Fat grease...

Powerhands

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Hello!
I want to start making my own soap. There are several health food stores around me and all of them have artisan hand made soaps. I have tried several bars from different makers, but there's a problem. I find that no matter which kind of homemade soap I use, they won't clean off fat - body oil yes, but not fat. I cut a lot of meat and I trim off the fat and that fat gets on my hands. These soaps will not remove the fat on my hands. My hands remain "greasy" no matter how long I wash them. I find that I have to use commercial soaps (Dawn works great for that kind of oil/grease!) to get my hands clean. Is there a way around this or am I just buying the wrong kinds of soap?
Thank you! :)
 

Yooper

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Soap doesn’t really clean off fat very well, as you’ve found. I’d probably try one with 100% coconut oil, and a superfat of 10% or so. That could be very stripping, but it may work as a hand soap. For my body, I do salt bars with 100% coconut oil and a superfat of 20-25% with 50% salt of weight of oils and it’s not stripping/drying at all.

Coconut oil soaps can be very drying though, so I think it’d have to be a balancing act.
 
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