- 100% tallow soap
- Lemon balm herbal soap
- Pink clay soap
- Neem oil soap
- Coffee grounds soap
- Activated charcoal soap
- Shaving soap
Using salt in soap
I decided to try a couple of recipes that use salt - soap with pink salt as an exfoliant, and then soap with salt water in the lye to make a harder bar (its called soleseife in German). Salt is supposed to produce a nice lather and a soft, soothing soap. I sprinkled larger lumps of salt on top the exfoliant bar. See below for the recipes adapted for tallow.
|It looked good in the moulds!|
If you pour salt soap into a loaf mold, you have to monitor it closely and cut it before it gets to hard. This can be 4 hours after you pour or 8. Sometimes it is hard to tell when they are ready to cut.More on salt soap here and here.
|We could not cut the soap without crumbling because it was so hard|
|soap muffins - risen nicely but a little burnt!|
- Salt make soap VERY hard and it must be cut very soon after pouring or poured into individual moulds - no cutting required
- Soap can be rebatched, it takes ages to melt and never pours as nicely as the original
- Don't leave soap in the oven to melt!
- I like salt soap, so I'll try this recipe again.
|more beef fat|
Salt soap recipe
In order to compare, I made both recipes the same, the only difference was that the soleseife had the salt dissolved in hot water which was later used to make the lye. I used a high coconut oil content as salt tends to reduce the lather. I only had 6% superfat, which is lower than recommended, so you might want to reduce the lye to 151 g for 8% superfat (because coconut oil can be drying), however I haven't noticed any problems with my version below.
250 g tallow
250 g olive oil
500 g beef tallow
155 g caustic
330 mL water
100 g salt - either added at trace or dissolved in the water and allowed to cool
Larger grain salt as decoration
Essential oils can be added (I wanted to try it plain at first)
Have you tried making soap with salt? Any soap fails to share?