When we go to the beach, the sea water leaves the skin soft and smooth. I have not done research as to why this happens, but it seems to for most people. For me, the sea water dries my skin, yet I still wanted to see what the hype was for the salt bring soap bars. I had previously made a salt bar. It is soap that has salt added. When washing, it does not feel gritty, and lasts a long long time, but it is like rubbing salt on the skin. On my skin, any knick, cut, crat or chapped area was stinging. Maybe it is for city folks and not farmer's hands. It is purported to be healing for skin conditions and good for acne. I used sea salt in the first batch of salt bars.
In the Soleseife soap, I used canola oil, one batch of organic canola and the other conventional canola. I do not use canola oil for anything, but would consider organic canola for soap because it grows locally and it is very conditioning, similar to hemp oil, another locally grown seed oil. Canola oil is cheaper though and has a long shelf life. Basically hemp oil will go rancid as soon as it is exposed to air and light.
The first bar was organic canola oil, organic coconut oil and home rendered lard. The lye was dissolved in water and the soap was cooked so it was useable when it was finished. Only, I measured grams instead of ounces and although it made soap, it was all off for the calculations and lye heavy. When I tested it, the first layer of my skin disappeared. Ooops. The second bar was also made that way with the grams instead of the ounces. That would be fine if the weights were in grams, but they were not. It burned my skin too, so I am thinking it is lye heavy. I will test the soap with ph paper in a few days after it cures more.
But today I did make a soap and used the scale with glasses on. Duh. I should be wearing glasses to read small print all the time now, though my eyes are still 20/20 vision for distance. I know because I had them checked 2 weeks ago. The soap made tonight was measured correctly finally and is in the mold now. I am sure it won't be lye heavy. It is organic canola, organic coconut oil and home rendered lard, carrot juice instead of water and lye. C'est tout! Lush cosmetics use canola/coconut oil for their soap bases so I am experiementing. The store uses conventional canola, though it is grown with herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and defoliation chemicals and is a GMO product too. NOT my preference at all. I would never ingest it, but it does make a lovely soap.
I am planning to keep batches small this winter, 2-3 pounds only. I molded the soap tonight in cheesecloth dampened with water and laid in a cardboard box from canning jars which took exactly 3 pounds of soap. Tomorrow I will add a photo of it.Now, off to bed. zzzz. Soapy dreams!