This salt is collected using centuries-old methods passed down through families in the highlands of Guatemala. This salt is still considered sacred by the modern Maya.
Salt gives soap bars four very distinct characteristics: a foamy lather with very small bubbles, a very hard bar, soap that doesn’t dry out your skin, and a gentle exfoliant. adding the salt to the water used for the lye solution will produce what the English call a brine soap and the Germans call Soleseife.
This black salt is preferred by the modern Maya around Sacapulas for its taste and medicinal properties, believed to be useful in treating eye and stomach ailments. By cooking the black salt longer, the mineral aphthitalite becomes a part of the mineral content, which does not occur in the white salt.
We work directly with the people who extract and process the salt and pay above market prices to help support this dying tradition.