Around 2011, I had one year of soap-making under my belt and decided is time to experiment. One of the issues I had with my basic recipe was that it was too soft. I wanted a soap bar that was harder, something resembling the ”beauty bars” out there. Looking back, I know now, how silly that was trying to make a natural product look and feet like an inferior, synthetic alternative. Anyway, I’ve read on a forum dedicated to soap makers, that adding salt to a soap recipe will increase the hardness of the finished bar.
Well, this was a big mistake because I did not do any more research, I just run with the idea, hed fist, and sure enough, I hit a wall.
Salt is decreasing the bubbles and cleanliness of the soap, who knew, I sure didn’t…. yet. I fur sure found out in the next 24 hours…. if only I had a time machine. Luckily I did pour it into a single mold because it was also so hard that cutting it was a disaster, the soap was crumbling to pieces. My first attempt was a total disaster, I’ve added so much salt, that the finished result was unusable brick-like the product because, o yea, I’ve added colour as well; talking about wasted resources and naive minds; sadly I had to throw it all away.
There was no saving this, but I’ve learned an important lesson.
As a perfectionist, always looking for answers, I started investigating what went wrong. It did not take long to find the answers; if I wouldn’t have rushed into testing and maybe did some more research I am sure this would never happen. In my research, I also discovered that coconut oil, with his high cleansing factor, is the perfect match for a soap that has high amounts of salt. This is how I decided to start making the Pink Smile Soap. Over the years I’ve learned that oils are also playing a big part in making the finished bar harder. Now our hardest bar of soap contains over 50% coconut oil and 10% salt, a match made in heaven.