Lard and Olive Oil Soap

This past fall, Spring, a good friend of my daughter-in-law, Wendy, butchered a pig and was kind enough to give me the fat.  Thank you again, Spring!

crockpot renderingI rendered the fat into a white, beautiful, creamy lard.  I had never done this before, so after researching different methods of rendering lard, I decided to try two different ways to see which one I liked the best.  You can see that article here, called Rendering Lard – Two Ways.

What to do with the lard?  Make soap, of course!  Animal fat is the traditional ingredient in soap, using either lard or tallow (tallow is beef fat), along with olive oil, which makes a wonderful hard bar of soap called Castile.

After reading numerous books on soapmaking and watching dozens of You Tube videos, I felt like I was ready to try.  I was a bit leery of the whole lye bit, but decided to take a deep breath and jump on the soapmaking bandwagon anyway!

The first thing I had to do wasDIY Wooden Soap Mold gather all the equipment, which in the grand scheme of things, isn’t a whole lot.  My dear husband made me a beautiful adjustable soap mold (you can see the directions on how to make one HERE) and I also bought PVC pipe with two end caps to make a round soap.

My first experiment was with the round soap mold.  I used the soap lye calculator at brambleberry.com (easy to use) and printed out my recipe.  I decided to use olive oil along with the lard because olive oil is known to make a gentle and mild-to-the-skin bar of soap that cures into a hard bar that won’t melt too fast in water.    Besides, one of the reasons for making my own soap is self sufficiency, and we will be planting olive trees this spring, so we will have our own source for olive oil in a few years.

Here is the recipe I used:  Recipe for Lard and Olive Oil Soap

First, I gathered all my materials.  Since my tap water has both chlorine and fluoride, I decided to go with the distilled water.  When we move up to our future homestead (soon!) I will use either well water or rainwater to make my soaps.  The olive oil I used came from a family friend who produces olive oil from his own orchard, because I knew it was pure. Thanks Ken!  I was able to find the lye at a local farm and feed store, which was lucky because I understand that lye is hard to find nowadays due to it’s use in making methamphetamines.  My digital kitchen scale worked perfect as did my digital kitchen thermometer.  My daughter-in-law sells doTERRA essential oils and has gifted me with several different oils, so I decided to use the lavender essential oil for my first batch of soap.  Lavender essential oil is known for it’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as it’s ability to calm, decrease depression and induce sleep!  For more information about essential oils, you can visit my daughter-in-law’s website HERE.  I am not an affiliate of doTERRA, but have come to really appreciate the quality of their oils.

How to make lard and olive oil soap

Ingredients all lined up and ready to go (minus the olive oil and lard). The vinegar is standing by to neutralize any possible splashes of lye.

Here we go:  The first thing I did was line my mold with waxed paper.  Easy enough!  The round mold sits upright on it’s own, which is a very good thing!  Then (deep breath), I measured the water and the lye separately and separately took both outside.  I carefully added the lye to the water.  Important!  Never add water to lye!  I’m not sure what happens, but this is a warning I see on every soaping website and tutorial I have ever seen, and this is one experiment I DO NOT want to try!  In fact, I was so nervous this first time pouring the lye into the water, that I read the instructions over and over just to make sure I was doing it right!  Plus, I did it outside so I wouldn’t be exposed to any noxious fumes!  I didn’t get a picture of this part because I was so nervous I forgot!  😉

Olive oil and Lard Soap TutorialNext, I melted the lard and added the olive oil.  I was just a bit nervous at this point because my lard smelled just a bit “piggy”.  I’m not sure if it was because it had been frozen for a while (which might have brought out the scent) or just melting it brought out a stronger smell, but there it was.  Hmmmm…….

Trudging ahead, when the lye water got to about 125 degrees and the lard/olive oil mixture was the same, I brought in the lye and carefully (so it wouldn’t splash) poured it into the lard/olive oil mixture.  Now I am glad I got such a large stainless steel pot, because the lye did splash just a bit, but the drops didn’t make it even half way up the pot!  I carefully used my plastic spoon to gently mix everything together, then with my stick blender on low, began carefully mixing.

The clear lye water and the clear but yellow lard/olive oil mixture turned a creamy antique white color almost immediately!  Lo and behold, within a minute or two of mixing, the “piggy” smell went away also!   So now I had to mix everything with the stick blender anywhere from 5 minutes to 15 minutes, or until I had achieved “trace”.  Of course, other than in pictures and in videos I had never actually, in person, seen trace before, so I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t know exactly what that was.  Well, let me tell you, you will know what trace is when you see it!  It’s similar to jelly making from scratch.  When a drop or two of the soap holds it’s shape on the surface of the soap, or if you turn off the stick blender and draw it across the soap and it leaves a “wake” behind it, you have achieved “trace”.  That’s the time to add anything else you are putting into the soap, like colorants, herbs, essential oils, etc., so I added the doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil at this point, turned on the stick blender and blended for another minute or so.  The soap was starting to get pretty thick by now (like a stiff pudding), so I knew it was time to get it into the mold.

Actually, I think I waited too long.  It was no longer pourable, so I had to spoon it into the mold.  Easier said than done at this point, since the round mold I was using had only a 3 inch opening!

** Note to self **

Get a good plastic or stainless steel funnel for pouring soap into the round mold!

DIY Lard and Olive Oil Soap

After the bottom of the mold was pried off, the soap just slipped out of the PVC mold.  This is a picture of the soap before the waxed paper was peeled off.

Done!  😀  I was so excited!  I didn’t burn myself or destroy anything with the lye.  I did it!  Wahoo!  I couldn’t wait to see how the soap turned out!  But I had to. 🙁    The instructions say to leave the soap in the mold for 24 to 48 hours.  I decided to go half way and open at about 36 hours.  The soap stuck a little bit to the bottom lid, but once I was able to pry it off, the soap slid easily out of the mold!  Now all I had to do was peel off the waxed paper (easier said than done) and cut the soap into bars.

How to make Lard and Olive Oil Soap

This picture was taken right after the soap was cut, and you can see the different colors in the soap. It reminded me of a cup of latte with a fat decorative pine tree on top! Do you see it? No worries, however, because as the soap cured, it all turned the same shade of white!

I ended up with ten 1″ bars of soap out of this batch.  I then tried stamping designs into the soap with some Stampin’ Up stamps, but I think I may have waited too long to unmold the soap, because it was already getting pretty hard!  I was able to get a slight impression into each bar, however.  Next time I will unmold after just 24 hours.

For my next lard soap, I decided to add in a bit of coconut oil, wild orange essential oil and chai tea.

How to make soap from lard and olive oil

I won’t write all the details, as most of the procedure I followed for this soap were the same as for the first soap.  However, I used 100 grams of the water to make a strong chai tea using four tea bags.  This was added to the lard/olive oil/coconut oil mixture after the lye water was already stirred in.  Supposedly this preserves the scent of the chai tea.  I also added a total of 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, cloves, ginger and cardamom, and this was all mixed with the stick blender until I reached trace.  Once the soap was at trace, I added the actual contents of the tea bags (that’s what all the speckles in the tea are about) and 10 drops of doTerra Wild Orange Essential Oil.

Chai tea and orange Soap

These are the ingredients used in my Chai tea and Wild Orange lard soap.

Let me tell you, the smell was amazing!  It smelled like sitting by a warm fireplace during a rainy autumn day with friends, drinking chai tea and eating oranges!

However, next time I make this soap, I will add just a bit more of the chai spices – maybe a full teaspoon – because upon unmolding the chai scent had become very subtle.  I think I will also add 15 drops of the EO.  I originally went light on the spices because I know that some can be an irritant to skin, but jeeze louise, one teaspoon in a two pound batch of soap shouldn’t be too much.  Right?

How to make soap with Lard

After slipping the soap out of the mold, I peeled back the waxed paper to reveal a beautiful loaf of soap, then cut into 1″ bars. I got eleven bars of soap from this batch.

While the soap was in the mold for 24 hours, I went to my local craft store and bought one of these wavy soap cutters.  When the soap was unmolded and then cut one inch thick, I ended up with almost perfectly sized 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ bars of soap!  Oh, I forgot to mention – see all those dark specks all over the soap to the left?  Along with adding the actual chai tea to the soap, I sprinkled a bit more on the top before I covered it to cure. I thought that would make it look more fancy!

Both batches of soap are now sitting on drying racks in my crafts room so that they can cure.  I will need to cure these for 4-6 weeks before using, so that the lye is completely saponified and will not be harsh on the skin.

Olive Oil and Lard Soap DIY

The soap continues to cure (saponify) and dry on these racks for approximately 4-6 weeks.

This was so much fun, I am totally hooked and want to make some more!  So, my next experiment with making soap will be with the tallow I rendered this past fall.  I can’t wait!

Olive Oil and Lard Soap Recipe

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63 thoughts on “Lard and Olive Oil Soap

    • Good morning, Liz. I was surprised how easy it was to make the round soaps and how well they turned out! Two things I need to remember for the next time, however: get a funnel so I can pour the soap in easier and bang the filled mold on the ground a few times to get the bubbles out! The chai tea soaps smell amazing. The scent is actually starting to “mature” a bit more and smells even better than when it was first made! When you make your round soap,I hope you post it on your blog!

  1. Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve been a soap maker for a long time but haven’t made a batch in a couple of years. I love how hard and sudsy lard makes my soap. Welcome to the club!

    • Thank you so much, Peggy. I am so excited to join the club! After I got over the lye fear, I am absolutely hooked on soapmaking. Thanks for stopping by, Peggy!

  2. Your soap looks awesome! I have not tried making soap with lye yet. I made some soap with the soap base that you just melt and pour, and that was a lot of fun. You have inspired me to try making my own lye soap!

    • They do look pretty good, don’t they! (blush) I would recommend making soap like this to just about anyone who can follow a recipe! There are hundreds and hundreds of recipes and techniques online, so I am going to have a lot of fun experimenting with adding colorants to my soaps or making pretty marble soaps. Let me know how yours turns out!

  3. Hello Vickie,
    the homemade soap looks great.
    Also great I think that you described exactly what you need to do so.

    Have a great day!

    greetings
    Uwe

  4. This was the most interesting post I’ve read in a long time! The soap looks wonderful. I grew up on a farm and raised cattle and pigs. Mom always cooked with lard and it was wonderful! Then my father had to have triple bypass surgery and that was the end of that! Its good to know that lard has other uses. I can’t wait to see how you like the soap after it cures. Merry Christmas!

    • There’s nothing better than pig fat! 😀 I actually believe that animal fats in moderation are perfectly safe to consume! That being said, the lard sure does make a great soap! I hope you have a peaceful, joyous and memorable Christmas season!

  5. Hey Vickie, I just made soap too, but I just did a tallow one. It turned out great, I was as excited as you were. Mine did have different shades in it at first as well I think maybe this was because I over beat it, but it looks alright to me, I’ll definitely use it. I am going to try some oatmeal and tallow ones once the new year arrives. Thanks for sharing this, Blessings

    • Greetings, Terri! I just made some tallow soap also! I think it actually reached trace sooner than the lard soap did, but that may have been because of the essential oils I used. Not sure. I know that as I make more soap, I will get used to the differences in oils and fats and it will become a lot easier. I am thinking of making a peppermint flavored soap and using beet powder to color it, or maybe kale! We’ll see!

    • The difference in color is due to the soap partially gelling. Also this type of soap would be called a Bastille soap. Castile soap is made with 100% olive oil. It takes 4-6 months to cure.

  6. I have been wanting to try making homemade soap. This sounds easy enough for me to handle. I love that you use essential oils, too. That way I could choose the scents I like and get the health benefits of essential oils, too.

    Thanks for sharing this with Hump Day Happenings!

    • I am just falling in love with these essential oils! I am learning that they can be quite a benefit for your overall health, and using them in soap (the largest organ in our body) makes sense – and great scents! And it saves cents!! 😀 I hope you decide to make some soap because it’s really fun. But, I will take no responsibility for your new obsession!

  7. This is a really great tutorial, it makes me a lot less worried about trying to make my own soap. Your PVC pipe idea is brilliant! I’ve pinned this because I really want to give it a go. Soap is getting so expensive.

    • Good evening, Stella Lee! The PVC pipe wasn’t my idea, but thanks anyway! 😀 As I said in the article, I let it get a bit past trace and so I couldn’t just pour it into the mold. Having to glop it in, I think, is why I got so many bubbles in the soap. Of course, that doesn’t really effect the function of the soap and it still smells great – it just has a few bubbles! I am going to be buying a funnel just for the PVC pipe mold because that certainly would have made it easier for me. Good luck in making your soap, and let me know how it works out for you!

    • Thanks! It still needs to cure a bit more, but so far I am very happy with the soap. I tried a piece from the lavender batch (patience is not my virtue) and it had a nice, creamy lather with a very clean scent. Thanks for stopping by, Alicia!

  8. Just wanted to swing back over to thank you for linking up at Your Turn To Shine! I’m so happy to connect with you, Vickie!! Your soap is gorgeous and I love your detailed tutorial. If I ever find the time to make my own soap I’ll definitely be consulting your website! Hope you have a great weekend!!

  9. I love reading about how you are using the pig fat! You are inspiring me to try to render our fat next year myself and make some soap of my own 🙂 Thanks for sharing your knowledge and adventures!

    • So good to hear from you, Spring!! There will be a few bars of soap coming your way as a thank you gift – I hope you like them. Yes, you should make your own soaps next year. It’s really fun! Being able to use the pure doTERRA EO’s for scenting the soap and for their medicinal value can make it even better! Also, cooking with lard apparently isn’t as bad as it once was thought, especially if you know where your lard came from! When you raise your own pig, you can avoid all of the antibiotics and hormones, so your lard ends up being pure and clean for consumption, but I’m sure you already know that! Thanks again!

  10. gosh you did it! oh so awesome!! I love them both – looks, colors, style, scents, wavy and round and totally wonderful! I so wanted to try making soap but like you I was so nervous. Now that you did it I think i have got to try it myself!! No lard of my own so will have to do the other oils but how exciting!!!

  11. I’ve got all the supplies to make soap, but I’ve been nervous to do it! I need to just jump in and give it a try! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Homestead Bog Hop 🙂

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  14. Hi, your soap looks beautiful, I am a long time soapmaker, just wanted to share that when I have used orange or lemon essential oils they tend to fade very quickly along with spices, this has been my experience. Best of luck with your soap making, it’s such a fun craft.

    • Thank you for that tip, Elizabeth! It seems that you are correct – the older the soap gets, the less it smells! It still smells good, just not as strong of a scent. I am having a lot of fun making soap and it has definitely become my new favorite hobby. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and come again soon!

  15. I’ve wanted to try making soap forever! But, have always been a bit nervous to try. Glad to hear all want well. Your soap looks amazing! Maybe I’ll try making some late spring/ summer. Thanks for sharing at the My Favorite Things party! & Happy New Year!

  16. How did the end product come out? I literally just bought all my supplies, scale, bowls, lye, etc. and my first soap is going to be olive oil and lard. How is the consistency, hardness, and would you recommend this type of soap again? Thanks in advance!

    • The soap came out great! It’s a hard soap, which is great for the shower. The lather isn’t bubbly, per se, but more creamy with little bubbles. It cleans my skin really well without drying at all. I love the soap. Just a note – it seems lard soap takes a bit more essential oil than other soaps to make a strong and lasting scent. However, if you choose not to put any scent or additive in it at all, it smells just plain clean – almost like a sun dried linen. Please let me know how yours turns out, Nicholas!

      • So, after months of using my soap it has been a great bar soap. Just as you said, creamy with a nice lather. I added a lot of different oils to the batch, including jajoba, coconut, grapeseed, tea tree, and sweet almond oils (for hair and beard), I figured, go big or go home, and it turned out amazing definitely worth the expense. The scents I chose were not as I had imagined them to be so that was a flop I mixed a nice leather smell in there, but with the tea tree it was awful (do not use tea tree when putting scents in haha), otherwise, the soap came out just as I had hoped. It has a nice lasting clean feeling that makes your skin so soft, my girlfriend that lives with me loves it as well (except for the scent). I just made my 3rd batch, this time with some Cedarwood and Cypress EO’s and some activated charcoal for color, as well as another small batch for the girl that has lemon, lavender, and thyme. Thank you again!

        • I am so glad you are enjoying your soap! Cedarwood and cypress sounds wonderful, but then so does lemon, lavender and thyme! I guess we just need to do experiments to figure out what scents we like the best and stick to those! I am experimenting with natural coloring with my soap right now – dehydrated carrots that are blended into a very fine powder actually help color the soap a creamcicle color! Thanks for letting me know how you did, Nicholas!

  17. Thanks for the exact measurement on the ingredients .I haven’t made any soaps yet except for melt and pour.
    I am trying to learn as much as I can before I attempt to make a cold press soap but I’m having a hard time figuring out the amounts of ingredients I use(or % of each ingredient).This post will help me out a lot.
    I’m have most of the products to make it,I’m gonna try next week.

    • I am so glad you are going to try cold process soapmaking! It has been a real learning experience for me. So far, I haven’t really had any flops – all the soaps turned out to be use-able, even if they didn’t have the most heavenly scent! ♥ Let me know how this turns out for you!

  18. I will give this recipe a try. In Africa, we have a lot of grass fed cows.
    Is it possible to use tallow and beeswax, and what will the colour be?

    Can I also use palm kernel oil and soy oil since they are easily and readily availabe than oilive oil?

    • Go to the brambleberry.com website listed in the post. They have a list of almost every fat and oil you could ever think of to make soap! Seriously! Tallow makes a beautiful creamy white soap. Adding beeswax will give it a slight antique white color to a golden color, depending on the color of the wax. Beeswax added to soap is luxurious! I hope you try this and let me know how it turns out for you. You will also find the palm kernel oil and soy oil listed on the brambleberry website. You just plug into a calculator the amount of each oil you want to use, and it will tell you how much liquid (water, goat’s milk, etc.) and lye to add. It’s that simple! Have fun and good luck!

  19. Loved this post! I was TERRIFIED to use lye and so it took me a few years to get the courage to try. On my fourth batch now and can’t believe how easy it is! I love it! I want to try the round mold idea, I bet a canning funnel would work in it. Also you mentioned peeling off the wax paper…..you line the inside of the round mold with wax paper? How did you do that? Thanks for the great informative post.

    • Yes, you line it with waxed paper so that the soap just slips out! I pulled off about 1-1/2 feet of the waxed paper and put it in the tube lengthwise, so it was long enough. I taped it at the top and the bottom so that I knew it wouldn’t fold up on me when I poured in the soap and it works like a charm! You should try it! Once you take the soap out and slice it, it is still fairly soft, so you can put a pretty stamp on it or even your Etsy store name (if you have one) to make it look professional! I saw your recipe on prickly pear jelly – so weird that the prickly pear is called a tuna! Who knew? Not me 🙂

  20. Vicki,

    Your soap looks amazing! I have just started using (and do. Or know how I ever lived without) beef tallow in my soap recipes. Use very few ingredients, and have never made just olive oil and tallow soap before, but yours look lovely and hard, I am going to try some this week. I get absolute tons of the best quality beef and lamb tallow for pennies at my local supplier! My question is this: I love using herbal teas in cooking, but never tried it in soap. Do you make a strong solution suing some of the distilled water you have allocated for the lye? For example if your recipe is 220mls of water in total, do you mix 110ml with the lye and then use the rest to make the tea infusion and then add the lye solution to the oils, and add the tea separately?? Sorry if I would a bit vague, I just want to get it right! Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Hi Tracey! Well… I’ve done it a couple of ways now. First, I tried using the water to make a very strong tea solution, then added the lye to it. Yes, the soap smelled like the tea, but only for about a week. I think the strong lye burned the smell out of the tea! Then, I tried using a bit less water with the lye, waited until it cooled a bit, and added the rest of the water. I also added the actual tea leaves! This soap smelled much better. Believe it or not, I used ten tea bags! I decided this probably wasn’t the best use for tea, so now I just use dried herbs/fruits that I use for my own tea solutions, including basil, spearmint, thyme, apple peals, etc. Experimenting seems to be the best way to figure all this out, so have fun! Don’t you just love tallow soap? I am in love with the creamy texture of both the tallow and the lard!

  21. Thank you. Nice article. Not sure how off grid you want to go but if you were aiming for true self sufficiency then buying ingredients doesn’t really count. Lye is fairly straightforward to make from wood ash. Painful process though but that’s why people were always busy back in the day. Digital scales use batteries and eventually break and/or batteries eventually die. My problem is lard. If you really bugging out (and what’s really the point of making soap if you not) how do you store fat long enough before you render? I live in a temperate area. Warm summers, mild winters. Never freezing or snowing. i.e. storage is a big issue, keeping in mind, no freezers. Not to mention you have to slaughter the odd pig or cow now and then to get enough fat. Sounds great. But actually it’s a bit of a nightmare unless you have worked in an abattoir. I like the info about olive oil hardening the soap. That’s useful because often lard soap can be difficult to harden up without salt.

    • Hello, John! You make some good points, and the truth is, I have been experimenting with making my own lye. We actually don’t plan to bug out to anywhere, we are not preppers- per se, but instead want to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle with little carbon imprint, yet living a modern lifestyle. If you read further into my blog, you will see that even though we are off the grid, we actually have a nice 5 cubic foot freezer that we run completely on solar! In fact, I have a large bag of beef fat just chillin out in the freezer, waiting for me to render it into tallow! It’s not that I can’t buy soap – I just want to make my own so that I know exactly what is (or isn’t) in it! Besides, it’s fun. Oh – also, we use rechargable batteries and have two solar chargers. It takes about 1 day to charge four AA or AAA batteries, about 2 days (sometimes 3) to charge the C or D cells. I know, these batteries don’t last forever, but at least we only have to buy batteries about once a year, if that.

  22. So cool of you to share this. My friends have a restaurant and trim the fat off of around 300 lbs of pork roast a week. I guess it’s between 5-10 lbs of fat each time that was getting thrown out. We started making vegetable based soaps, but were thinking of scoring some of the fat to try our hand at making a lard soap. I will bookmark your blog to see how the soaps turned out and keep abreast of your adventures.

    Thanks again.

    • Oh my, how lucky you are to have those friends! I still have a few bars of those soaps left and they are a bit harder (age does that to soap) but just as creamy as ever! Sorry this comment took so long – if you read my most current post, you will understand my extended absence from this blog. Please let me know how your soaps turn out!

  23. I so want to compliment you on the spirit of soap making!!! I have read and watched tons of video and blogs. Of all, yours was the most fun and up lifting by far. Thats what its all about right, living healthy and having some fun!!! I am 64 yrs old and will be making my 1st batch this weekend. And hopefuly after my fear of THE LYE, I’ll be chuckling also.
    Best of everything

    • Yeah – that lye thing – it really can be scary at first but I know you will have a great time when all is said and done. When you cut your soap and see what you have done (ta-da!!!) it really gives quite a sense of accomplishment! I hope you will write back and let me know how everything turned out. Hugs and Cheers!

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  25. love your post, made my first soap last year, and had a ball. going to try again this year and found your chai recipe. I don’t have chai tea, going to try mint 🙂 I use deer tallow. Hunting season blessed me with 2 deer this year and when I told my buddies I was making soap they blessed me with the fat from their deer!!! I love the thought of using the entire deer! Plus the fact you can’t get anymore natural then deer! I have also made hand lotion using EO’s and deer tallow, OMG!!!!!

    • Deer tallow sounds great! You are so lucky to have some friends give you their tallow. Mint tea sounds great, but you MUST try the chai some day – it’s absolutely sublime!

  26. Thank You. I was able to create my first batch of soap because of your recipe, just made some adjustment, but i did it! Thank You… 🙂

    • Good morning, Jill. No… thank YOU for letting me know you did it! If you don’t mind my asking, what adjustment did you have to make? Again, thanks for coming back and commenting!

  27. Thank you for this great post. One question, do you recommend 1 teaspoon of each of the spices? or a total of 1 teaspoon spices. Can’t wait to make my own! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    • Good evening, Susan. Well… that depends! I found that 1 teaspoon of each is best because a lot of spices seem to lose their oomph after the soap is completely cured. Essential oils seem to last a bit longer. Of course, I would encourage you to experiment. I have enjoyed trying lots of different spice, oil, tea, even dried vegetable combinations and I will tell you that I haven’t thrown out a single batch yet!

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