Saturday, January 8, 2011

IT'S IN THE RECIPE: THE CASE OF A SWEATING SALT SOAP


Wow, it's first time that it has happened to me! The salt soap is sweating! I have made salts soaps in summer and winter, humid and dry weather but never had sweat on salt soap. I believe that the only explanation is the recipe since this one is totally different from what I have done before.

In my salt soap recipes there is usually a very large percentage of coconut oil and then some butter. The lowest that I have gone is in the Summer Spa where I used 50% coconut.


This recipe has 30% coconut oil and 70% rapeseed oil with 5% superfat. It is a test batch I made with my sister Suvi to experiment how different percentages of sea salt affect the soap qualities (I'll let you know about the results once we have thorougly tested the soaps). Patience is not one of my virtues, so we used oven hot process to be able to test the soap sooner. After the soap came out from oven, we divided it in four parts and added different amounts of sea salt in each. The one with no sea salt did not sweat but even the smallest amount of salt resulted in sweating!


All this makes me conclude that the recipe or certain oils in the recipe might cause sweating. What do you think?

11 comments:

  1. I've never had this happen, but I've read about it. I always assumed that it had something to do with humidity, but apparently not!

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  2. I had written a post here a while back and I don't see it here! What a shame. Well, I wish you the best of luck solving your salt-soap sweating problem... I have NOT been able to solve mine. My salt soaps are wonderful in use, and the best sellers but they sweat and sweat. I have heard I need to get a de-humidifyer... but for the moment, I can barely package my salt soaps because within days the packaging is wet and ruined. Each time I make another batch I lower the water content but the still sweat! Please pass on any tips if you get positive results in your testing! xo Jen

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  3. I actually did two batches of salt soap that same day. The first one was this sweating soap and the other one was my regular recipe. The ones made with the regular recipe did not sweat at all, not a drop. I always make my salt soaps with 38% water as percentage of oil weight. That's why I think that some oils or combination of oils must cause sweating instead of humidity or the amount of water.

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  10. The sweat is from the salt. One night, I accidently got some salt on the counter and the next morning the granules were sweating profusely. Leave some of the salt you have spread out thinly on the counter and see if it sweats.

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