[Solved] Oil Replacments
Lard is sort of unique in that is creates a nice hard bar and you can work with it at a medium trace. Tallow, and any other rendered animal fat would be the most comparable, but as far as one of the well known substitutes you can use palm to replace both rice bran and lard. Make sure to run through the calculator when you change out the oils because he sap value will change. (Avocado and coco butter also have a similar fat profile, but if you want to get the same texture, you'll have to blend them a little.)
I tried it with just cocnut oil(50%) and olive oil(50%) . Do you think this is good combination of the oils ? I couldn't get a thick trace here 🙁 The soap did not solidify even after 2 days 🙁
I even tried 100% cocunut oil and this also did not give me thick trace. But the soap solidified and when cured kind of gave a good look.
I would like to try only vegan and palm oil free soaps. What oils do you think are good and in what % should we mix ?
Well, there are many recipes in the course and, of course, in the directory, but specifically lesson 2 ( https://thermalmermaid.com/blog/welcome-page/lesson-two/ ) has many that are for beginners. You can make a full coconut oil soap, but it will end up being very drying. If you do choose all coconut, give it about a 15 - 20% superfat to balance out the moisturizing qualities. More commonly people will use 100% olive oil for a beautiful Castille soap. This makes a lovely bar, but it does take a long time to come to trace, so that is normal. Also, high amounts of olive oil take longer to cure, so give it plenty of time. All of these recipes will be hard bars and a bit drying. Try to add shea butter or mango butter at about 10% to enrich the quality if you want to.