Wondering how to create dead sea salts yourself? This homemade soap making recipe can really help soothe tired muscles, relax you after a long day and calm you down for a good night's sleep – all with four different mixes to help you tailor your own unique bath salt mixture to suit your specific requirements.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative then you may want to consider using a mix of sea salt and Epsom salt. Both these ingredients are readily available in most health food stores and both can be used to create beautiful, fragrant bath salt which is very similar to the natural ingredients found in some traditional seashells. It can also be made more potent by adding more of each ingredient but this is dependent on the individual's preferences and your own personal bath salt mix.
For the best results it is best to use just one or two essential oils like lavender or Rosemary or if you prefer, a combination of these two or more aromas in order to provide the best results. It is also advisable to add a drop of essential oil to each bath salt from dead sea salt in order to provide a more natural fragrance and give your homemade soap making project a more natural feel and finish.
To make the sea salt, you will need to soak a few cups of loose sea salt in warm water for at least one hour. Once this is done, remove the salt and allow it to drain, allowing it to absorb the moisture within the water. Add in the other ingredients and mix well. You can leave the mixture to cool completely before you use it but it will not lose its effectiveness.
As for the Epsom salt, it is recommended that you add this to your bath salt mixture once it has cooled thoroughly. When you combine this salt in your bath salt you are essentially creating your own homemade facial cleanser. Using the salts helps to soothe your pores, which helps to keep dirt out and get rid of dead skin cells.
It is important that you allow the Epsom salt mixture to cool completely before you apply it to your face as the liquid will seep into the skin. If the mixture has been left to stand for too long, it may cause an allergic reaction to your skin.
When it comes to the mix of the lavender, Rosemary, and clove essential oils, you are left with three separate blends of bath salt and oils to experiment with. There is a wide range of lavender essential oil which helps to invigorate the skin and ease irritation whilst Rosemary and clove essential oils are soothing to the skin.
The fourth essential oil is the last in the sea salt mixture to be added and is used for its antibacterial properties which are very effective for ridding pores of bacteria and germs that cause acne. As with any other bath salt, make sure that it is completely cooled before using it.
When you have all the essential oils and salt mixture mixed together, you are left with one final ingredient which is the soap. When creating your own homemade bath soap, this is usually a mixture of Castor oil, glycerin, and lye which help to create a safe, non-toxic substance to use on your skin.
Glycerin is a natural substance found naturally in animal skins and it acts as a lubricant and a carrier. This makes it easy to add to a bath salt mixture, ensuring that your soap is not only safe to use but also comfortable to wear on your skin. As with any type of glycerin soap, it is not recommended to use glycerin for personal hygiene purposes as excessive exposure can cause skin irritations and other allergic reactions.
When using glycerin, make sure that it is applied to the skin gently but thoroughly so that it does not become greasy. The glycerin will harden when exposed to moisture. If you are using it to clean a leather surface you will find that it can cause it to cling to the surface and cause it to dry out more easily.
After your soap has been created, simply allow it to dry naturally and then apply some moisturizer for the final step. You can either use a soft cloth or a small sponge to apply the moisturizer so that you are not rubbing your face dry. You will find that the finished product will last longer than traditional soaps as the moisturizer will seal in the glycerin.