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I'm sure I've read SOMEWHERE that CP soap can be dried in the dehydrator on low ...then it doesn't have to have the 3 week curing process...but I can't find it anywhere! Anyone out there know about that? I have an Excaliber dryer and have it set on the lowest setting.... is this ok and for how long???
And, what else can I add to my soap to make it a bit harder to last longer? I'm using beeswax now,...just upped the amount to "3 ice cubes worth' per 5# batch of soap...and I use coconut oil, olive oil, safflower oil and lard in the recipe. But I'd like to make it last a bit longer if possible and I don't want to remill it. Thanks!
 

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I think a dehydrator gives off to much heat. You might melt your soap. I have heard that putting your soap in a room with a dehumidifier takes out the moisture a bit faster. Don't quote me on that tho. LOL Been a long time since I made some serious soap. Just getting back into it myself and in the 6 or so years had my first volcano. What an adrenaline rush to get that cleaned up and not get burned.

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I've read that the dehydrator even on low is still to hot for soap. Maybe you could put it near a heat source such as the stove, furnace or radiant heater but I wouldn't take a chance on a dehydrator. As for dehumidifiers I think some soapmakers put their fresh soaps in a room with a dehumidifier going but those things pull a lot of electricity (I think). There is much discussion about what makes for a "full cure" but I've found that just letting it dry out and harden on its own is still the best way. :)
 

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Decrease the liquid amount you're using to get your soaps harder faster.

With coconut oil, olive oil, safflower oil and lard you should have a very hard bar.

What percentage of liquid to oils used are using in your recipe??
 

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Cyndi, I am using one of your recipes you had posted a few years back. I LOVE the recipe but want it harder. I will try cutting back on the water ...and I guess I'll leave the door open on the dehydrator to help speed the drying as well....Thanks all!
 

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One of the 3# recipes on my website?
14 oz. olive oil
14 oz. coconut oil
14 oz. Lard
6 oz. Sunflower Seed
16 oz. cold water
6.7 oz. lye crystals

This should harden up pretty fast and be ready to go in 4-6 weeks
 

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Well, what I am trying to say is I want to make the bar harder to LAST longer in the shower. I have one particular customer that says she LOVES my soap....but that they don't last long enough. So, what can I do to make them last longer??? Yes, that's the recipe but I've added in some beeswax.....also, another question if you don't mind: am I able to somehow melt down a batch to add in more EO if I wanted to??? If so, how would I go about that. Thanks so much!
 

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you can also use oo or tallow to make it harder.

and to rebatch? Fairly easy but will make your soap look different.

grate it, put it in a crockpot, add some milk, cook until ready and add in the eo/fo desired.

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I WOULDN'T use the dehydrator. It'll permanently smell like your soap. More than likely. I use an unheated garage and it cures the soap nicely.
 
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