Salt Bar Soap is my FAVORITE!
Not only is salt bar soap quick to make, it is amazing on the skin.
What is a Salt Bar Soap?
A salt bar is soap usually made with a high percentage of coconut oil and sea salt. These help produce a bar that is long lasting, still able to lather, and provides the benefits of sea salt. It also offers a gentle exfoliation.
Sea salt is salt comes from evaporated sea water. It is used in both cooking and in skin care. Sea salt is a natural detoxifier, as the salt absorbs the toxins from the skin. Sea Salt also is known to contribute to increased circulation, have antiseptic effects, soften skin without a greasy feel and reduce fluid retention. Since sea salt does not go through the same manufacturing processes as table salt, the minerals from the sea remain, giving sea salts different colorings depending on where they are from. Many of these minerals also provide nutrients and benefits to the skin. Magnesium helps in getting rid of dry skin. Magnesium improves the texture of skin and skin hydration. You can get an improved tone by bathing in sea salt. The permeability of skin improves and it helps to deliver the oxygen to all cells of the skin effectively. Thus, you can get glowing and fresh skin after bathing in sea salt water and of course, using a sea salt bar. 🙂
Sea Salt Bars and Coconut Oil
While Sea Salt Bars do offer lots of great benefits, there is one major drawback: salt kills bubbles and lather. Add in hard water, and you are left with an almost sticky bar that is far from Spa like. In comes Super Coconut oil! In my coconut oil post I wrote about how coconut oil is one oil that allows for bubbles even in salty water. It is drying to the skin in high amounts though, so you have to use a recipe that is superfatted between 15%-20%. This combo makes the perfect salt bar soap. Of course every skin is different, so it may still require some experimentation. In general, I stick with a 1-1 salt and oil ratio (if I have 20oz of oils I use 20oz of salt). This makes a bar that is very hard and lasts a long long time. As this bar is used and worn down, it smooths out like alabaster.
I wanted to include my simple sea salt/coconut oil soap recipe, in case you want to try this for yourself.
I strongly advise that you use proper precautions when using lye for soapmaking. Check out tips here: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/back-to-basics-lye-safety-guide/ In sharing this recipe I assume you have some basic knowledge of soapmaking and its process.
This is NOT a beginner recipe.
Sea Salt Spa Bar Recipe-1 LB (Click the link for a SoapCalc Download of the Recipe)
38% Lye Concentration
6.08 oz Distilled Water
2.35oz Sodium Hydroxide
Coconut Oil-100% 16 oz
Sea Salt- 16oz
You can always add special additives. My favorites include coconut milk, colloidal oatmeal, and kaolin clay. You can experiment and replace the water with all milk, beer, tea, aloe juice and lots more. Want to see how I make my bars? Watch here I’d love to see what you come up with. Share it on social media using the hashtag #ladybugsuds.
Next week is my last video and post in this series, and it has also been the longest process! Liquid Soap! See you then.