Yesterday, I shared one of Crystal’s two posts about salt soap and I had promised I would share the second post today. I hope you find this post educational.
|After a discussion on MMS Facebook page, I learned that you could add more Fine Dead Sea Salt to soap and it will be ok. Out of curiosity I made a test batch using 80% of the weight of oils as salt. This is the exact same recipe as Sea Salt Shine, just more salt. I made this batch a very tiny 5 oz. total weight in size.
Collect needed items:
First step I like to always take is mixing the sodium hydroxide and water together, so it can start cooling. However, when working with such a small batch I will weigh out my oils first, as you can melt the oils in the microwave. Also the smaller amount of Lye water cools faster than a large batch.
Weigh out oils, mix your lye solution, and bring both to approximately 125 degrees F. I work with temperatures of either mixture to be within 5 degrees of each other. Exact temperature is not critical.
Combine oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. This step for this small of a batch took less than 30 seconds. Add your fragrance, stir thoroughly, stir in your sea salt, pour into your selected mold. My trial size mold is a silicone cupcake pan from Wal-Mart, it does impart a little bit of a pinkish tint to the bottom of my soaps, but I am the only one using so I figure it does not hurt anything. 🙂
Observation : A little longer in the mold before the bars would release. With very little to no sweating on the surface of the soap.
My surprise: the surface of the soap is so smooth, like soft as a polished stone. I am so excited to try this bar out in the shower! I believe I have found a new recipe! 🙂
Now it is time for a comparison:
When formulating your own recipe take into consideration the extra volume added to the batch by increasing the salt to 80% of the weight in oils. As you can see from the photos, the original 6% salt batch resulted in 11/2 bars of soap. The 80% salt batch resulted in 2 full bars of soap. Each weighing approximately 3 oz. The 80% salt bars are also whiter.
I hope everyone finds this post to be helpful and informative.
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