Glycerin Soap With Sea Salt Recipe

Make your own glycerin soap for a natural feel.

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The soap aisles at stores are so chock full of soap options that you could probably spend days agonizing over just how dry your skin is and just what fragrance you need. To avoid decision hassles and save money, many women turn to making their own soaps with glycerin, which helps them avoid using fat or lye in the soap. Adding sea salt to the soap also gives it an exfoliating effect, so you can remove dead skin skills, clean yourself up, smell fresh and save time and money doing it.


Set up a double boiler on your stop top. If you don't have one, fill one large pot with water and bring it to a boil, then set a smaller pot in the water. The water will heat up the smaller pot to create a double boiler effect. This way, you don't burn the glycerin.


Add ½ lb. of clear glycerin soap to the top pot or the double boiler and allow it to melt completely. When the glycerin base is completely melted, add ½ tbsp. table salt and ½ tbsp. of your favorite fragrance oil. Many recipes recommend a peppercorn fragrance to create a salt and pepper effect, but you can use whatever works for you. Stir to mix all ingredients together and enjoy the sweet smell.


Pour the mixed glycerin into a rectangular soap mold or drawer divider until it is about ¼ inch thick. Sprinkle ¼ cup of sea salt on top of the soap and allow everything to cool. You can set up the next part of the recipe while this cools.


Clean out the double boiler, and then activate it again. Melt ½ lb. of white glycerin soap in the double boiler. When it's all liquid, add ½ tbsp. castor oil, ½ tbsp. beeswax, ½ tbsp. of your fragrance oil and 2 tbsp. poppy seeds and stir it all in.


Pour the mixture on top of the original soap. Allow it to cool completely, so it sticks to your original batch and forms one large, rectangular bar of soap. Once everything cools off, you can start washing with your homemade soap.

Things You'll Need


1.Double boiler or pots

3.1/2 tbsp. table salt

5.Stirring spoon

7.1/4 cup sea salt

9.1/2 tbsp. castor oil

11.2 tbsp. poppy seeds

2.1/2 lb. clear glycerin soap

4.1 tbsp. fragrance oil

6.Soap mold

8.1/2 lb. white glycerin soap

10.1/2 tbsp. beeswax


Tips & Tricks


Find soap making materials at arts and crafts stores or specialty retailers. You can modify recipes per your preference for different ingredients or fragrances.


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