Sea Salt Swirl Soap Project

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Skill Level: Advanced
Time: 2 hours
Yield: About 3 pounds of soap

Project Description

Pink sea salt is added to this cold process soap at trace, and on the top for decoration. It creates a creamy lather that's gentle on the skin.

Making cold process soap with salt is a fun and interesting process, but it does require a little know-how. Salt inhibits bubbles and creates a creamy, dense lather. To balance this, you can increase the amount of coconut oil in your recipe - some soapers even go up to 100%! We used 80% in this recipe, along with argan oil, olive oil, and shea butter to keep skin moisturized. 

To complement the white and blue swirl, the bars are scented with Frosted Sea Glass Fragrance Oil. In addition to pink salt inside the bars, we added some on top for decoration and light exfoliation. Do not use any grain of Epsom salt or Dead Sea salt in cold process soap - they will completely kill lather and may cause weeping.

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Supplies

10 Ingredients
1 Tools
For All 11 Items
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All 11 Items :
Sodium Hydroxide Lye
Sodium Hydroxide Lye Item#: IB002149
$11.99

$11.99
Argan Oil - 4 oz
Argan Oil - 4 oz Item#: IB002453
$12.19

$12.19
Coconut Oil - 7 lbs
Coconut Oil - 7 lbs Item#: IB002329
$19.99

$19.99
Olive Oil - Pure - 1 lb
Olive Oil - Pure - 1 lb Item#: IB002448
$6.49

$6.49
Shea Butter - 1 lb
Shea Butter - 1 lb Item#: IB002473
$7.99

$7.99
Pink Sea Salt - Medium - 2 lbs
Pink Sea Salt - Medium - 2 lbs Item#: IB002770
$9.99

$9.99
Frosted Sea Glass Fragrance Oil - 3.5 oz
Frosted Sea Glass Fragrance Oil - 3.5 oz Item#: IB004527
$11.67

$11.67
Titanium Dioxide Pigment - 1 oz
Titanium Dioxide Pigment - 1 oz Item#: IB002531
$3.00

$3.00
Sea Clay - 1 oz
Sea Clay - 1 oz Item#: IB002583
$2.00

$2.00
Hydrated Chrome Green Pigment - 1 oz
Hydrated Chrome Green Pigment - 1 oz Item#: IB002557
$12.99

$12.99
12 Bar Square Silicone Mold - 1 mold
12 Bar Square Silicone Mold - 1 mold Item#: IB002735
$13.99
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$13.99

Instructions

Sea Salt Swirl Soap Project

  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: About 3 pounds of soap

Making cold process soap with salt is a fun and interesting process, but it does require a little know-how. Salt inhibits bubbles and creates a creamy, dense lather. To balance this, you can increase the amount of coconut oil in your recipe - some soapers even go up to 100%! We used 80% in this recipe, along with argan oil, olive oil, and shea butter to keep skin moisturized. 

To complement the white and blue swirl, the bars are scented with Frosted Sea Glass Fragrance Oil. In addition to pink salt inside the bars, we added some on top for decoration and light exfoliation. Do not use any grain of Epsom salt or Dead Sea salt in cold process soap - they will completely kill lather and may cause weeping.

You will need:

  • 12 Bar Square Silicone Mold
  • 24 oz. Coconut Oil (80%)
  • 3 oz. Olive Oil (10%)
  • 1.5 oz. Argan Oil (5%)
  • 1.5 oz. Shea Butter (5%)
  • 4.8 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 10.8 oz. Distilled Water 
  • 2.2 oz. Frosted Sea Glass Fragrance Oil
  • 15 oz. Pink Sea Salt, Medium (plus 1-2 ounces for the top)
  • 2 tsp. Sea Clay 
  • 1/2 tsp. Hydrated Chrome Green Pigment
  • Titanium Dioxide

Follow these steps:

1

Slowly and carefully add 4.8 ounces of lye to 10.8 ounces of water and gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved and the liquid is clear. Set aside to cool. 

2

In a large heat-safe container, combine and melt 24 ounces of coconut oil, 3 ounces of olive oil, 1.5 ounces of argan oil, and 1.5 ounces of shea butter. 

3

Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130° F or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until thin trace.

4

Whisk in the 2.2 ounces of Frosted Sea Glass Fragrance Oil.

5

Split off 300 mL of soap into a separate container and add all of the dispersed sea clay and pigment mixture. Stir until combined.

6

To the remaining soap, add all of the dispersed titanium dioxide. Stick blend the white soap until it reaches a medium trace. Add the 15 ounces of pink salt and stir. 

7

Pour the green soap into the container of white soap in different areas and various heights. Use a spatula to stir and swirl the soap 1-3 times - be careful to not over-mix or the colors will muddle.

8

Pour the soap into each cavity. If you find the salt is falling to the bottom, use a spoon to add some to each bar. Sprinkle pink sea salt on top.

9

Once you’re happy with the look, spritz the top with alcohol to prevent soda ash. Allow it to stay in the mold for at least 1 day - the soap helps this batch harden quickly. Allow the bars to cure for 4-6 weeks before using. Enjoy!

Tutorial credits

Photographer: Amanda Kerzman

Sea Salt Swirl Soap Project

  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: About 3 pounds of soap

Making cold process soap with salt is a fun and interesting process, but it does require a little know-how. Salt inhibits bubbles and creates a creamy, dense lather. To balance this, you can increase the amount of coconut oil in your recipe - some soapers even go up to 100%! We used 80% in this recipe, along with argan oil, olive oil, and shea butter to keep skin moisturized. 

To complement the white and blue swirl, the bars are scented with Frosted Sea Glass Fragrance Oil. In addition to pink salt inside the bars, we added some on top for decoration and light exfoliation. Do not use any grain of Epsom salt or Dead Sea salt in cold process soap - they will completely kill lather and may cause weeping.

You will need:

  • 12 Bar Square Silicone Mold
  • 24 oz. Coconut Oil (80%)
  • 3 oz. Olive Oil (10%)
  • 1.5 oz. Argan Oil (5%)
  • 1.5 oz. Shea Butter (5%)
  • 4.8 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 10.8 oz. Distilled Water 
  • 2.2 oz. Frosted Sea Glass Fragrance Oil
  • 15 oz. Pink Sea Salt, Medium (plus 1-2 ounces for the top)
  • 2 tsp. Sea Clay 
  • 1/2 tsp. Hydrated Chrome Green Pigment
  • Titanium Dioxide

Follow these steps:

1

Slowly and carefully add 4.8 ounces of lye to 10.8 ounces of water and gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved and the liquid is clear. Set aside to cool. 

2

In a large heat-safe container, combine and melt 24 ounces of coconut oil, 3 ounces of olive oil, 1.5 ounces of argan oil, and 1.5 ounces of shea butter. 

3

Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130° F or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until thin trace.

4

Whisk in the 2.2 ounces of Frosted Sea Glass Fragrance Oil.

5

Split off 300 mL of soap into a separate container and add all of the dispersed sea clay and pigment mixture. Stir until combined.

6

To the remaining soap, add all of the dispersed titanium dioxide. Stick blend the white soap until it reaches a medium trace. Add the 15 ounces of pink salt and stir. 

7

Pour the green soap into the container of white soap in different areas and various heights. Use a spatula to stir and swirl the soap 1-3 times - be careful to not over-mix or the colors will muddle.

8

Pour the soap into each cavity. If you find the salt is falling to the bottom, use a spoon to add some to each bar. Sprinkle pink sea salt on top.

9

Once you’re happy with the look, spritz the top with alcohol to prevent soda ash. Allow it to stay in the mold for at least 1 day - the soap helps this batch harden quickly. Allow the bars to cure for 4-6 weeks before using. Enjoy!

Tutorial credits

Photographer: Amanda Kerzman

You will need:

  • 12 Bar Square Silicone Mold
  • 24 oz. Coconut Oil (80%)
  • 3 oz. Olive Oil (10%)
  • 1.5 oz. Argan Oil (5%)
  • 1.5 oz. Shea Butter (5%)
  • 4.8 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 10.8 oz. Distilled Water 
  • 2.2 oz. Frosted Sea Glass Fragrance Oil
  • 15 oz. Pink Sea Salt, Medium (plus 1-2 ounces for the top)
  • 2 tsp. Sea Clay 
  • 1/2 tsp. Hydrated Chrome Green Pigment
  • Titanium Dioxide

Follow these steps:

1

Slowly and carefully add 4.8 ounces of lye to 10.8 ounces of water and gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved and the liquid is clear. Set aside to cool. 

2

In a large heat-safe container, combine and melt 24 ounces of coconut oil, 3 ounces of olive oil, 1.5 ounces of argan oil, and 1.5 ounces of shea butter. 

3

Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130° F or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until thin trace.

4

Whisk in the 2.2 ounces of Frosted Sea Glass Fragrance Oil.

5

Split off 300 mL of soap into a separate container and add all of the dispersed sea clay and pigment mixture. Stir until combined.

6

To the remaining soap, add all of the dispersed titanium dioxide. Stick blend the white soap until it reaches a medium trace. Add the 15 ounces of pink salt and stir. 

7

Pour the green soap into the container of white soap in different areas and various heights. Use a spatula to stir and swirl the soap 1-3 times - be careful to not over-mix or the colors will muddle.

8

Pour the soap into each cavity. If you find the salt is falling to the bottom, use a spoon to add some to each bar. Sprinkle pink sea salt on top.

9

Once you’re happy with the look, spritz the top with alcohol to prevent soda ash. Allow it to stay in the mold for at least 1 day - the soap helps this batch harden quickly. Allow the bars to cure for 4-6 weeks before using. Enjoy!

Tutorial credits

Photographer: Amanda Kerzman

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