What Do You Like About Salt Bars?

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  1. Dec 19, 2018 #41

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    You need to decide what size batch you want to make and run it through a soap calculator and get the appropriate amount of lye. We don't supply recipes with measurements as there is too much room for error.
     
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    I was making a salt bar of sorts...it was all the salt I had on hand ( other than table salt). I superfatted 15%. It dried super hard and I had to cut it after 3 hours of cure time for fear of cracking. It’s hard as a rock right now but I haven’t tested it. I’ll wait at least a month to try and lather with it. And by 6 months we will see how it does!

    So - not a true salt bar I know. But a good first try. Great visual for the lather test! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    It varies depending on my mood lol but I've used anywhere between 1-4 teaspoons per 500g. Clay in general is usually written as 1tsp per pound btw but be careful coz it tends to thicken up my batter if I use a lot.
     
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    A while back, another member advised me to wait a year to try the soap (100% salt, that is, 1:1 salt: oil) and I'd like it better --she was right. Two years is even better.
     
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    In reality, it's easier. I peruse a lot of soap recipes online and when they don't provide percentages, you're obligated to make the size of recipe they made (i.e. 5 lbs of oils or 1 lb of oils). You can't simply halve or double a recipe; you need to run it through a soap calc first, to make sure you don't have too much or too little lye (and that's just for sizing). When it's written with percentages, you can, along with a soap calculator, size the recipe to whatever size YOU want to make. I've found some interesting recipes that I've changed to percentages for my own use.
     
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    Or do the complicated math to reduce the amount for each oil to get how much you need for a smaller or bigger batch, and still you'll have to run it through a calculator anyway to get your liquid and lye amounts correct lol.

    So it's easier when they give percentages for me.
     
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    Don't know if you are aware of it but WSP has a percentage calculator that you can enter the amounts and it will convert to percentages for you. I've used it many times for other B&B things so that I can make smaller/larger batches and make other adjustments.
    http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/calculators/Percentage_Calculator.aspx
     
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    I was not aware of that one. Thank you, Shari!
     
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    Just pop the percentages into soap calc with the amount of oils you are going to use in grams - it will work out the rest for you. :)
     
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    No - it's some random liquid soap dye I purchased from a supplier here. It's red, but I just used a tad. I think I used a little bit of coral as well - just to get an 'accurate' pink grapefruit shade.
     
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    I hope you kept notes on how much a “tad” and “a little bit” was so you can repeat it. :) It’s a really lovely colour.
     
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    Of course she did! :D:):rolleyes:

    I'm sure KiwiMoose uses these scientifically designed measuring spoons --

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    Never mind me -- I'm just being silly! :D:):rolleyes:
     
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    Yeah they've had over a year cure and I still dont like them
     
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    Not sure how much salt you are using but try around 35%. I started out with 100% and they weren't the greatest of bars, 50% was much better but still not quite right. Adding in a high oleic oil really changes the feel too.
     
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    I love 100% salt bars with a long cure. Have tried less salt but always go back to my 100% bars
     
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    Do you have soft water? I tried your recipe with castor and 100% salt, I couldn't get them to lather. Had to grind them up and add to another batch.
    Always figured it was my hard water to blame.
     
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    I'll definitely try that. Pretty sure I used 100% salt
     
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    I too prefer 35-40% salt. Generally don't go over that. Tried other amounts but that's seems to be the sweet spot for me.
     
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    I like 85% CO, 8% Castor, 7% Sunflower HO, Canola HO or Almond Oil.These 3 oils have higher Oleic than Olive and seem to work well in salt bars. My superfat is 15-17%.
     
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