Rebecca’s Best Ever Handmade Big Lick Salt Bar Soap Recipe

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DIY Handmade Cold Process Soap Recipe - Rebecca's Best Ever Homemade Big Lick Salt Bar Soap RecipeMy Big Lick Salt Bar soap was once a regular favorite of my local customers as well as those spread across the USA when I sold soap. It’s formula is the perfect combination of moisture rich soapmaking oils and detoxifying bath salts. The fresh, clean fragrance of my Big Lick Salt Bar is appreciated by both men and women. The scent is a fragrance blend of green clover, ivy and aloe combined with notes of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and persimmon.

Rebecca’s Best Ever Big Lick Salt Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


4.5 oz. cocoa butter
4.5 oz. shea butter
2 lb. 7 oz. palm kernel flakes
1 lb. 2 oz. sustainable palm oil
1 lb. 5 oz. olive oil
1 lb. 5 oz. rice bran oil

36 fluid oz. distilled water
15 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

At trace:

1/2 cup medium bath water crystals
6 oz. Democrat fragrance oil
Matte Cobalt Blue Pigment Powder to suit, optional


This soap fills three of my soapmaking molds and will yield approximately 30-36 bars depending on how they are cut. To make this soap, follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions, stirring in the fragrance oil, pigment and bath water crystals as light trace using your stick (immersion) blender. (You can also stir in the pigment into the oils BEFORE you add the lye-water to ensure it is well blended.) Then pour into lined molds, cover and insulate. After 24 hours you can unmold and cut these into bars. Allow to cure for at least three weeks before use. The final bars will be very hard, solid bars with a creamy, lotion like lather.

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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca D. Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can learn more about Rebecca by checking out her bio. Or discover more great skin care & beauty recipes by subscribing to Soap Deli News blog via email.


  1. Ooo! I love detoxifying salts and moisturizing stuff in the same bar. I’m no soap guru, so I’ll definitely have to try this bar when my current one runs out!

  2. hey rebecca,

    can i use any kind of bath salt…like epsom, solar, dead sea? i am thinking its the same as your described medium bath crystals…let me know what your thoughts are…im getting excited to making my first batch of the big lick salt bar let alone my first time making soap.

    thanks for your help in advance,


    • The bath crystals are a sea salt. So any medium coarse sea salt would yield the same effect. If using a finer grain salt you’d want to use less since a cup of coarse grain salt is obviously not quite the same amount as fine grain salt due to the size and shape of the salt. Good luck!

  3. Hi i love your recipes and i want to try your soap recipe, i notice all the recipes with salt in them are very high in coconut oil and produce a very cleansing bar, higher than i would like. Does the salt change it some how to make it more nourishing. i usually keep the coconut oil at 15% because my skin is so dry.
    Thank you

    • A salt bar (with 50% or higher salt) needs a high amount of coconut oil as that’s the only oil that will lather in the presence of salt. This is countered by a 20% superfat, and often a recipe is 75% coconut, 25% olive/avocado/Shea. I find coconut drying but have made a salt bar using 75% coconut, 25% avocado oil, 20% superfat and 75% salt and I absolutely love it – it’s not drying at all. Hope that helps!

  4. I noticed that you don’t have coconut oil in this receipe? Is there a reason for not doing so?

    • I was initially created recipes without coconut oil as I had customers on the market way back when who were allergic to it. However, coconut oil in higher percentages can also dry out skin as it’s extra cleansing and I didn’t want to couple that with the salt. It’s not necessary to use coconut oil so I didn’t.

  5. Rebecca,

    I am new to the soapmaking world. Do you know if it is possible to mold salt bars? I made my first batch of cold process soap from the Everything Soapmaking book. I know the process is really hot so I didn’t know if it would melt the molds. I would like to do sea shapes for an ocean theme. Thanks for your help and comments. Your recipe looks like one I will try next, thanks for sharing

  6. Hi! I am trying to use all natural ingredients in my soaps and no fragrances. Is there an essential oil combination I could use in place of the Democratic fragrance?

  7. So I wanted to break this down into 1 mold. This is my first time trying to resize a batch and using a calculator. I size 1 mold for 47 oz. I’m not sure if that’s even the right amount for one mold. Is this recipe right?
    1.27oz cocoa butter
    1.27oz shea butter
    11.04 oz palm kernel flakes
    5.09 oz palm oil
    5.95 olive oil
    5.95 rice bran oil
    10.19 oz water
    4.25 oz lye
    1.13 oz bath crystals
    .85 oz essential oil

    This is definitely not a third of the recipe and why I am asking to make sure I did it right.

  8. i just made this soap and it’s in the mold now. 🙂 i wonder about the salt content–other salt bar recipes have enormous amounts of salt, many saying it should be the same amount as the weight of the oil. yours has only a half cup–and indeed when i mixed it up it seemed it was just a tiny amount that fell to the bottom of the pan and didn’t blend throughout very well. did i do something wrong? i don’t imagine it’ll have the nice evenly speckled appearance as yours in the pic above.

    • If you mix the soap to a full trace the salt will be evenly distributed throughout the bar. Despite the lesser amount of salt it’s still a great salt bar just a different take.

  9. thanks–it looks like i was a bit eager and put it into the mold before it was thick enough. but i will try again!

  10. Hi. I just made this soap a few weeks ago and today I noticed yellow staining on the soap. This is the first time this has happened and I’m wondering if you could help me figure out what caused this. I combined the oils and lye at about 120 degrees Fahrenheit and poured the FO at light traced. The FO accelerated trace and the batch almost seized. I used the Democrat FO, which smells great. Also, when I unmolded the soap and sliced it, the loaf was “sweating”. This is the first time I make soap with salt (I used dead sea salt), so I’m not sure if that is the reason for these things and the yellowing. I appreciate any feedback you could give me. I’m going to try to attach a pic here. Hope it works.

  11. I love the sound of this recipe and can’t wait to try it to make it. What’s the superfat % that was used in the Salt Lick bar recipe.