Noto Sea Salt



Sea salt baths deeply cleanse and soften the skin while helping the muscles to relax. Noto sea salt is rich in the minerals it absorbs from its surroundings

Noto Sea Salt

A tradition older than 500 years

The agehamashiki method of salt production began centuries ago in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It’s been designated as one of the Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties by the Japanese government.

The method goes as follows. Seawater is spilt on sand and left to dry in the sun. The water evaporates under the heat, and the salt concentrates into crystals. To then separate the salt from the crystals, the mixture is collected in a wooden box, in which seawater is again added. The existing crystals are diluted in the water, creating a very salty liquid; the sand is removed. The desanded liquid is boiled to create salt crystals again. This ancient technique has been perfected and made more efficient over the centuries, but some producers continue to use the older method for tradition’s sake.

Lush purchases this salt from a partner organisation of the Satoyama Conservation Project, which uses the agehamashiki method.