Dead Sea Mud & Salt Hot Process Soap Recipe (A Refreshing Spa Experience or a Great Handmade Gift!)
I’ve been busy creating recipes for my latest hot process soap recipe eBook, and I haven’t been sharing them on the blog….because they’re for the book! BUT, after I made this salt, clay, and pumice soap, I just couldn’t wait to share it.
It’s so simple, with only four oils….but it delivers a wonderful lather, cleansing and exfoliation, all while being incredibly conditioning for the skin. The essential oils also have anti-bacterial properties and are super refreshing! What more could you ask for in a natural, handmade sea salt soap recipe?
OK, now salt soaps can be a little tricky, and if you don’t have the oils right, they tend to sweat too much or be too crumbly. This soap does “sweat” (give off extra moisture) for a few days, but it calms right down. It hardens SUPER fast, too. I’ve shared more about sweating soaps below, in case you experience this phenomenon.
I used it in the shower right away (literally the same night as the day I made it), but if you are selling or giving it away as gifts, you’ll probably want to wait a few more days for total dryness.
Are you wondering why you should use salt and clay in your handmade soaps?
I know I wondered about this. It turns out the minerals in natural salts are incredible for your skin. They nourish, moisturize, and help exfoliate. What a dream!
And the green clay? It gives the soap an incredible “slip,” making it feel fabulous on your skin. It also helps purify and tighten your skin.
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Dead Sea Mud & Salt Hot Process Soap Recipe (Gotta Love That Handmade Natural Soap!)
This soap is a lovely light green color, which is perfect for the sea theme, I think. You can certainly use a different color clay, though, if you’d prefer a different color. Brazilian purple clay, or maybe a Red Moroccan Clay would also be nice.
I used finely ground sea salt and just a hint of pumice for extra exfoliating power!
OK! Now on the to soap recipe!
Ingredients for Dead Sea Mud & Salt Soap:
** 8 ounces Coconut Oil
** 16 ounces Olive Oil (I buy both the coconut oil and olive oil, organic, from Costco)
** 6 ounces Shea Butter
** 2 ounces Castor Oil (I get mine from good health food stores or drug stores)
The Lye Solution:
** 12.16 ounces filtered water
** 4.42 ounces sodium hydroxide (lye)
The Fragrance Blend (Essential Oils):
** 0.5 ounces Tea Tree essential oil
** 1 ounce Lavender essential oil
** 0.5 ounce Patchouli essential oil
NOTE: This is a two pound soap recipe, so I’m using a total of 2 ounces essential oil. If you don’t like a heavy scent, just cut these measurements in half.
A SECOND NOTE about essential oils for soap making. Using essential oils in soap making is not considered therapeutic use, and you do need quite a bit more than is typical when making something like a roller bottle or a spray. The links above are to Amazon and in sizes that will work for this soap recipe.
However, I haven’t tried these brands from Amazon, and there are only a few companies I really trust. You can find out more about choosing a good essential oil company here—-I give you all my recommendations plus my criteria for choosing a good company.
But for all my soap making needs, I tend to order essential oils online from Starwest Botanicals. They are a little more costly than the Amazon links, but are not prohibitively expensive like some of the big multi-level marketing companies’ prices.
Other Additives for Color and The Spa Thang:
** 11 ounces finely ground Sea Salt
** 1 1/2 tablespoon pumice (optional)
** 1 1/2 tablespoon French Green Clay
NO, it’s not really Dead Sea Mud, but I thought the name was cute! Nor is it salt from the Dead Sea either. BUT, it is sea salt from Costco. ;-) Shh! Don’t tell!
Now, I’m not going into a lot of detail here because I’ve created several really good picture tutorials on the blog.
If you are new to making handmade soap or to hot process soap, please be sure to read through these detailed picture tutorials:
OR I recommend the no-nonsense eBook: How to Create Your Own Natural Hot Process Soaps. This eBook has gotten several people that I know of (there are probably more) started in their own soap making businesses!
Now on to the steps in the recipe:
STEP 1) Measure out your oils
Using a large crock pot set to LOW, add your oils. Your coconut oil and shea butter needs to be completely melted, so I do this part first. Add your French Green clay to the crock pot too.
STEP 2) Measure out your lye solution
STEP 3) Add the lye solution to the oil mixture & bring to trace using a hand blender.
STEP 4) Cook until finished! (See the tutorial(s) for all the detailed directions please)
STEP 5) Add the salt, pumice, & essential oils
Stir these in REALLY well. Your soap will get a little harder at this point. That’s ok. You do need everything stirred up completely.
STEP 6) Place the hot soap in your soap mold.
Press this soap down WELL. It’s easy to get little air pockets in salt soap with the hot process method. You don’t want that.
STEP 7) Cool completely
STEP 8) Remove from the mold, cut, and enjoy!
A Quick Note About “Sweating” Soap: What is It and What Causes It?
Did you know a soap can sweat?
Well, not really, but it sure looks like it sometimes!
Salt is hygroscopic, which means it pulls water from the air. This may cause your soap to “sweat” or have little beads of water on the surface and/or underneath after it’s removed from the mold.
Usually cure time will solve this problem. However, if you are finding that your salt soaps still sweat after a couple of days (hot process method—-cold process sweating will last much longer, potentially), it’s best to move them to a dry sunny window or place them near a heat source like a wood stove or electric heater.
I haven’t had too many problems with my soaps sweating, but this soap recipe did sweat a bit for me. I just did as I said above—-moved the soap block to a dry and warm location for a few days.
If you live in a dry area, your soap will not sweat at all or should be quite minimal.
The sweating won’t hurt you at all. It’s just a little strange to see liquid appear on your fresh, handmade soap!
Final Thoughts on Dead Sea Salt Soap Using the Hot Process Method
This soap was a success! So much so, that I just couldn’t save it only for the book. I had to share it with you right away!
If you are making gifts for St. Patrick’s Day or Valentine’s Day or any kind of “gift” day, this spa soap is a real handmade luxury.
I hope you’ll give this homemade soap a try! You may want to sign up for my private Hot Process Soap Facebook group, which is just getting started. Here, you can share your own creations, ask questions, and get answers! Here is the link:
If you are just beginning your soap making journey and are feeling a little overwhelmed or intimidated—-that’s OK! I recommend my eBook, Creating Natural Hot Process Soap. If you want to start out with cold process soaps, I just love Jan Berry’s courses on natural cold process soap making.
Here are a few books on making soap I just love that helped me get going making my own soaps:
Natural Soap Making for Beginners by Kelly Cable
Simple & Natural Soap Making by Jan Berry
Everything Soapmaking Book by Alicia Grosso
and my own: How to Create and Customize Natural Hot Process Soap (You can also find it on Amazon Kindle)
If you’d like to start out learning with articles online, here are a few you may enjoy:
Lavender-Rosemary Vanilla Hot Process Soap (the 2nd tutorial)
Cold Process vs. Hot Process Handmade Soap: What is the Difference? (and which is best?)
and there are a LOT more over on the blog! Just head on over and search around!
Also, would you like my cheat sheet/checklist with all the steps for making your own hot process soap? You can download it from the Resource Library by completing the form below! It’s free!
Hugs, Health, and Self-Reliance,
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