I wanted to share this wonderful Dead Sea Mud & Argan Oil Facial Bar soap recipe with you. It is currently one of my favorites! It uses decadent base oils, essential oils and additives. This is a soap that I make when I want to pamper myself.

Before we get started, I’ve got a free gift for you! I’ve put together a mini eBook on Argan Oil and included a few soap making recipes. There are recipes for Argan Oil & Avocado Facial Soap, Argan Oil Shave Soap for Men and Argan Oil & Mint Salt Bars. Enjoy!

dead sea mud and argan oil soap

Argan Oil

Argan oil is the oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.). Workers (usually women’s co-ops) still process the kernels by hand to this day. Argan kernels are ground and pressed to obtain the oil. Argan oil contains tocopherols (vitamin E), phenols, carotenes and squalene. Depending on how it produced, it is thought to have a longer shelf-life than olive oil.

Dead Sea Mud

New Directions Aromatics says that, “Mud from the Dead Sea has a high content of salts and minerals that are claimed to be essential for the body, and it is widely used in Pelotherapy. Dead Sea Mud may thus remove toxins and impurities from the skin, tighten and tone the complexion, and improve blood circulation, which may in turn aid in cell regeneration.

I got my dead sea mud from New Directions Aromatics.

dead sea mud

Dead Sea Mud & Argan Oil Facial Bar

This recipes makes 900 grams of soap and fits into a 10″ loaf mold from Bramble Berry.

  • Coconut Oil – 270 grams (30%)
  • Mango Butter – 72 grams (8%)
  • Olive Oil – 342 grams (38%)
  • Avocado Oil – 162 grams (18%)
  • Argan Oil – 54 grams (6%)
  • Sodium Hydroxide – 126 grams
  • Distilled Water – 252 grams
  • Ylang Ylang – 15 grams
  • Bergamot Essential Oil – 10 grams
  • Lavender Essential Oil – 30 grams
  • Chamomile Essential Oil – 5 grams
  • Dead Sea Mud – 2 tablespoons (you can add more or less)

This soap is pretty easy to make! You can make a more creative soap by splitting in two and adding charcoal to one container and swirling into your mold.

New to soap making? Visit our basic tutorial here.

Step 1 – Wearing safety gear, weigh out the lye and water into two separate containers.

Step 2 – Pour the lye into the water while stirring. Place in a safe place and let cool while you prepare the oils.

Step 3 – Weigh out the hard oils/butters and melt.

Step 4 – Weigh the liquid oils into the melted oils/butters. This helps cool the oils down.

Step 5 – Add essential oils and dead sea mud to the melted oils. Stick-blend to get rid of clumps if any occur.

Step 6 – Once both the lye solution and oils have cooled to under 100° F, add the lye solution to the oils and mix to trace. Be sure to wear goggles and gloves!


Step 7 – Pour the soap into your mold.

Step 8 – Unmold, cut and cure your soap for at least 4 weeks.

Since this is a facial bar, I like to lather up, put the lather on my face like a mask and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then rinse off and pat dry.

dead sea mud argan oil soap

Happy Soaping!

-Amanda Gail

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