Sodium Lactate

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Do you sodium lactate?

Poll closed May 4, 2019.
  1. Yes

    13 vote(s)
    61.9%
  2. No

    8 vote(s)
    38.1%
  1. Apr 27, 2019 #1

    DWinMadison

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    Do you usually use SL? Does it accelerate trace? Decrease lather?
     
  2. Apr 27, 2019 #2

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    Do I sodium Lactate? Sorry, I am far beyond to age of lactation, and the sodium content thereof is a private matter.;)

    I don't use it much anymore, as I found it did not seem to be necessary. It did not accelerate trace, however. I did not notice any lather reduction.
     
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  3. Apr 27, 2019 #3

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    I use SL. Doesn't accelerate trace or decrease lather. I use 1 tsp PPO.
     
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  4. Apr 27, 2019 #4

    jcandleattic

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    I use SL in almost every batch I make. I find it adds a certain slip feeling to the resulting bar, has no effect on trace, and doesn't decrease lather. Another benefit is I can unmold much faster, It also makes labeling much easier for me (I have my soap labels pre-printed for me so it's easier if it's just part of the recipe)
     
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  5. Apr 27, 2019 #5

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    I use sodium lactate. I can unmold the day after soaping - even though I don't gel. It's much nicer than using salt to harden my bars: lather isn't reduced, bars area teeny bit shinier, and there is no need to dissolve salt.
     
  6. Apr 27, 2019 #6

    Terri E

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    I don't make a batch w/o it :) Well except for 100% coconut oil soap and salt or brine bars. As dibbles said, 1 tsp/ lb of oils with no adverse effects.
     
  7. Apr 27, 2019 #7

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    I don't. But I use either salt or 1-2% beeswax in almost all batches to make them harder.
     
  8. Apr 29, 2019 #8

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    I don't make a batch without it. I notice no effect on trace or lather and I like unmolding the next day because I'm so impatient.
     
  9. Apr 29, 2019 #9

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    Lol, this is funny, must use on someone
     
  10. Apr 29, 2019 #10

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    Ditto to all the SL users.
     
  11. Apr 29, 2019 #11

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    I use salt. Much cheaper than SL, and same results IMO.
     
  12. Apr 29, 2019 #12

    jcandleattic

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    I don't get the slip from salt in the end bar that I get from SL, so the small expense for me personally is worth it.
     
  13. Apr 30, 2019 #13

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    I use it sometimes, and sometimes I don't. Not sure that I notice any difference either way.
     
  14. Apr 30, 2019 #14

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    I too use SL in every batch. I agree with jcandleattic that I get a pleasant slip with SL I don't notice with just salt. It's not an expensive additive and I like being able to get the soap out of the mold sooner.
     
  15. Apr 30, 2019 #15

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    I was the first to vote no up there. Once my one 100g bottle finished I didn't buy more.

    I didn't notice a difference in my HP soaps when I initially started using SL, that "slip" they talk about went unnoticed by me, and I generally unmold and cut in a few hours even just with salt.

    It's also recommended for fluidity in HP, but yogurt works so much better in my opinion.
     
  16. May 2, 2019 #16

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    I don't use it because I don't have it. I would probably use it if I had it available. I have just forgot to order it from abroad. I have recently tried vinegar, and it made a hard bar. I have tried salt a long time ago and can't remember the result. But I don't like that salt can reduce lather, so I have avoided it.
     
  17. May 2, 2019 #17

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    I find that people who use less hard oils tend more to use SL. Or maybe it is specific oil choices. I don't find it helps harden my already high hard oil recipes a bit. And since not using it keeps prices down...I vote no.
     
  18. May 2, 2019 #18

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    I've tried sodium lactate in LS (liquid soap) as well as in CP and HP bar soap. I'm "meh" about it.

    When I tested it and yogurt in HP, I got the same result that @Dawni did -- a tablespoon of yogurt ppo works a LOT better than SL to make the soap more fluid right before pouring it into the mold.

    In CP, it just didn't seem to make much difference. Like @Susie, I don't make much soap that's high in liquid fats. My usual recipes have a high % of lard. Maybe that contributes to my lack of results.

    In LS, I think it helps the paste dilute a bit more easily, but it's a "shade of gray" difference rather than a "knock my socks off" difference. I could easily live without the SL in liquid soap.
     
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