Salt Soap Scrub
by John McPhail
Thank you for your website and wonderful information along with all the ideas and recipes.
I tried your salt soap recipe yesterday. Scales to the following Castor Oil 105 gms
Coconut Oil 750 gms
Grapeseed Oil 225 gms
Yield approx 2 Kg
Water 150 gms + coconut milk (no additives)200 gms put into the ly and water when temp @ 40 deg C
This then added to the oils at 40 Deg C Trace occurred after approx 3 min then added 750 gms Himalayan Pink salt and stirred, not whisked, until mixed.
A little hard to do as it seemed so much salt. Poured into mouuld and again using a spoon mixed to get a good dispersion of the salt throughout the soap.
Covered for 18 hours and cut this morning.
Here lies the difficulty. I found the soap to be "crumbly" when cutting.
The soap is already harder than most of my other soaps and it is salvageable I think. Ill know in a few days. Worst case I'll re-batch it.
My question is how do I manage the soap so it is not so crumbly before I cut it.
Thank you for your assistance. Answer:
Yes that can certainly happen. Salt soaps must be cut as soon as the soap can be handled or it will become too hard.
Here is a quote from the recipe:"This soap should be cut when it has firmed up and can be handled. This was at about 12 hours for me. If left too long the soap will harden and you will not be able to cut it withuot it crumbling apart."
My salt soap is firm but still quite warm to the touch when I cut it. Even then there will be a bit of crumbling on some edges.