Slsa Free Bubble Bar Recipe
This is a recipe that I created for those of you that do not want to create a bubble bar using slsa. This is a great alternative for someone with allergies to the powdered surfactants (the stuff that makes it bubble). Give this a go and see what you think. There is also a demo of the bubble show on my youtube channel.
2 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Tapioca Starch
4 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
2 Tbsp Citric Acid
3 Tbsp Coco Betaine
1.5 Tbsp Decyl Glucoside
2 tsp Sodium Lactate (Liquid)
1 tsp fragrance or to liking (remember the more you add, the more you will need to work it in)
color to taste
1 tbsp (optional) glycerin
This recipe is a very tricky recipe and will require patience. Due to the ingredient combination, it is not going to be the normal consistency you will be used to if you use a recipe with glycerin. You are going to be tempted at certain points to add more ingredients.. Don't do it... Resist the urge until right before you roll. Then you can use the optional tbsp of glycerin if you feel you need it but it will make it a bit stickier to roll.
Have your paper ready with a bit of baking soda or tapioca starch on it to help with the sticking. I keep a smidge of it on the side just in case I need it. You will need to move fast once you stop mixing.
Mix all your powder ingredients together completely and then add your liquids mixing as you go.
You will notice that your batter is very airy, fluffy and sticky. No worries.. Keep working it with your hand. After you have completely blended it together and it is no longer fluffy scrape your gloves and let your mix sit for 5 minutes so that it can rise. You will notice it has a crust on it.. That is fine and nothing to worry about. Beat it down and mix some more.
When you feel the mix getting thicker and more doughish, seperate into your colors and work fast. If you feel it is getting crumbly add a spritz or 2 of water. But don't over do it. It will get very sticky again. If it does just let it sit again for a few minutes and remix it.
Now comes the fun part. Plop your first color and make a large flat rectangle. Take your second color and do the same only on top of the first layer. I find it is easier to crumble it on top evenly then lightly smoosh it so it doesn't distort the bottom color. Once you have this squared you can roll it into a jelly roll. If it sticks to your paper just scrape it up and keep rolling.
This dough will continue to try and raise which is what you want. Airy and light. More like a famous bar we all know. Don't be tempted to pack it down unless you want a more compact bar like the ones with large amounts of glycerin. You will also notice that the outside of the roll wants to crack.. That is okay too. Just lightly with a finger press it down. I find using a finger dipped in baking soda works best.
Now for the cutting.. Generally you will see that these are dried sitting the same way they are cut. We are not going to do that. These will get fluffier as they sit and the sides will buldge out if you do that. So we are going to lay them on their sides. You can reshape them into squares or circles at this point. Once you are happy with how they look leave them sit. Do not be tempted to play with them. After 3 hours you will notice that you can pick them up and flip them if you like. They should be completely dry within 12 hours. If not just leave them for a bit longer.