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Old 04-18-2009, 03:25 AM   #1
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Default Salt bars: question re salt quantity

There's a salt bar thread running that got me wondering. I know some folks prefer to use less than 100% salt (i.e. 1 lb salt for 1 lb oil). I've only made the 100% variety, and love love love the soap. For those who use less, what do you like better about the reduced salt?

Just wondering whether I should try it out given that I'm loving what I've got.


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Old 04-18-2009, 03:44 AM   #2
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I use 50% salt, I did a lot of reading and the comments that I found lead me to think that the lather would be better. Mine lathers like crazy.


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Old 04-18-2009, 04:06 AM   #3
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I am going to try 50% and a huge superfat. My first salt bar was horrible on my skin, sooper itchy and drying for my sensative skin. I threw the entire batch out after trying it. At that time, I just use a recipe that is commonly used. I am excited to try 50% with big superfat...
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Old 04-18-2009, 04:37 AM   #4
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I have made a 50% and an 80%. The 50% bar rocks , the 80% is okay.I use sea salt.
 
 
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Old 04-18-2009, 05:08 AM   #5
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Kitn, when you say the 50% bar rocks, what do you mean? Is it mostly the lather? Anything else noticeably different between the two (hardness, smoothness, etc)?
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Old 04-18-2009, 08:04 AM   #6
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I personally prefer 50 - 60% salt to oils. Mainly for the lather, because the salt cuts back the lather anyway. And I only superfat my salt bars at 5%, again for the lather.
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Old 04-18-2009, 12:14 PM   #7
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I used 50% salt, 10% superfat. It lathers nicely. However, it is not very pretty to look at.
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Old 04-18-2009, 02:41 PM   #8
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Cheers, guys. So it's mainly about the lather?
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Old 04-18-2009, 03:26 PM   #9
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yes, the salt will cut your lather down, that's why you need to add more coconut oil and I added castor oil. I made 100% salt. Mine look great but I am wondering it the fact that I added 300gm of shredded soap had a lot to do with that. I want to make some more at 50% and see how it comes out.
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Old 04-18-2009, 04:51 PM   #10
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How do you work out the percentage of the salt?

I found a recipe and want to tweak it a bit by adding a smidgeon more weight. Should I pretend the salt is something like olive oil and type it in the lye calculator? I use the one on metaphysicalfarms.com

I'll hopefully do this one tomorrow


 
 
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