Hi, I'm interested in making a salt bar but I'm a soaper who intentionally avoids gel phase. I'm wondering if the salt bars have to go through gel phase or not. Also any feedback on salt bars would be appreciated. Thanks
I also have hard water and I get a very good lather with the above recipe and 100% even up to 110% salt. For my itchy eczema the more salt the better. My bars are like a rock but are still quite solubleI have moderately hard water and over 50% salt will really kill the lather for me. I've started using 35% and really like it, enough for it to be salty and still make a super hard bar with the great fluffy lather. Another perk of using less salt, the batter doesn't thicken as fast, I can still do swirls if I want.
I don't care for butter in mine either, I like OO or some other liquid oil.
Your soaps look beautiful!
Interesting, I have been using this same recipe for 6 yrs and it lathers fine. I may have failed to mention my salt bars are aged for at least a year. I just pulled out a Salt bar that contains DDS made in Oct 2014 and it has a very nice lotion type lather. Max lather for a 100% salt bar is 90% CO 10% castor 12 month cure.I tried your recipe carolyn, used 100% salt and I can hardly get any lather. It was bad enough I had to grate the bars and add it to a new batch.