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Angezzz

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Hello Everyone,

I have only tried to make salt bars once, which was a fail because I used Dead Sea Salt and it turned out pitted and gross. I want to try a small batch again and I found a recipe that some say worked well for them. It's a little out of my comfort zone when the SoapCalc shows up with crazy numbers so I am asking your advice on this recipe....I am very open to other salt bar recipes you have found work well.

Coconut Oil 25 oz
Olive Oil 5 oz
Shea Butter 3 oz
Castor Oil 3 oz
lye 5.2 oz
Water 10.6 oz
Table Salt 13 oz
Fragrance 1.5 oz

Thanks!
 

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Personally, I would drop the Shea butter and add it to the castor. Shea would cut the Lather. I use 80-85% CO the rest olive or I prefer Avocado and 5% castor. Salt soap needs high CO and a high SF. I've seen 13-20% depending on your liquid used with the lye. Salt usage I've seen 25-100%.

Everyone's preferences are different though so give it a try and see how you like it. Just remember they are better with a good long cure. I love salt bars.
 
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Does this follow yours a bit better?

Coconut 25.60 oz (80%)
Olive 3.2 oz (10%)
Castor 3.2 oz (10%)
Water 12.16 oz
Lye 4.7 oz
Himalayan Sea Salt (instead of table) 8 oz (25% of oils)
FO 1 oz

15% SF
 

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One more thing.....Is CPOP better for these?
 

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Nooooo! No CPOP. Trust me. Despite numerous places on the webz that tell you to do it, mine turned into a disaster. Please save yourself the bit of heartache that I went through :) there is a picture of mine in the troubleshooting thread.

Also, I started with Shunt's recipe and it is lovely. I have completely dropped the castor out of mine. My fiancee is very happy with his salt bars at 8 week cure, but I am sensitive to lauric acid and found that I don't appreciate them until a year or more.
 

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I've only made one batch of salt bars, but I have made a number of batches of regular soap using 70% to 100% coconut oil. AMD is spot-on right -- you don't need to add extra heat. The coconut oil saponifies fast and hot all on its own without any encouragement.
 

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Looks good. I too would do 20% SF. I only go lower as I use Coconut milk for my liquid. Remember, you'll need to cut it while still warm. Wear gloves.
 

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Hello Everyone,

....I am very open to other salt bar recipes you have found work well.

This is the one that works for me:

100% coconut oil
100% coconut milk as my water amount (using the 'split method' of milk soaping)
25% fine sea salt ppo
13% superfat


IrishLass :)
 

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