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The Soap Fairy
18-03-2009, 10:49 PM
I need a bit of help please. I thought I would have a go at making some bath melts and they seemed quite easy to make ........ after 2 lots going in the bin I think I need a bit of advice.
The first batch I followed a recipe for fizzin bath melts - they came out far too oily as I didn't add citric acid or SB.
Next batch found another recipe using slightly less oil but didnt say how to cool them down. firstly put in the fridge and then in the freezer but when I tried to get them out of the mould they broke (I think I froze them for too long) and the bottom will still quite liquidy.
My question is........ what is the best way to cool them down, how long do they roughly take to set and is the texture quite greasy???
24-03-2009, 07:08 AM
I use a recipe which involves mostly Cocoa Butter as it is pretty solid at room temperature. If you are going to add Oil or softer butter like Shea Butter then you should probably use Beeswax or Carnauba Wax to harden them (it does mean they take longer to melt in the bath, though).
A good guide line would be:
85% Cocoa Butter
5% Shea Butter
5% Jojoba (or other) Oil
Silicone trays are best as you can demould them more easily.
Melt all the Butters and Oils together and add your Essential or Fragrance Oils. Stir thoroughly. Leave to cool but don't let them set hard and when they look like they are begining to harden on the surface you can pop them in the fridge or freezer - leave them for half and hour or so and then check them (sometime you have to pop one out to make sure they have hardened). Put them back in the freezer if they haven't hardened completely. When they are ready, take them out of the freezer and just leave them for half an hour to warm up a little and then they should demould.
If you wanted to make Fizzy ones you follow a normal Bath Bomb Recipe - I use a 2:1 ratio of Sodium & Citric...add a tiny bit of melted Shea or Cocoa Butter and mix thoroughly. Press them really hard down into the mould and leave them to set for about 24 hours before attempting to demould. If you are going to put them in the fridge or freezer, wrap them in cling film so the citric doesn't absorb any more moisture. If you add too much oil or butter they just won't harden.
Hope this helps and good luck :)
24-03-2009, 11:24 AM
I don't use fridge or freezer in late autumn, winter and early spring - just put them in an unheated room, but I do put the melted butters and oils to cool somewhat before pouring. (trying to work out if I can fit a fridge in the understairs cupboard)
Some cornflour or tapioca starch will help to avoid the greasiness, especially if you're using a liquid oil in your recipe.
The advantage of fizz is that the oils and butters are dispersed in the bath and are less likely to form an oilslick on the surface - I use about 60% butters and hard oils to 40% dry ingredients for a gently fizzing bathmelt (I never use a wax or liquid oil). However you can use whatever mix of oils and butters you fancy - many and varied recipes are around on the web, e.g.
To minimise the greasiness you can add Polysorbate 20 or Polysorbate 80.
The Soap Fairy
24-03-2009, 10:39 PM
Thanx - I knew someone would be along eventually to help me out. Will have another go.
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