What is the big deal with spa bars?

how i make

Spa bar is the common name of a soap that is comprised primarily of sea salt.

What are the benefits of using it?

Sea salt is a natural detoxifier, as the salt absorbs the toxins from the skin.

Sea Salt rejuvenates the skin and helps in reducing wrinkles and discoloration of the skin.

 People have used Sea Salt Soap everyday to get relief from acne and other inflammatory skin conditions.

The minerals found in sea salt helps to retain the moisture content of the skin. Sea Salt also acts as a barrier for the entry of germs, in your skin pores.

Sea Salt is used for naturally cleansing and revitalizing dry skin. Spa bars containing up to 50% of sea salt, have similar benefits to the skin.

After months of researching spa bars, their benefits, and different recipes, I started making them.

I have tried different methods, one being to add the sea salt to the lye solution. But this method has proved to be the BEST!



Here are the ingredients I will be using:

Yields: 48 ounces (3 lbs.) of soap.

8 oz. rice bran oil

2 oz. shea butter

10 oz. coconut oil

10 oz. olive oil

8 oz. hemp oil (you can substitute this with more olive oil, or grapeseed oil.)

10 oz. (organic sustainable) Palm oil

Lye solution:

7 oz. lye

17 oz. water

2.5 oz. Sea Salt


Prepare the lye-water first and set aside to cool.


Melt the oils on the stovetop on medium heat. (in a pot, after all you don’t want to be melting them directly on the stove top…you think it’s funny until your little sister is helping you make soap.) After the oils are fully melted, add your shea butter. This step helps to prevent the shea from becoming grainy during the congealing process. If you don’t care about the grainy consistency, just throw the shea in with the melting oils. When both the lye solution and the oils are below 95F slowly add the lye solution to the oils.



Mix with a stick blender until light trace.


Add the sea salt and desired fragrance and mix until they are fully incorporated.



sallltyI used Emerald Isle Sea Salt which by the way my Dad harvests by hand from the ocean.

I also used Nature’s Garden Ocean Waves fragrance oil for this soap. It’s an awesome oceany? scent. Although, I had to pour off some soap batter and add the fragrance to that, because the fragrance itself has a tendency to really accelerate trace! Then I mixed the fragranced soap along with the salt, into the rest of the soap.


Pour into mold, insulate and let the soap set up for 10-15 hours. Once the soap has set up (make sure it’s firm in the center), remove from the mold and cut. This soap sets up rather quickly, so you can cut the soap sooner rather than later. If you wait a long period of time the soap becomes crumbly and hard to cut. Let them cure for 5 weeks and BOOM you have finished your very own salt soap.

Kaboom! The finished soap.



And look how creamy it is.





I was pleased with the results and I wanted to share the recipe with you guys.

If you want to find out more about Emerald Isle Sea Salt, check our family site: http://www.rifefamily.com/




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