Salty Mariner Cold Process

Salty Mariner FinalBoy was this soap fun to make! We knew when we started out that Salty Mariner accelerates trace, but we didn’t realize it can produce ricing. We decided to roll with the punches and we ended up with one of favorite soaps to-date! This salty soap was inspired by the ebb and flow of the Ocean. Salty Mariner is a fresh and relaxing scent, while the simple and clean top with Fine Black Sea Salt adds the perfect touch to our nautical soap!

What You’ll Need:

5.2 oz Lye
12 oz Distilled Water

2 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
12 oz Coconut Oil
8 oz Olive Oil
12 oz Palm Oil
2 oz Rice Bran Oil

1/2 tsp Ultramarine Blue
1/2 tsp Titanium Dioxide
About 2 tbsp any fixed oil to disperse colors
2 oz Salty Mariner

About 2 tsp Sparkle Gold Mica
Fine Black Sea Salt


4 cup glass Pyrex (2)
12 cup glass Pyrex
Stainless steel whisk
Ramekin or Dixie cup (2)
Measuring spoons
Mini Mixer
Silicone Spatula
Small container to measure fragrance
Fork (2)
Easy Pour (2)
Powder Sifter

**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**

If you’ve never made Cold Process soap before, stop here! I highly recommend checking out Bramble Berry’s FREE four part series on Cold Process Soapmaking, especially the episode on lye safety. And if you’d rather do some reading, Bramble Berry carries a wide range of books on the topic, including Anne-Marie’s newest book, Pure Soapmaking. You can also checkout the digital downloads for that instant gratification factor.




In a small ramekin or dixie cup, measure out 1/2 tsp Ultramarine Blue and add about 1 tbs of any fixed oil (we chose Meadowfoam Oil). Then combine using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer.
In a separate small ramekin, disperse 1/2 tsp of Titanium Dioxide using the same method.


Weigh out 2 oz Salty Mariner FO into a small container and set aside.

Mark both of your easy pour containers at just below the 500 mL line.

Begin by organizing your area so that everything is ready to go. Place your ramekin of titanium dioxide by one of the easy pour containers. Have your Sparkle Gold Mica ready to dust, and your Fine Black Sea Salt ready.



Measure the distilled water into one 4 cup glass Pyrex, and the lye into another. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area, and you are wearing long sleeves, gloves, and goggles. Carefully add the lye to the water while gently stirring with a stainless steel whisk until solution is clear. Allow the lye to cool to around 115 degrees by either labeling and setting aside, or by placing into a designated freezer. We recommend using Bramble Berry’s Infrared Thermometer. These are amazing because they are so easy to use and you don’t have to worry about getting your thermometer covered in lye water!

While the lye is cooling, weigh and combine your oils (making sure you are PRECISE!) and then microwave on 45 second bursts until the oils are around 115 degrees.

Once both the lye solution and the oils are around 115 degrees (between 10 degrees of each other) you can begin soaping!

Place the stick blender into the oils at an angle and burp the blender by gently knocking the stick blender on the bottom of the Pyrex. Pour the lye solution down the arm of the stick blender and start mixing until you have reached a thin trace.



Pour the soap batter to the lines on the easy pour containers. There should be some soap remaining after pouring.


Add the dispersed Ultramarine Blue to the remaining soap (the soap NOT in either of the easy pours).


Add the titanium dioxide to one of the easy pours. The second easy pour will not be colored.


Once your color is fully incorporated, add ALL of the fragrance to the blue layer. This fragrance will immediately begin to rice and accelerate your traces. Stir your fragrance in quickly.


Pour the white soap clockwise at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock in order to create an in-the-pot-swirl. Pour any remaining soap into the middle of the blue batter.



Using the handle of a wooden spoon, swirl once through the concoction.


Pour the in-the-pot swirl into the silicone loaf.


Using a regular kitchen spoon, swoop the middle of the soap to create a wavy look in the soap.


Using a powder sifter, sprinkle Sparkle Gold Mica on top of the first layer. We want the layer to be relatively thick so we can see the vein easily. However this can lead to separation of layers. Try to avoid the corners of the soap to help prevent separation.


Now using a silicone spoon to help prevent breakthrough, slowly and carefully add the last layer of soap (the uncolored one) on top of the Sparkle Gold Mica.


Spoon the soap towards the middle to create a peak look. You may need to wait a few minutes until the soap has set enough to be able to achieve this look.


Sprinkle Fine Black Sea Salt on the peak of the soap.


Spray with rubbing alcohol to help prevent soda ash and cover to help promote gel phase. Do not spray with rubbing alcohol after initial spray, as the activated charcoal in the salt can bleed.

Wait at least 48 hours to cut your soap. Lay on its side to cut to help prevent the salt from scratching the soap.

Allow to cure for 4-6 weeks before use. Enjoy!

Salty Final


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