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Discussion in 'Lye-Based Soap Forum' started by JasmineTea, Dec 17, 2018.
You may want to start a new thread. This thread is on salt bars. Likely to get helpful information.
Given the necessary high amount of available coconut oil & high SF in salt bars; any issues clogging pores for those with acne prone skin? Based on numbers it seems it's highly possible...maybe the salt offsets that?
No, not that I’ve noticed. My daughters and myself have been using them for years. They have actually helped clear mine and my daughters skin. I think it’s the combination of the soap itself and the salt. Of course there will be exceptions. Not everything works for everyone. I only ise them 1-2 times a week now as my skin is getting drier as I close in to 60. But my girls still use them 2-3 times a week.
Straight olive oil on my non-acne prone skin seems to result in breakouts. Coconut oil does not. The CO salt bars at 20% SF don't strip my skin or cause break outs.
I love the look and size of your bars? What are the dimensions? And size in oz. I’m looking for that perfect boxy size soap and I loveeeee yours.
Thanks Cal. These are mini loaf silicone moulds from K mart. Approx 8cm x 4cm x 4cm. Weight about 115-120g
What SF did you use?
5% SF - it’s been curing for a bit now and it seems to hold lather pretty well....will have to see how it does at the 6 month mark. I haven’t made any more salt soaps until I see how this one does post cure.
I use 80% CO and a 17% SF I let them cure for a year, sometimes more. I make them 3-4 times a year so I always have at least a dozen ready. Its easy to let them cure a long time when you make them often I find. I never used to be able to not use them lol - report back!!
I too use 80% CO and cure them a long time. Anything less I find they are just meh. Not much lather and not as creamy. I also SF at 17% and use 35-45% salt. Sometimes a bit more.
Of the two methods
I prefer soleseife: long lasting, silky bubbles, nice "slip" with water, better texture
Having said that - I like a nice salt bar on my feets!
I used 50% salt in the last 2 batches. I did finally make a batch using the powdered salt. And one with the fine grain. I love them both! If you want I'll send you one with the powdered salt if you haven't tried it yet.
Where do you get powdered salt? Or do you make it yourself? Thank you!
I love soleseife as well. I also let them cure a really long time. I have some that are 2 years old!! Salt bars that are about the same age. I make a lot and often so they are always aged and have some ready. I see ppl make them and sell right away. I dont understand that thinking.
There is a company called Salt works where I got it from. It is powdered sea salt. - really just evaporated sea water I think. I loved it.
You are so kind. I've not seen powdered salt. I bet it's an awesome bar. Thank you!!
I played around with this last night (but did not soap it yet)
put some kosher sea salt into a tall narrow pitcher, and then SB the bejeezus out of it - shaking it as well so that I would get movement top to bottom in the soap. It got very powdery - I wonder if this is similar to what you bought?
Perhaps some people like the bars a bit softer than those that are fully cured. No accounting for what folks prefer. That is what makes us so interesting (and also helps explain why we don’t just all use the same brand of soap)!
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