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Using Rendered Fats - 2016
In giving thought to reducing the amount of palm oil in my soaps, I've been considering experimenting with lard.  I will admit, yes, my very first thought was "I don't know...kinda gross!"   But I've had some good conversations with other soapmakers in recent months who have had super success with using both lard and tallow.  Some, like friend and colleague Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks are making the switch to rendered fats exclusively.  While I'm not ready for such an undertaking, I've been curious enough to give it a try.  
I spent a day researching and playing around with Soap Calc and came up with a recipe using these percentages:

    30% Olive Oil
    25% Coconut Oil
    20% Lard
    15% Rice Bran Oil
      6% Castor Oil
      4% Palm Kernel flakes (ok..I was still worried they would be too soft without a little palm :)

I used a 30% lye concentration and added 1 TBSP goat's milk powder to make a one p…