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Old 04-30-2014, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default Salt bars...what size of salt grain do I get???

I'm thinking of trying a salt bar, but what grain-size should I get?
I'm looking at these 2 salts. (Saffire Blue has fine grain of each salt as well)

http://www.saffireblue.ca/shop/salts...ea-salt-coarse

http://www.saffireblue.ca/shop/salts...ea-salt-coarse



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Old 04-30-2014, 04:05 PM   #2
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I just made a batch and I followed these directions:

http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/be...-Soap-Bars.htm

On this section the recommendation is not to use dead sea salt:
http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/be...oap-Bars_6.htm

Mine have only been sitting a few days but they smell and look amazing, I can't wait to try them!


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I would be afraid to use coarse salt as anything but an accent on the top, I would be worried it would be scratchy and even more crumbly than regular salt.

Mind you, Ive only made 2 salt bars, but I love them dearly and will keep making them with plain old canning salt



Edit - If I had to pick from the website in the OP, I would pick fine sea salt and fine himalayan salt - maybe both and make a two toned salt bar, half with red and half with white

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I've only used pink Himalayan salt, so I can't speak for any other salts. But, I do recommend fine grain. The first salt bar batch I made, I used coarse and it's almost unusable. I put it away for about a year to see if that would help (or at least make the heart grow fonder) The big pieces of salt just crumble out and don't dissolve.
I've made two batches since with the fine salt and 93% coconut oil/7% Shea butter, and they're luxurious!
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I use either fine grain sea salt or canning salt. I did use medium grain once and it was pretty scratchy, I had red streaks all over my body after using a bar. I could see the potential for a cut.
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Ok, thanks! I'll get fine grain then.
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Dead sea salt usually does not work well in soap, as it contains a high percentage of minerals that interfere with saponification. DEAD sea salt has a different mineral content than regular (sea) salt.
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I made a rookie mistake and used really coarse rock salt to make my first ever salt bars. They set within seconds so I had to shove my gloves hands into hot solid soap 'batter' and try and smoosh it into the mold. I did separate cavity molds and the soap did turn out ok, but it was very crumbly and a bit sharp on the skin so I would use fine grain. Have you thought about using the euro salt bar recipe 'soleseife' in another thread? You dissolve the salt in the water first. I made that recently and was really pleased with it, much better than my crumbly disaster bar.
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Does it still have a salt scrubby feel? Or does it feel like regular soap?
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I haven't ever made a salt bar with fine grain salt so I can't compare, but it does feel a bit scrubby as 100% of the salt didn't completely dissolve.


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