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« on: November 26, 2009 08:06:41 AM »

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This is what a bubble bar is. It crumbles under running water and produces tons of bubbles. It creates a nice lather and is very moisturizing. Companies like LUSH make them, as well as many individuals on ebay/etsy, though I never see them in stores.
Any tutorials? Pictures/videos are a huge help! I appreciate any advice Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2009 12:43:48 PM »

This is pretty much the simplest version. SLSA (sodium laurel sulfoactate) is a dry powder, not to be confused with SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) which is a liquid. I've only made them once and made them a bit too thick so they didn't really dry out well and were a bit...icky after a few days, so maybe be careful of that lol! But SLSA, cream of tartar (tartaric acid), baking soda, and glycerine are what you'll need.

http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/bubblebath/

I found a couple other recipes doing a basic search that were a lot more complicated and included SLSA and SLS, and a few more ingredients that I did not know what they even were. I always like less ingredients! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2010 10:19:16 PM »

It's different then the recipe I've used (the glycerine one). I didn't care for the one I used, it stayed kinda wet and nasty.  I don't know what the coca things are either.

I'm not sure what you mean by the substitution? You do want to keep your wet ingredients and dry ingredients ratio the same, so if you meant just adding more slsa instead of the sls that is gonna goof up the wet to dry ratio.
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2010 11:26:04 PM »

Ah, see I haven't tried SLS/SLSa, only read about it. I didn't even think about one being wet and one being dry so I guess you're right about that.

I haven't tried the glycerin recipe yet but it just doesn't seem to be *quite* what I'm looking for.

Oh and just for reference, this is the texture I'm looking for (pictures from various sellers on Etsy)

http://ny-image1.etsy.com//il_430xN.108930717.jpg

http://ny-image1.etsy.com//il_430xN.109298565.jpg

http://ny-image0.etsy.com//il_430xN.38579648.jpg

http://ny-image2.etsy.com//il_430xN.103494290.jpg

http://ny-image2.etsy.com//il_430xN.113145150.jpg


Like it looks soft enough to crumble easily but hard enough to keep it's correct form.
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2010 11:34:23 PM »

hehe, those second ones look like marshmallows! I have a ton of SLS, maybe I will experiment! (Like, a whole gallon I bought to make bubble bath and never used!) I do think the glycerine one has that texture, but I think it needs to have a preservative to prevent the moldies.
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2010 12:50:50 AM »

If you do, I will love you forever! I'm just getting interested in soap making but I mainly want to make these and bath bombs so I want to get an awesome recipe for both. Hm, I'll keep researching and I'll let you know if I find another recipe Smiley

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Hm, it seems the co-whatever stuff may be a secondary foaming agent..
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2010 07:23:04 AM »

Yeah from what they said about subbing them out for the sls it sounds like a more natural surfectant. I wonder how much they cost?
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2010 06:19:59 PM »

http://www.etsy.com/shop/moodygurl

Moodygurl on Etsy's bubble bars look amazinggg.
The texture, size, ahh I want to make those so bad!
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2010 02:23:05 PM »

I really like the simple recipe thats mentioned...we subbed cornstarch for the cream of tartar though...cot is crazy expensive...we make ours like small flat cakes and they can be cut into 4's

http://ny-image0.etsy.com//il_fullxfull.113712656.jpg

a couple of videos showing all the bubbles that they make (the 1st vid is ours, the others from bloggers reviews)
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http://www.youtube.com/GLITTEREYES82#p/u/1/6sa3HG62pgA
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2010 04:24:49 PM »

I definitely do plan on subbing the cornstarch for the cream of tartar - that stuff is too expensive! And I hear it doesn't make a huge difference? Though nearly all of the bubble bar makers I see still use the cream of tartar so that makes me wonder. The end results of your bars is pretty much what I'm wanting but the product itself doesn't resemble what I'm looking for. It may be just because you've made them into the smaller, flatter cakes, but they just don't have that fluffy crumbly texture I'm looking for. However again, yours still look fantastic so if nothing else, I love that I'll be able to make something with such great results!
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« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2010 06:17:37 AM »

cornstarch is a great sub for cream of tartar I believe the only difference I have seen was that the cornstarch was a bit harder to crumble under water..
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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2010 10:55:37 PM »

I just wanted to update to say that I made first bubble bar tonight and am VERY happy with the way it turned out! thank you ladies for all your tips Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2010 10:38:01 AM »

Exciting!  Which recipe did you end up using?
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2010 05:50:47 PM »

1/3 cup of cream of tartar
1 cup of baking soda
1 cup of sodium laurel sulfoacetate SLS
1/3 cup (more or less) of glycerin liquid
a few drops of water-based soap colorant or food colouring (start with a small amount and add in more if it needs to be stronger)
any fragrance or essential oil (start with a small amount and add in more if it needs to be stronger)
a mold

This is the recipe I use  Smiley
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