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Shannon's Favorite Bubble Bar Formula:

Dry Phase:

SCI 4% (I'm experimenting with higher percentages of this)

SLSa 18% (Working to replace with Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate)

Cream of Tartar 26%

sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) 37%

Wet phase:

cocamidopropyl betaine 8%

coco silky cleanse (or DLS Mild or some other gentle liquid surfactant) 6%

fragrance 1%

color (I've used liquid lakes and mica. they both work fine) It only takes a teensy amt of color!

what is SCI?

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SCI = Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate. It's a gentle granular surfactant derived from Coconuts. The herbarie carries it. The Conservatorie does too.

If you don't have or don't wish to use SCI, you can use all SLSa - or another powdered surfactant of your choice.

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I made a batch last night that was baking soda, SLSA, kaolin clay and corn starch. I am at work but I believe the proportions were 1 c of both soda and SLSA and 1/4 c. of Clay and starch. Mixed with FO and glycerin till it is like play dough.

In the past my mixtures felt almost gritty. or it would harden up to a brick and not bubble well.

This one was nice and smooth and I am hoping this comes out well. It bubbled well last night but i totally have to cure it. it was getting firm this morning but still had a bit of a soft touch to it.

I used pink sugar FO and colored it pink. It is now pink with brown spots, but I expected that cause of the pink sugar.

is there a rule of thumb for the FO? like with CP it is 1%

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yeah the last batch I did I used cream of tartar and I don't know what I did but it was gritty and rock hard. I would have to look back at the recipe that I tried.

I am going to keep testing. Next I do want to try the recipe above and add in cream of tartar to see what it does.

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so i tested the batch above and they are ok but the bubbles are not great.

I am going to take TallTayl's suggestion and add in Tartar instead of corn startch.

i also found this recipe:

1/3 Cup Cornstarch

1/3 Cup Cream of Tartar

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Cup- 1 1/2 Cups SLSA (Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate)

1 Tablespoon Tapioca Starch

1/3 Cup - 1/2 cup Vegetable Glycerine

1 Tablespoon Moisturizing Oil (In the video I am using Sulphonated Castor)

2 teaspoons, more or less Fragrance or Essential Oil

10 drops or less Food Coloring

Just keep on testing :)

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