentioned on your profile, so I don't know if it's an issue or not.

Where I am, stainless steel will stain, rust, pit, discolour, and even peel. I would NOT trust what passes for stainless steel here for anything to do with soaping. Ever. I don't even want to use it for cooking, but we don't have much in the way of healthier options, but that's a longer story.

If I were in a first world nation, it might be another story, but here, or in other countries with the kind of stainless steel we have, no. Not on your life.

Moral of the story? Depends on the quality of the stainless steel.
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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2010 07:01:34 AM »

It says she's in Texas on her profile...that's in the US so she's good Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2010 07:12:24 AM »

The main reason for saying to only use stainless steel/glass/plastic is because you should NEVER use aluminum- it reacts with the lye, meaning you'll end up with aluminum in your soap, which isn't exactly a good thing, either for your soap or for your aluminum soap pot.
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2010 07:29:09 AM »


Where I am, stainless steel will stain, rust, pit, discolour, and even peel. I would NOT trust what passes for stainless steel here for anything to do with soaping. Ever. I don't even want to use it for cooking, but we don't have much in the way of healthier options, but that's a longer story.

Yeah, then that's not stainless steel.

I would be curious what you use over there for your soapmaking needs. In China we got great stainless steel, but sounds like Sri Lanka is different. Do you use plastic, then?
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2010 06:30:31 PM »


Where I am, stainless steel will stain, rust, pit, discolour, and even peel. I would NOT trust what passes for stainless steel here for anything to do with soaping. Ever. I don't even want to use it for cooking, but we don't have much in the way of healthier options, but that's a longer story.

Yeah, then that's not stainless steel.

I would be curious what you use over there for your soapmaking needs. In China we got great stainless steel, but sounds like Sri Lanka is different. Do you use plastic, then?
It's called stainless steel, it looks like stainless steel when it's new, and it's the only form of "stainless steel" that we have here. It's kind of like "cheese". Even our so-called non-stick stuff isn't really that non-stick, and it bubbles, peels, and splits within a matter of months. It seems like we get the factory rejects that no other country is willing to import.

As for soapmaking... Sadly, despite the last couple of years of reading up on it, I haven't started yet. Very long story there. If I were to soap, I would personally stick with plastic only since that's VERY easy to come by here.
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2010 04:22:12 PM »

i think i'll just use plastic to be on a safe side.  plus plastic is a lot cheaper than stainless steel, especially if i screw up.  lol
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