Making Salt Bars
Usually when people start making natural soap at home it’s to help themselves or a family member with a skin condition. Salt bars are usually the go to choice for people who want to solve problems with Acne.
If you live near the ocean or go often you know how wonderful sea water is in helping clear out acne. This is why many soap makers choose to add salt bars to their range.
There are quite a few other advantages to creating salt bars.
1. Salt bars last a long time.
They won’t dissolve as fast as other soap bars, and they tend to last longer even if they’re used in the shower.
2. They are relatively cheap to make.
Most recipes include a high content of Coconut oil which relatively cheap and easy to come by.
3. Salt bars are harder than regular soap bars.
Which makes them great for multiple cavity molds. If you follow me on instagram I mentioned how unhappy I am with my multi cavity soap mold.. It can take days for my soap to harden and I always have to pop my mold into the freezer for a few hours to get the soap out. And even then, my soap comes out dented and without the beautiful crisp edges. But not with salt bars. When I make soap bars in these molds they harden really fast and I can pop them out of the mold in half the amount of time with no issues.
4. Salt bars are great for the skin.
Salt is purifying and works wonders in cleaning out pores. And like I mentioned, it’s great for acne prone skin. So if you’re making soap for sale, you can easily market these bars and tell your customers about the benefits of sea salt.
What type of salt should you use?
I prefer fine sea salt, and I’ve also tried pink Himalayan Salt a few times.
How much salt should you use?
You’re going to use a LOT of salt. I usually add %50 of my oil weight in salt. So as an example: If your oil weights are 1000 grams, then add 500 grams of salt to your batch.
Here is a recipe for you to try
Coconut Oil: 810 g
Castor Oil : 90 g
Lye: 128 g
Water: 256 g
Sea Salt: 450 g
Charcoal: 2 TBS
Peppermint Essential oil: 30 g
12 Cavity Mold
Add the salt after you reach thin trace. Then continue mixing until the batter thickens and the salt is suspended in the soap batter.
Let me know if you try this recipe by tagging @figarabia . I’d love to share your creations on my account.
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