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Dive into Paradise with a Sea Salt Soap Bar

CEO Tinh Phung
Introduction Are you longing for a tropical escape? Indulge in the scents and sensations of paradise with a homemade sea salt soap bar. This exquisite soap not only smells incredible but also provides superb exfoliation...

Introduction

Are you longing for a tropical escape? Indulge in the scents and sensations of paradise with a homemade sea salt soap bar. This exquisite soap not only smells incredible but also provides superb exfoliation for your skin. Get ready to transport yourself to a beachside oasis!

A pile of round sea salt soap bars. Picture: A pile of round sea salt soap bars.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s fun to make. Whether you're a soap-making beginner or simply intrigued by the idea of sea soap, this salt bar soap recipe is the perfect choice to start your journey.
  • It’ll exfoliate your skin. The salt granules in this soap act as a natural exfoliant, gently sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal fresh, rejuvenated skin.
  • It’s anti-drying. We've added various natural oils and butters to combat the drying effects of salt, ensuring that your skin remains nourished and moisturized.

What is a sea salt soap bar?

Sea salt soap bars offer a blissfully natural way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin while evoking the calming essence of the sea. These bars gently scrub away dead skin cells, balance pH levels, and even reduce inflammation due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, sea salt is naturally antimicrobial, making it an excellent germ killer.

Sea salt soap bars on a wooden board. Picture: Sea salt soap bars on a wooden board.

The benefits of salt soap

Here's even better news: sea salt soap bars are generally suitable for sensitive or acne-prone skin. The salt helps reduce bacteria while remaining gentle enough for daily use. Additionally, salt acts as an exfoliating agent, drawing out impurities and leaving your skin feeling revitalized and fresh. Say goodbye to calloused feet and hello to a rejuvenated glow!

How to make a sea salt soap bar

Creating your own sea salt soap bar at home is surprisingly simple, even for those new to soap-making. Just follow these steps:

Tools:

  • Digital scale
  • Large bowl
  • Immersion blender
  • Gloves, mask, goggles, and protective clothing

Ingredients:

This recipe uses 5% superfat.

Oils & Fats

  • Coconut oil: 12 ounces
  • Almond oil: 6 ounces
  • Castor oil: 10 ounces
  • Total Oils: 28 ounces

Liquid & Lye

  • Water: 9.14 ounces
  • Lye: 4.09 ounces
  • Total Water and Lye: 13.23 ounces

Add-ins

  • 1 ounce of coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of blue mica powder (adjust to your preference)

Sea salt soap recipe

  1. In a well-ventilated area and while wearing safety gear, add water to a heat-resistant container.
  2. Slowly add lye to the water, stirring until fully dissolved. Be cautious of the rapid increase in temperature.
  3. Allow the lye water to cool while melting the coconut oil, almond oil, and castor oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Let both mixtures cool to around 100°F.
  4. In a large mixing bowl with tall sides, combine the melted oils and lye water mixture gradually using an immersion blender until it reaches a light trace.
  5. Add salt and mica powder, stirring well. Note that the trace will continue to thicken.
  6. Pour the soap into prepared soap molds and let them harden for 24 to 72 hours before removing. Place the bars on their ends with some space between them and allow them to cure for five weeks.
  7. After the curing period, your sea salt soap bars will be ready to use. Trust us, the wait is worth it!

Oval-shaped sea salt soap bars on a wooden rack. Picture: Oval-shaped sea salt soap bars on a wooden rack.

Safety precautions

While creating your homemade sea salt soap bars, it's important to prioritize safety. Here are some tips to ensure a safe soap-making experience:

  • Wear protective gear, such as gloves and goggles, when handling the lye and the soap mixture. Sea salt can also cause irritation for certain skin types, so it's best to take precautions.
  • Clean and sanitize all soap-making utensils before and after each use to prevent contamination.
  • Be mindful of potential dryness when using sea salt soap regularly. If you experience excessive dryness, consider alternating with other moisturizing soaps.
  • Keep homemade sea salt soap bars away from children and pets. Additionally, store them in a dry place to extend their shelf life.

Frequently asked questions

Can I add fragrance? Absolutely! Add up to 40 drops of essential oils at a light trace before incorporating the colorant and sea salt.

Can I adjust the superfat %? Certainly! A higher superfat will make the bar more moisturizing, counteracting the natural drying properties of salt. Use a soap calculator to readjust the ingredients accordingly.

Do all soap bars have lye? Yes, soap bars are made with lye. However, there are melt-and-pour recipes available that eliminate the need for handling lye directly. These recipes allow you to focus on adding finishing touches to pre-made soap bases.

How do I check the trace? Checking for trace is easy. As the soap thickens with the immersion blender, hold it above the bowl and let the excess soap drip off. If it pools up on top of the soap in the bowl, you have achieved a trace.

Can I use regular kitchen utensils for making soap? No, it's not recommended to mix soap-making and cooking utensils. Store all soap-making materials separately, especially the container used for lye water.

Enjoy the gratifying process of making sea salt soap bars. They're not only enjoyable to create but also a delight for your skin. We would love to hear your feedback, so don't hesitate to leave a review. For more incredible soap recipes, check out our other articles on tallow soap, olive oil soap bars, and natural glycerin soap bars.

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