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sevenscruples
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« on: January 14, 2013, 11:54:05 PM »

I am about to embark upon my first salt bar adventure.  The only recipes I can find are for cold process soap. I have been favoring the hot process method of late and wonder if anyone knows when I should add the salt?  At trace?  after it's done cooking?  Does anyone have a recipe they could share?  Any tips or tricks would be appreciated too...Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 11:56:33 AM »

I would add the salt after cooking. That will be a lot easier in cold process since the mixture is still soft and can incorporate the salt. The hot process version yields a much thicker paste and addition of salt will be somewhat difficult to be achieved. Try a small batch first and see how it works. Soaping 101 youtube has a salt bar video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVaK5sm0jmc
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 09:56:12 PM »

Ive only done CP with salt bars and you MUST cut them almost immediately...unless youre super human or on steroids LOL
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2013, 07:22:01 AM »

With a salt bar, you need a large percentage of coconut oil as salt tends to work against lather.  Here is a link with a cold process recipe that I like.  You can use any cp recipe to hot process.  You might try adding some sodium lactate to the
soap after the cook and before adding the salt.  This should make you soap more fluid.  Don't go above 1% per pound of oils.  I suggest using individual molds that are an easy release because salt soap gets hard fast.
http://blog.thesage.com/2010/06/25/salt-soaps-a-perspective-from-tess/
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2013, 10:19:30 AM »

I have only made one batch of salt bars.  I thought it would give a scrubby feel to the soap.  It didn't, just dissolved.  I used a sea salt that was a little chunky (not as fine as salt that goes through a standard salt shaker).  I used cold process, just a basic recipe, nothing fancy, and the soap did get hard fast.  It also was more crumbly than my soaps without salt.  Some crumbling occurred when I cut it (less than 24 hours after putting in the loaf mold) but also (these were used in the shower), the soap bar broke easier as it got smaller. It would break into small chunks and I couldn't squeeze or smush them back into the bar.  My regular soaps get soft and are malleable, never crumbling.  So, that's my experience - first time though.  Seems I added at a 1% rate also. 
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2013, 10:50:20 AM »

Ive only made 100% coconut oil and salt bars...they are FABULOUS!
With Sweet Orange & Ylang Ylang...just wonderful  Wink
(and oh boy do they sell!)
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2013, 11:18:12 AM »

I've never HP'd salt bars but I make CP ones and LOVE them. I do a recipe with 80% CO and make up the difference with apricot kernel, Shea butter and castor. I cut at about 5 hours with this one. In a one pound batch I use 15 oz sea salt.
I did make a different recipe once and went to cut it at two hours and it was a crumbly mess so I stick with my regular recipe and its fantastic.
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2013, 01:42:32 PM »

Nice posts. Keep posting such needed information. Thank's!
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2014, 10:24:49 AM »

Fairly new at HP, but oh I am in love!!!  I also like CPOP if I need all of those finer little swirl projects.  

So, on that note, I just did a 5 pound 90% Coconut Oil Sea Salt Bar the other day.  I also used some Shea and Cocoa butters and did a 20% super fat.  I chose a fine grain moist sea salt at 70% of the weight and poured it all in at once.  

I worked super fast to get it in to mold that I had lined with a garbage bag to get it out easier.  I had a little left over, and my hubby molded it into (2) silicone cupcake molds.  I gave it an hour, and I absolutely love it.  The EO blend I made smells like lemon pound cake, and the turmeric made it yellow when cooked.  I also added my shea just before my salt.  Yes, it's more rustic than CP, but I didn't lose one bar to crumble.  
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2014, 04:20:10 PM »

Congratulations! Isn't HP FUN? I love it.
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