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    Let us know how good it is once it's cured, this is something I'd like to have a go at.
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    I tested a little of the cooled off goop on a tender spot under my arm. Skin is still there and there is no burning.
    DO NOT DO WHAT I JUST SAID I DID TO TEST YOUR SOAP. THAT'S REALLY DUMB. (but it did let me know really quick if the soap was neutral)

    I'll post steps and ingredients in another post in this same section for others to try.. now that I've done it, it's really very easy.
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    How fortunate your arm didn't look like your avatar!

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    YCC, I would let the soap cure in the mold until it is solid. HOWEVER, I would not use it for at least 2 weeks as it takes a while for the lye and lard to saponify. I would hate for you to chemicaly burn tender parts of your body.(lower)
    I have never had a problem with the clean up but the person who taught our soap making class pointed out that when you shower the soap is on your most tender skin longer than when you wash your hands.
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    That's the advantage of hot-processing the soap. It stays liquid and allows it to completely saponify before pouring it into the mold. It's usable as soon as it's solid. The opacity of the HOT solution is a good indication that it has saponified completely.
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    For the record, I still haven't washed off the application of the soap on the underside of my arm and I still have no reaction to it, so it must have worked. A quick dab and washing it off really quick would have proven nothing. That spot has had soap on it for hours now and it's not red or irritated. It smells pretty good to have no perfumes or other stuff in it tho.
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    Thanks, I may have to try this method. I was not looking forward to waiting for soap to cure for 2 weeks while not able to take a bath.

    I saved the seeds from when I made blackberry wine last year. Thinking about using them to make a hand soap with an abrasive sort of like LAVA.
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