Salt Bars

Salt Bar Recipe
14 oz coconut oil
1 oz castor oil
1 oz avocado oil
5 oz water
2.26 oz lye

Make your soap as usual. (If you’re a beginner, please visit our basic cold process tutorial.) When you’ve reached light trace add your fragrance, color and salt. Stir until you get a thicker trace so that the salt isn’t settling to the bottom of your mixture. When your soap is thick enough, like pudding but still pourable, pour into your mold.

Here are some points to consider when making a salt bar.
#1 – Salt kills lather so use 50-100% coconut oil.
#2 – Since coconut oil can be drying you’ll want to superfat 10-20% for best results (I do a 20% superfat).
#3 – Salt bars made with high coconut oil set up fast…like 2-5 hours fast…so it’s easiest to use individual molds. If you use a log mold be sure to cut as soon as it’s hard enough…usually after 2-5 hours.
#4 – Don’t judge your salt bars the next day or even after week. Give it a nice long cure of 4-6 weeks and you’ll be suprised at how nice it is to use.
#5 – I prefer a salt bar with 50-60% salt but you can go as high as 100% (of weight of oils, ex. 16 oz oils then 16 oz salt).
#6 – Use regular table salt or sea salt. Do not use dead sea salt or you’ll end up with a gloopy mess.

Good luck!


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  1. Gerti January 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Amanda, thank you so much for your speedy response! Ha, out of curiosity I just washed my hands with a tiny bit. It is kind of greasy. It was exactly your recipe, so the batch was not as big 🙂 Since I do not have more castor oil (need to order) I will try a rebatch in the crock pot before I toss it. Ahhh, beginners luck.

    Greetings to you and thank you again.


  2. Gerti January 23, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Hi Amanda,

    finished making these just a few minutes ago and realized after putting them in the molds and cleaning up the utensils that I forgot to add the avocado and castor oil. (I was interrupted). What am I supposed to do now? Throw it away or can it be salvaged?


    • iheartsoap January 23, 2011 at 9:04 am

      (Yikes! I’ve done that before!) Hmmm…I’ve never tried to rebatch a salt bar. I think you have two options….make another batch and crumble in this one with the extra oils. Or dump it in the crock pot and add the extra oils. But I’ve never tried either. If it wasn’t a big batch, I’d probably toss it.

  3. Gerti January 23, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Great tut. Thank you!

  4. Patrice August 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Great tute! I’ve always wanted to make a CP salt bar, and this one looks very doable:)

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