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Xylitol (rather than Sorbitol) in soapmaking (for bubbles) - NOT tooth soapmaking

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Orla

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Dear all,
In France, Xylitol seems to be the thing and has more or less ousted Sorbitol - so Xylitol is easy to find but Sorbitol less so. The consensus seems to be that Xylitol is better for combatting mouth bacteria than Sorbitol. So, my question is: has anyone used it in regular soapmaking instead of Sorbitol?!! It's made from sugar from Birch trees as I understand it. Seeing as Sorbitol has such a good reputation among soapmakers, I was wondering if anyone has tested Xylitol with a view to the same end: increasing bubbles. I just bought a kilo in crystal form, so I will be able to test myself. However, I try to curb my experimenting impulses as far as possible as I take quite a few knocks with all the nonsense I get up to, and I think increasing my ratio of success to failure might be good for me...
PS I see loads of Xylitol stuff on the tooth soap threads, but I cannot find any on this bubbles issue...
 

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I'll be interested to hear if anyone has tried this. I do have both on hand.
 

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I did use xylitol it for tooth soap when I was doing that. But not for any other soap. I only have tablets (tiny ones); not the powder, so I had to crush them to add them to the tooth soap. I have them for mouth care, which is why I have the tablets.

How did it effect the soap? I added it for taste enhancement and wasn't even considering bubbles, so I can't say how it affected the soap overall as compared to a normal bar of soap that one uses on the body. This was only used in place of toothpaste. I don't use them anymore because I got kind of lazy about it and didn't really find they were any better than toothpaste.
 

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Hi Earlene, it seems that the answer to my question "has anybody tried it?" might be a resounding "NO"!! I haven't tried yet either, and my recipe takes ages to cure, so I'll have to report back in a couple of months!!!
 

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I have not tried Xylitol for soap - but I use sorbitol in every batch now because it is the BOMB for boosting bubbles.
 

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