Linen, Clay & Salt Soap Bars

           This recipe is for those who are looking for a hard exfoliating clay and salt bar. The following recipe and video demonstrated a clay and salt bar with a fresh linen fragrance that has the texture of a pumice stone has a larger portion of salt and clay than soap. For this reason, this bar is good for skin exfoliation and will not last as long in the shower as a standard bar of soap. A salt bar will not lather like a regular bar.

TIP: Many soapers will calculate their recipe to total the weight of a loaf of soap around 3 lbs. This is because a standard bread mold (or a  common soap mold) will hold 3 lbs. of oils. If you look over a new recipe, and you're not sure you want to make that much soap, you can reduce your recipe down to 1 lb and cut a slat of cardboard to tightly fit in your silicone mold. You can then adjust the cardboard to be fitted into a place that will allow you to fill your mold and fill your bars to full sizes without making so many bars.

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ONE - Preparing the lye water solution is the first step in creating a loaf of sage & citrus soap. If you are new to cold process soap making you may want to review our article on lye safety in soap making. (This is a caustic chemical that can cause injury if mishandled. If you have never made soap before, we recommend you do not skip this.) With your safety gear on gently pour the lye crystals into a bowl of cold distilled water. Dissolve the crystals thoroughly and allow the solution to settle. Put this in the fridge or freezer while you are preparing the rest of the recipe.

TWO -  Melt the coconut oil over low heat. Give it just enough heat to melt the oil without burning it. In separate cups, prepare the pink mica and titanium dioxide in three tbsp. of melted coconut oil and blend the colorants until they are smooth.

THREE -  When the lye and coconut oil are both room temperature gently pour the lye solution into the coconut oil. Blend this until it is completely emulsified. Add the fragrance oil and vitamin E. Blend this well. Split this into two separate bowls and add one color to each bowl.

FOUR - Slowly add the clay into the pink batter and blend this until it has been incorporated completely. Next, gently pour the salt into the white batter and blend well. The salt should be expected to melt on contact with the warm chemical reaction.  Pour the clay batter into the bottom of the mold, and gently layer the salted batter on the top trying to keep the two layers separate. Sprinkle the top with pink Himalayan salt. Allow this to harden for 24 hours.

FIVE - After 24 hours, cut the bars into pieces. Keep an eye on this recipe. If the loaf gets too hard it will become difficult to cut and the salt can become brittle. This is ready to use after it has finished curing in 4 weeks.


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