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CTAnton

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25% Olive Oil
25% Coconut Oil
15% Avocado Oil
13% Shea butter
15%Canola Oil
7% Castor Oil
8% SF
aloe vera juice as liquid
T/ppo sugar
goat milk powder
25% salt in lye solution prior to adding the lye
There's the recipe that I followed from one on the web, a hybrid of 2 recipes; one German and one American. I have hopes but at the 6 week mark I can say it's not what I expected. In the curing process it has always seemed wetter than my other trials of the same age which considering the amount of soft oils should be no surprise. I did some planing tonight which is impossible with my salt bars.Took the scraps and turned on the faucet. I'd rate it a 0 for bubbles and a 2 for creaminess on a scale of 1 to 10. I will say this: in spite of me never having purchased a "lotion" bar that's the category I'd place it in. I'm presuming it's the 13% shea I'm feeling. After basically blotting my hands dry they felt like I had applied lotion and after more time there's no drying but my hands feel extremely smooth, that's the best analysis I come up with.
Here's the question....should I age this more and expect to see a difference in another month, possibly 2? Or just consider it a lotion bar and call it a day?
Thanks in advance!!
 

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Give it more time, I say. Maybe you could have upped the coconut oil a bit. I made an attempt at brine bars but my recipe was more akin to traditional salt bars. So far they are curing but broken outer pieces point to bubbly soap.
 

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Yeah, give it more time. If its anything like a regular salt bar, it won't be ready after 6 weeks. I would give it a long cure, 3-4 months at minimum. My brine bars are 20% shea and they lather just fine, I did bump my coconut up to 30% though.
 

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thanks ...looks like salt/brine bars should be in a similar category to castile soaps....like wine, improving with age.....
 

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