Cure time Doubters? A Visual

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    These two salt bars were made with the same recipe, both lathered in hands for 20 seconds. The first is 7 months old, the second is 5 weeks old. No contest.

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    I found a couple of bars from this batch that I had stashed away, and thought I would post an update. This bar is the 5 week old soap in the original post, now about 2 years old. It is heavenly.
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    Beautiful lather. This is exactly why I age salt bars a min of 6 months before going to market with 1 year being the best. Three year old salt bars are better yet and those I prize and keep for myself. :D Love my old salt bars.
     
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    Yeah, I guess so. I thought it was more like 10, thought I made those in 2009 but I guess it was 2012. They are FANTASTIC!
     
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    That’s too is the reason I cure mine a good long time. Thanks for the visual.
     
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    Are these scented, and if so, how does the scent last with such a long cure time?

    Please forgive if this is a stupid question, but I've never made salt soap before, and now I'm intrigued! That lather looks amazing!
     
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    Love it when I find a old salt bar hidden in the soap stash.
     
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    Depends on the scent of course, but mine (which is 7+ years old) still has a faint fruity smell to it. (It was originally scented in Jamaica Me Crazy)
     
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    This was scented with Citrus Bath from Fragrance Buddy. Amazingly, it still smells great!
     
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    I used one of my salt bars that was 6 months old and it only smelled like... soap. It was scented with lavander EO so I was expecting that.
     
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    I agree, @Alfa_Lazcares - most EOs probably won't last for over a year with the possible exception of patchouli and lemongrass. I've had several FOs last a year, though. I have a coconut salt bar that is about a year old that is faint, but still there and an orange blossom blend that is also pretty strong at a year.
     
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    Interesting. How much salt do you use, or does that make a difference? I use up to 40%, and get more of a foamy lather than big bubbles.

    The fragrance used makes a difference in the lather too. When I use Salty Mariner, Arabian Spice, Black salt and Cypress, the lather is quite respectable at one month.

    I need to make some more salt bars, I have no plain Jane ones for myself! :tub:
     
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    I'd have to look to be sure, but I have been using 50% salt for awhile now. It seems to cut down on the ash. I use individual cavity molds and encourage gel, but would still get a lot of ash at higher amounts. We do have soft water, so that might make a difference with the bubbles. I noticed when I tried cocoa butter at 10% instead of a liquid oil it really affected the lather - not in a good way.
     
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    I have moderately hard water and use 35% salt. Much more and it's hard to lather, I also get more of a thick foamy lather.

    Butters and lard really reduce lather too. I only use coconut and a little OO or similar.
     
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