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Palm Kernel Flakes - This oil is commonly used to help harden cold process recipes. It can be used up to 15% in your soap recipes. It will speed up trace when used in recipes.

Botanical Name:  Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Soy Lecithin
Common Name:  Palm Kernel Flakes


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by Renee
on 5/11/2015
I LOVE using these, but the manufacturer is a key factor...
I've been using Palm Kernel flakes for a number of years now, and I love what this oil brings to my soap. Like Mary, I had an issue last fall with my Palm Kernel Flakes not melting correctly.. they were taking longer to melt and solidifying almost immediately. (I had noticed a change in the packaging of the Palm Kernel Flakes with that supply order) I masterbatch my soap recipe, and I had to fight with over 220 lbs of oils (56 batches of soap) to be able to reorder. (To say that it "sped trace" would be an understatement) When I reordered supplies, I noted that the packaging had returned to what I had been used to getting on my previous orders. In all the years I've been ordering from Bramble Berry, there was only this ONE order where I had encountered an issue with this product, and it was because of a change in manufacturer. I'm happy to see that this has resolved, and I haven't had any issues with the last 50 lb box I ordered.
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by Shelly
on 2/16/2015
Spoiled batches after using this
I am very disappointed, my sister and I ordered this because we were all out of our red palm oil and thought that this would be an easier alternative, but we made 5 batches this weekend, and all of them didn't turn out. I don't know what we are doing wrong, it happened after using this product in our soaps. Please help. :(

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Shelly! I'm sorry this product was giving you trouble in your cold process soap.  In our tests and recipes we found the Palm Kernel Flakes help to make a beautiful hard bar of soap as evidenced in the Tiger Stripe "Hanger" Swirl Tutorial.  It's important that the Palm Kernel Flakes are completely melted before adding to your other oils when making cold process soap.  If it is not completely melted your soap can have pockets of oil, while the rest of it is lye heavy!  I will email you personally to help troubleshoot!

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by Susanne
on 11/9/2014
Absolutely love these!
I have used BB's PKF for at least a year now and absolutely love how it adds a hardness to my soaps with just a little bit! I typically use at a rate of 7-10% of my oils. My only dislike is the bag they come in, would be easier in a shaker or bottle. I Will continue to purchase this! Thanks Brambleberry!
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by Emily
on 10/26/2014
Easy to use!
I have a CP soap recipe that was just a bit too soft, these were the perfect addition to harden the bar. At only 5% per recipe, they were exactly what I was needing. The flakes are easy to measure, and I haven't had any issues getting them to melt for mixing.
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by Mary
on 8/2/2014
Will not melt properly
I just tried to use the PKO flakes for a recipe I have made many times and had to repeatedly melt the flakes in the microwave for a total of 7 minutes! It kept re-hardening on the sides of the bowl and on my spatula when it was 90 degree outside and 75 in my house in Portland OR! I finally got my other oils in and let it cool down from 120 to 102. By then, my batter was at a medium trace consistency before I even put the lye water in! The other oils were APO, Castor, CO, Mango butter (from BB that I had tempered last week).. I never had this problem with the flakes from WSP. Just what is the melt point of these flakes? I felt like I was trying to work with carnuba wax. I had a temp of 150 or so after melting the flakes and adding the other oils brought it down to 120. Stirring it continuously, the temp came down some more but it was clearly thickening rapidly as if trying to re-solidify. I now have nearly 4 lbs of useless palm kernal flakes!!

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Mary! I'm sorry this product wasn't your favorite. Because they are in flake form, they will have a higher melting point than oils. Also, they will accelerate trace. However, we've found they work well when used at 15% or less in your recipe, as shown in this Tiger Stripe "Hanger" Swirl Tutorial. I'll be emailing you personally to help troubleshoot!

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