Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Salt Bar Soap

Ok. Why salt bar soap?

I often wondered that myself.

So........I did some research!
                            For one salt is effective to rejuvenate the skin cels.
It has magnesium, zinc, calcium, and potassium in it.

Salt opens up the pores to purify it.

Research shows that salt water can be effective in treating  acne.
Salt water is a common ingredient that Spas use for the whole body.
Salt water assists your skin in staying hydrated. Your skin will stay smooth and soft!
There is lots more information about the benifits of salt, but I won't go
into them all here. From all I read, and watched on Youtube,
I decided to make my own. This was a big step for me because of
all I have heard about how difficult it can be to make salt soap. 
I decided on using individual molds as apposed to loaf molds. 
Because of the minerals in salt it will inhibit lather in your bar of soap. If you want your salt bar to have any lather at all, you will have to use a rather high percentage of coconut oil which is the only oil that will produce lather in salt water.
But another problem is that a high percentage of coconut oil can be drying for you skin. Because you superfat a salt bar, and salt itself somehow cuts down the drying factor of the coconut oil, it is not drying to your skin.
You will have a hard bar of soap, but it can get crumbly. So that is
why I chose to use individual molds.
From all I  have read it is recommended to use anywhere from
80-90% coconut oil, and 15-20% superfat. The salt can be added
up to a 1:1 ratio with the amount of the oils.

I used 100% coconut milk that I froze into ice cubes. 
 I left some milk unfrozen to add to the iced milk so it would heat up to about 83 degrees.
I added my lye to the coconut milk ice cubes,
stirring until all was melted.
I had my oils already heated up..
I added my lye liquid to my oils and stick blended until I came to a light
trace and added my fragrance oil.
At medium trace I added my sea salt.
I poured the soap into my mold. I had some left over so I 
used some cupcake molds for the rest.

I put the soap in an 170 degree oven for about 2 1/2 hours. I wanted
it to gel completely. Once the bars cooled down I had no trouble getting them out of the mold at all. 

My Brazilian Sea Salt Soap Bars.

You can see for yourself the bubbles it makes!
I did 80% coconut oil, and 20 % with Olive Oil, Shea Butter, and
Castor Oil. I also used 75% Sea Salt, and 1.5 ounces of 
fragrance oil.

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