PURE - 100% Tallow soap (unfragranced)

Unscented 100% tallow soap

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Unscented - No fragrance or essential oils

A soap for purists: 100% tallow (The fat came from a farm here in the Marlborough Sounds and was rendered by us - we do render all our tallow ourselves).

I put a lot of care into the recipe - because normally 100% tallow soaps don't lather very well, I added some sugar and citric acid, which helps to get more lather and also decided to use the dual lye method. I used mainly the usual sodium hydroxide (NaOh - lye), but added a part of potassium hydroxide (KOH - lye) as well. This is usually used for liquid soaps, but has the advantage here of producing a bit more lather than a 100% NaOh soap usually would.

Soap ingredients:

Saponified fats: 100% Tallow. Water, Glycerine*,  Citric Acid, Sugar

*Please note that I don't put any extra glycerine into the soap - this is just the glycerine that is created naturally during the soap making process.
According to NZ labelling rules the final ingredients of a product have to be listed

These range in weight from 82g to about 90g - I had a bit of a struggle to cut them regularly. But hubby made me some new add-ons for my cutter, which hopefully fixes the problem forever. Update: While the cutter problem seems solved now, these 100% tallow soaps are getting hard so quickly, that I have to unmould them after 3-4 hours - they were difficult to get out of my new  mould and I lost some soap during the process. Sorry for that - it seems a work in progress....

Properties of oils / materials used:

Tallow Provides excellent hardness to soap for long-lasting bars. Produces a creamy lather with good cleansing properties. Contains skin-friendly vitamins A, D, E, and K. Natural antioxidants help protect the skin.
Citric acid in your soap serves a dual purpose. It helps your soap perform well in hard water by preventing mineral build up, ensuring a rich lather. Additionally, it acts as a natural preservative, extending the soap's shelf life for a longer-lasting product you'll enjoy.
Sugar Added to soap recipes to increase lather and bubbles. Acts as a natural humectant, attracting moisture to the skin.

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