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Making soap from scratch
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My girlfriend and I have been messing around making soap, using the commercially available soap bases. We basically just melt it down, add a few ingredients and pour it into a mold. We are able to buy soap bases for about $2 per pound.

Well we wanted to start making soap bases from scratch, to possibly save money, and because it would be fun and allow us to adjust the recipe for different types of soaps. But I've been searching high and low on the internet for prices on the basic ingredients (coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil) and even if we buy in bulk 28 pound buckets, it will cost over $3 per pound to make the soap base.

Does anyone know of a cheaper source to buy these ingredients? Maybe a local supplier so that we don't have to pay shipping?

FWIW, we are planning on selling these, so we're willing to buy in bulk.
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Are those oils just regular oils like you'd use for cooking? If they are, check to see if you have a local restaurant supply store. I've been buying all kinds of things from our local store and they're generally cheaper than other places. Olive Oil has shot up in the past couple of years in price, the other oils I never look at since I don't use them.
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Whale blubber. You can buy it by the truckload.

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I'm actually saving about a coffee can worth of deer tallow that I saved from hunting season to use for making soap when I get around to it. I believe any oils and fats would work but the recipes will vary.

My question is what's a good reliable source for lye?
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#5
There's documentation out there for making your own lye. I think there might even be a thread about it here somewhere.
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streaker69;130642 Wrote:There's documentation out there for making your own lye. I think there might even be a thread about it here somewhere.

I know there was a thread about trying to melt your hands off with lye and how much was needed to do so but.....
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#7
If you want to get into exotic soaps you could always go dumpster diving outside your local liposuction office.

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Have you looked here? http://www.bulknaturaloils.com/
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streaker69;130633 Wrote:Are those oils just regular oils like you'd use for cooking? If they are, check to see if you have a local restaurant supply store. I've been buying all kinds of things from our local store and they're generally cheaper than other places. Olive Oil has shot up in the past couple of years in price, the other oils I never look at since I don't use them.

Didn't think about that, I'll give it a shot.

mingomom;130647 Wrote:Have you looked here? http://www.bulknaturaloils.com/

No, I haven't seen that before but I just checked it out and it would cost about $310 to make 124 pounds of soap, which comes to $2.50/pound, still higher than what I can buy premade soap base for.

Ugh, I'm starting to think it's not really worth it to make it from scratch.
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Here's the place that's local to me, although I'm not sure if everything they have on their website they also have in stock: www.webstaurantstore.com/gold-medal-2652-solid-coconut-oil-35-lbs/3802652.html
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