Salt Layer in Soap
full log before cutting
I recently followed a recipe to make soap with a layer of salt in the middle.
Now the soap isn't stuck together in the middle and where the salt is, it is cracked in half!
I feel like the whole log might be ruined! What do I do to fix this? I am so sad!!!
It looks like the salt in the middle is still wet. If I wait till the salt is dried, will it hold together? Or do I need to re-batch this? Answer:
Unfortunately, waiting for the salt to dry will not bond the layers together.
Essentially, the salt has created a barrier between the two layers, preventing them from sticking together.
In order for it too have worked, you needed much less salt...a sparse sprinkle only. The base soaps must meet in the middle in order to bond.
You can re-batch it but if it was me, I would rework it instead. I would dice or shred each colour. Then I would make a plain white batch of soap and split it into two equal parts.
To each half, I would add the shredded bits and mold each half into a seperate mold. On the top of each I would sprinkle some saved shreds and a bit of salt for sparkle.
This way you would get one loaf that is white with red bits and one loaf with green bits. Very pretty for Christmas.