Making & Cutting our Spa Bar – Cold Process Soap – Recipe & Video

Our Salty Dog Spa Bar is named after the famous “Salty Dog” cocktail and is our most popular soap, by far.  People really love the luxurious lather, the exfoliating salt, and the refreshing scent of grapefruit. In case you don’t know, Salty Dog cocktails are made with a lot of salt and grapefruit juice. While doing inventory, I discovered that we needed a few more guest bars and samples.  I thought this would be a good time to make a video and share my recipe.   So I made one and just finished publishing it to my YouTube channel. I’ve included the recipe and a link to my video in this post.  :)

Salty Dog Spa Bar

Salty Dog Spa Bar – The name for this soap came from my Grandmother’s favorite cocktail

Our Salty Dog Spa Bar started out like most of my soaps….an idea in the middle of the night followed by lots of experimenting with recipes.  I knew I wanted to make a salt bar, but I didn’t want to deal with some of the hassles that come with making a 100% salt bar.  I also wanted to make a Grapefruit essential oil soap where the scent stayed with the soap longer than a few weeks.  So I decided to combine these ideas and experiment with different recipes.

In my experimental recipes, I used higher and lower amounts of varying types of salt but finally decided on 10% fine all natural Sea Salt.  To make sure the soap still lathered (salt puts a big damper on lather), I upped the coconut oil to 50%.  Then, to combat the dryness of using a high percentage of coconut oil, I chose to superfat my soap at 15%. Superfatting basically means leaving extra oils in the final product.  Finally, I decided to add organic coconut milk (milk in oil method) and some clays to the recipe.  I love using coconut milk and different clays in my soap recipes.

The essential oil blend I finally decided on seemed to have the longest lasting grapefruit scent.  But not only did the blend I chose help the grapefruit scent last, the combination of milk, clays, and salt in this particular recipe seemed to help, as well.  I’m finding the grapefruit scent is lasting longer in this soap than in any other grapefruit essential oil recipe I’ve tried in the past.

Salty Dog Spa Bar Lather

Salty Dog Spa Bar Lather

The resulting soap has turned out to be our most popular soap, by far.  It leaves the skin feeling amazing after a shower.  So clean, yet not dry at all.  The scent is so refreshing, and the lather is just fantastic, a wonderful combination of bubbly and creamy.  My friends who have tested it for me, both men and women, have all been thrilled with it and want me to keep it in stock year round.  The only complaint I’ve had is “where’s the Kápia Méra stamp on this soap???” Well, I tried to stamp these bars, but failed miserably.  Even though the bars only have 10% salt in them, they get hard…fast.  And if I try to stamp them after they come out of the mold, they just crumble all around the stamp impression.  But I did try. :)

Here’s my general recipe in percentages…

Salty Dog Spa Bar Recipe
Coconut Oil – 50%
Olive Oil – 20%
Sunflower Oil (high oleic) – 5%
Sustainable Palm Oil – 10%
Avocado Oil – 5%
Apricot Kernel Oil – 5%
Castor Oil – 5%

Kaolin Clay – 2 tsp per 500g of base oils
Rose Clay – 1/2 tsp per cup of soap
Sea Salt – 10% of base oil weight
Essential Oils – 50 g/kg (5% or 0.7 oz per pound of oils)

Water – same amount as Lye plus 14 grams
Coconut Milk – same amount as Lye

Superfat – 15%

Lye – use a soap calculator to determine the amount of lye for your specific recipe. Some great online soap calculators are located at:,, &

Essential Oil Blend:
Pink Grapefruit EO – 80%
Litsea Cubeba – 10%
Patchouli – 10%

I also add 0.08% Rosemary Oleoresin to all of my soap recipes.  I add the Rosemary Oleoresin to my warm oils before adding the lye water.

Here’s the video on how I make the Salty Dog Spa Bar soap. I actually tried narrating the video as I made the soap, but, as with all of my other non-soap making videos, I chose text overlays instead.  I just do not have a voice for video.  :)


Thank you so much for reading my post!



6 thoughts on “Making & Cutting our Spa Bar – Cold Process Soap – Recipe & Video

  1. Hi
    I found this soap recipe because I have a friend who’s business name is ‘salty dog shipping’ It looks wonderful and I can’t wait to give it a go. I have my own blog and I’ll link to your site when its done. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve never made a soap before with 15% superfat so I’ll be interested to see how it turns out.


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    • Sorry, back one more time. You can disregard my question regarding palm oil replacement. I found your answer on a different soap recipe: replace with shea and cocoa butter, about 3:1 ratio shea to cocoa to fulfill 100% of the palm oil amount. Thank you again – for everything!


  3. I just finished watching the video – thank you!!! Really, I love that you use only natural colorants and fragrances, plus I learn so much from everything on your blog and videos about how to make the soap. I really appreciate you sharing so generously!


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