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Old 01-12-2018, 01:03 PM   #31
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Thanks; I realise I framed my question badly! Let me try again:

Suppose I make a regular soap (without salt) using 15% CO. Now, I want to make a salt bar (50% of oils) that will give me the same amount of lather as the regular bar. By how much (or to how much) should I up the CO to achieve this? Also, will adding sugar help the lather?

I don't think SoapCalc allows us to take sugar and salt into account?

cmzaha: As you say, it's no fun without some lather -- and thanks for the tip on palm oil.
Salt bars really need at least 75% CO I think. I've not gone that low. Salt will decrease your lather greatly without high CO content. I do 80% CO and 15-20% SF. You don't need to add your salt/sugar in the soap calculator as they are additives and don't saponify.


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I follow Obsidian's salt bar recipe, with 50% salt by oil weight (80% OO, 15% OO, 5% castor), and not only is it my favourite soap, it's the only soap I use on my face. I have, and have always had, dry skin. The salt soap leaves my skin feeling smooth and not at all tight. I always follow up with a touch of moisturizer and my skin has never looked, or felt, better. The bar I'm using right now is probably close to a year old and it's amazing. The lather is plentiful and creamy but when I add a little more water, so luxuriously bubbly.

Incidentally, I don't put this one in a loaf mold; I only use individual cavity molds for my soap bars. That way, I don't have to worry about being around at the right time to cut them. Aside from that, I find that they fit my hand better than a bar does.


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I follow Obsidian's salt bar recipe, with 50% salt by oil weight (80% OO, 15% OO, 5% castor)...
Thanks. Did you mean 80% CO?
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Thanks. Did you mean 80% CO?
Not Misschief, but I'm sure she meant 80% CO. That's what I use as well.
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Oops, sorry, yes... Coconut oil. That's what I get for trying to type coherently without a full cup of coffee in me.
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Now I can't wait to get the individual bar molds I just ordered. I think the very first thing I'll do with them is make a batch of salt bars to try out.
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Now I can't wait to get the individual bar molds I just ordered. I think the very first thing I'll do with them is make a batch of salt bars to try out.
Be sure to keep them covered, I get the most ash on my salt bars when I put them in individual molds. I generally leave them covered for 2-3 days until saponification is completed. If not, huge ash problem, sometimes so thick I can't wash it off. I also spray those buggers with alcohol really well.

They are one of my favorite bars to use.
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Be sure to keep them covered, I get the most ash on my salt bars when I put them in individual molds. I generally leave them covered for 2-3 days until saponification is completed. If not, huge ash problem, sometimes so thick I can't wash it off. I also spray those buggers with alcohol really well.

They are one of my favorite bars to use.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll probably wind up putting a layer of plastic wrap down on top of each one, followed by cardboard so I can stack them. 500 or 750g of oils plus water plus 50-60% salt should fill two or three of the molds- each one makes 4 bars. I bought a couple of bags of canning and pickling salt today to use in them. Not Morton, some brand I've never heard of, but the salt feels like it's pretty fine grained through the bag it's in.
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Made my first batch of salt bars!

Recipe is 75% coconut oil, 20% apricot kernel oil, 5% castor oil with 50% salt added to the oils and 20% SF. Poured into individual molds, sprayed well with alcohol and covered. Color is Rainforest Mica Powder from Nurture. Unscented. I soaped at around 120*F, and it took a few minutes to come to about a medium trace, but not forever. Though it did seem like it was going to STAY at medium trace for quite a while. I've got 9 rectangular bars (the new molds) plus the six flowers.



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