Salt Bars

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    I have been reading the post on salt bars off and on today. It got me to thinking about mine that I hid in my closet. I checked and they are 2 weeks shy of a 6 month cure. I tried them and OMG they are amazing. Such thick creamy suds--I am impressed :) :) :)
     
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    Science is magic. Soaping is science. Soap is magic.

    I have no idea what happens during cure but might as well assume salt bars are replaced by shoe making elves while I’m not looking
     
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    Salt soap is a thing all it’s own. They are worth the time for them to mature and do their thing.
     
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    The little cube of salt bar that I made using a recipe Shari posted is pretty nice even at a young age (4 months). The lather is still different from a “traditional” bar. It’s hard to describe, but I would say it’s a bit firmer.
     
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    definitely worth the wait :)

    that is a good way to describe "firmer" and way thicker
     
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    Set one aside and give it a 1-3 yr cure time, you will then have a primo salt bar that you do not want to ever use up. I have a 5 yr old bar that I still use just once in a while. :D
     
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    @Mobjack Bay Would you mind posting where I could find Shari's recipe? I'm new here and don't know where to look for it. Thank you kindly!
     
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    Here you go, straight from the horses mouth.... LOL

    80% CO
    15% Avocado Oil (can use Olive or another liquid oil)
    5% Castor Oil

    I use 40-50% salt and a 17% SF these days. 20% SF is very common. Be sure to run it through a soap calculator.
     
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    This is my favorite
    CO 45%
    PKO 40% or can use all CO
    Castor 10%
    SAO 5% can use any liquid oil
    100% Salt or whatever percentage you prefer. You can lower superfat if using less salt
    Superfat 18%
    Lye Concentration 27%
    I like to age salt bars for a year and no less than 6 months
     
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    Thank you Shari. I’ve been using 50% salt and 18% SF. I LOVE making the recipe. I know this might sound a little weird, but the texture of the batter reminds me of the behavior of liquified sand at the beach.

    @rkoza The recipe behaves well for me (perspective is that of a 6+ month soap maker). It moves faster than many of the “traditional” recipes I’ve tried, but not so fast that it’s a race to get the batter into individual bar molds. I’ve been able to pour ITP swirls with it at light to lt. medium trace.
     
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    I find it's stays pretty fluid unless there's a naughty FO. I've done 1-2 colors with no issue in the past. I've decided to just keep those simple going forward though. Once color. I use loaf molds sometimes but they need to be cut at about the 3 hour mark and are still warm so wear gloves. Last time I made them I used individual molds. I find the individual molds are harder to keep the ash off of but didn't get any this last time.
     
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    They have to cure? I know about the 6 week cure, but 6 months? I am in love with my salt bars after about 2 months, will save some and check again next year! I had an ageing bottle of Clary Sage EO, so used quite a bit to just to use it up. Then I checked the price to replace the EO and fainted. And it has powdered Bladderwrack, a Seaweed.
    Sea Salt and Seaweed, my opinion, to die for.
     
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    I don't like salt bars at 6 weeks. My personal preference is minimum 6 months but love them at a year or more.
     
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    What don't you like about it? The lather, the gentleness, the looks, the long-lasting-ness? Something else? What are the changes you observe after a long cure like 6 months? A year? Anyone?
     
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    After a year the salt bars become more gentle, the lather is creamier, and they last longer. Just all-around better. I am also an advocate of a min of the 6-month camp.

    I am speaking of salt bars using 100-110% salt. For me the more salt the better I like them.
     
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    What Carolyn said above. Everything is better. Before 6 months I find them a bit too harsh and lather isn't at it's potential yet. I'm one who uses 40-50% salt sometimes higher but found 50 is my sweet spot for me.
     

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