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Differences between Atlantic, Himalayan, Kalahari and Celtic Salt

Differences between Atlantic, Himalayan, Kalahari and Celtic Salt

Celtic salt and different salt types.

For those who frequent organic food shops, the decision between Celtic Salt, Atlantic Sea Salt, Himalayan Salt, Kalahari Salt and Table Salt extends beyond mere seasoning. This choice reflects a commitment to holistic well-being and ethical consumption.

We at Organic Choice aim to provide insights that enable informed choices, aligning your culinary desires with your journey in organic living.


Celtic Sea Salt: What is everyone saying?

Thanks to Barbara O’Neill, there has been a considerable spike in the Celtic Sea Salt trend on platforms such as TikTok. O’Neill gained a lot of support for her input on the significance of Celtic Salt Water.

Her emphasis is on the following:

  • Water and salt are crucial for health.
  • Hydration is essential to keep the body healthy and energised, and proper sodium intake is necessary for glucose absorption.
  • Dehydration can cause high blood pressure and decreased nutrient absorption. Water therapy and Celtic salt can help hydrate the body and improve health.
  • Sea water has a similar mineral balance to blood and can improve circulation and waste elimination.
  • Celtic salt, with 82 minerals, is closer to the natural composition of seawater.
  • Drinking three litres of water a day can relieve pain and improve health.

The trend sees users place Celtic Sea Salt under/on their tongues and drink a glass of water. O’Neill says that putting salt directly on the tongue improves absorption and hydration due to its magnesium content.


Unpacking the Differences Between Salt Types

Rock Salt and Sea Salt are two types of salt that differ in their origin, texture, and mineral content. 

Both types of salt have unique uses and properties, and it’s essential to understand the differences between them to choose the right type of salt for your needs.

Rock Salt

Rock Salt is mined from underground salt deposits found in regions such as the UK, Poland, and the United States is primarily composed of sodium chloride with fewer trace minerals. This type of salt typically originates from ancient dried-up sea beds and is harvested from large salt mines.

Renowned for its milder, saltier taste, rock salt often has a coarser, less refined texture. In addition, it finds its use in de-icing roads and preserving food and spa treatments for its therapeutic properties and water-softening systems.

Sea Salt

In contrast, Sea Salt is harvested from evaporated seawater in coastal regions, including the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coasts. It is known for its more complex flavour profile, infused with subtle mineral notes. The mineral richness, including sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, stems from its marine source.

Sea salt’s textures range from fine to coarse, making it a versatile choice in culinary applications, where it is celebrated for enhancing the flavour and texture of dishes and is a preferred ingredient for gourmet cooking.

Mineral Differences

Different salts like Celtic Sea Salt, Atlantic Sea Salt, Himalayan Salt, Kalahari Salt, and Table Salt boast varied mineral compositions.

To illustrate these differences, we’ve included a chart below. This table provides a visual overview of each type’s mineral content, making it easier to comprehend and compare:

Mineral Celtic Salt Atlantic Sea Salt Himalayan Salt Kalahari Salt Table Salt
mg/100g mg/100g mg/100g mg/100g mg/100g
Sodium (Na) 37,200 mg 40,600 mg 39,400 mg Varies by region 39,300 mg
Chloride (Cl) 53,000 mg Varies by region 59,300 mg Varies by region 60,300 mg
Magnesium (Mg) 698,00 mg Varies by region 105 mg Varies by region Trace
Calcium (Ca) 223 mg 190 mg 241 mg Varies by region 120 mg
Potassium (K) 231 mg 56.60 mg 268 mg Varies by region Trace
Sulfur (S) 600 mg Varies by region 590 mg Varies by region Trace
Phosphorus (P) 270 mg Varies by region 560 mg Varies by region Trace
Iodine (I) Varies (trace) Varies (trace) Varies (trace) Varies by region Typically added (trace)
Iron (Fe) <5 mg Varies (trace) <5 mg Varies by region Trace
Zinc (Zn) <1 mg Varies (trace) <1 mg Varies by region Trace
Copper (Cu) <2 mg <2 mg <2 mg Varies by region Trace
Manganese (Mn) Trace Varies (trace) 0.1 mg Varies by region Trace

Please note that for Kalahari Salt, as with Atlantic Sea Salt, the mineral composition can vary based on the specific region where it is harvested. The values provided for Kalahari Salt are approximate averages and can differ depending on the source. The mineral content in table salt may also vary based on the brand and whether it is iodised or not.


Celtic Salt

Salt Type: Sea

Origins and Geography: Also known as Sel Gris or grey salt, Celtic sea salt is traditionally harvested in the coastal regions of Brittany, France, particularly from the Guérande salt marshes. These marshes are situated along the Atlantic Ocean, where the sea’s influence is crucial in the salt’s formation.

Mineral Composition and Health Benefits: Celtic sea salt is rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, iodine, and zinc, and its grey colour comes from minerals absorbed from the clay lining of salt ponds. These minerals provide essential nutrients often lacking in modern diets and support overall health.

Harvesting and Processing:

  1. Seawater is channelled into shallow clay ponds and allowed to evaporate naturally under the sun and wind.
  2. Celtic sea salt is hand-raked and hand-harvested by skilled workers.
  3. It retains moisture from the ponds’ clay lining, contributing to its distinctive grey colour and mineral-rich composition.
  4. This traditional approach results in a coarse, moist salt with a unique flavour profile due to its mineral content and the clay it comes into contact with during harvesting.

Culinary and Flavour Profiles:

  • Celtic sea salt has a mild, briny flavour with subtle mineral notes due to its rich mineral content. It enhances the natural flavours of ingredients without overpowering them.
  • It is ideal for adding a finishing touch to dishes, as its coarse texture provides a delightful crunch. Use it to top off fresh salads, grilled meats, and roasted vegetables.

The end product: Celtic Sea Salt


Atlantic Salt 

Salt Type: Sea

Origins and Geography: Atlantic Sea Salt is harvested from various coastal regions worldwide, including the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and other seas adjacent to different continents. Its characteristics can vary depending on the specific coastal region where it’s collected.

Mineral Composition and Health Benefits: The mineral content in Atlantic Salt varies by region and typically includes sodium, chloride, magnesium, and trace elements in seawater. While less diverse than other salts, it’s still a healthier option than processed table salt.

Harvesting and Processing

  1. Seawater is collected in salt pans, and the sun and wind facilitate the natural evaporation.
  2. It is typically processed through mechanical evaporation or minimal heat treatment to remove excess water.
  3. Some variations may undergo minimal refinement, while others are processed to a fine-grain size.
  4. The characteristics of Atlantic Sea Salt can vary widely depending on the specific coastal region of origin.

Culinary and Flavour Profiles:

  • The flavour of Atlantic Sea Salt varies, but it generally offers a clean, oceanic taste with a hint of brininess. It can range from subtle to more pronounced in flavour. Atlantic Sea Salt is available in various grain sizes, from fine to coarse.
  • The choice of texture can influence its applications. Make use of fine Atlantic Salt for baking and general seasoning and coarse Atlantic Salt for grilling, seasoning meat before cooking, and rimming cocktail glasses.

The end product: Atlantic Sea Salt


Himalayan Salt

Salt Type: Rock

Origins and Geography: Often called Pink Salt, Himalayan Salt is extracted from the Khewra Salt Mine in the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the Himalayan mountain range. The salt formed in this region millions of years ago when ancient oceans dried up.

Mineral Composition and Health Benefits: Himalayan salt is pink due to iron oxide and contains sodium, chloride, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and trace minerals like iron, zinc, and manganese. It’s praised for its trace minerals that can improve overall health and hydration, prevent muscle cramps, and balance pH levels in the body.

Harvesting and Processing:

  1. Himalayan Salt is mined from underground salt deposits and is extracted using traditional mining techniques.
  2. After extraction, Himalayan Salt is hand-crushed, washed, and sometimes stone-ground to produce different grain sizes, from fine to coarse.
  3. It is not subjected to extensive processing or chemical treatments.
  4. The pink colour and rich mineral content of Himalayan Salt come from the ancient seabed where it formed millions of years ago. It is considered one of the purest forms of salt and is often used in culinary and decorative applications.

Culinary and Flavour Profiles:

  • Himalayan Salt imparts a mild, subtle saltiness with a hint of mineral complexity. It is less salty than table salt, allowing the ingredients’ natural flavours to shine. It is available in various grain sizes, from fine to coarse, as the texture can vary. Its granulated form is excellent for enhancing the presentation of dishes.
  • It is versatile and can be used for cooking, grilling, and seasoning. Try it as a cooking surface for grilling or as a serving platter for dishes like sushi or sashimi.

The end product: Himalayan Salt


Kalahari Salt

Salt Type: Rock

Origins and Geography: Kalahari Salt is sourced from the arid and ancient Kalahari Desert in southern Africa, a region known for its unique and pristine salt pans. This remote desert landscape, with its mineral-rich soil and pristine conditions, contributes to the distinct qualities of Kalahari Salt.

Mineral Composition and Health Benefits: Renowned for its exceptional mineral richness, Kalahari Salt contains essential minerals like sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Unlike heavily processed table salt, Kalahari Salt retains these vital nutrients, making it a healthier choice for culinary use.

Harvesting and Processing

  1. Kalahari Salt is harvested through a traditional and sustainable method known as solar evaporation.
  2. Seawater from underground aquifers slowly rises to the surface and naturally evaporates by the sun and wind.
  3. This process ensures minimal environmental impact and helps preserve the unique mineral composition of Kalahari Salt.

Culinary and Flavour Profiles:

  • Kalahari Salt boasts a distinct and well-rounded flavour profile, often described as subtly earthy and slightly sweet, with a delicate hint of mineral complexity.
  • Its fine texture makes it versatile for various culinary applications, including seasoning, baking, and finishing dishes.

The end product: Kalahari Salt


Table Salt

Salt Type: Sea or Rock

Origins and Geography: Table Salt is typically derived from salt mines or obtained through the evaporation of seawater in various parts of the world. It lacks the natural minerals found in the other salts and may not retain the same regional characteristics.

Mineral Composition and Health Benefits: Refined to remove impurities, Table Salt primarily contains sodium, chloride, and iodine. However, it lacks the diverse range of minerals found in other salts. Consuming excessive sodium can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure.

Harvesting and Processing:

  1. Most table salt is derived from mining salt deposits through drilling and blasting.
  2. Table Salt is heavily processed to remove impurities and minerals. It undergoes chemical treatments to bleach and prevent caking.
  3. In some cases, to avoid iodine deficiency, they add iodine.
  4. The extensive processing of table salt results in refined, uniform grains. It is primarily composed of sodium chloride, often with added iodine.

Culinary and Flavour Profiles

  • Table Salt has a clean, sharp saltiness but lacks the complexity and subtlety of other salts due to its extensive processing and the removal of minerals. Due to this, it is finely ground and pours easily, which makes it often preferred for its uniform texture.
  • It is often used for everyday seasoning during cooking, baking, and in recipes where precise measurements are essential. It dissolves quickly and is suitable for brining, pickling, and seasoning sauces, soups, and stews.

The end product: Table Salt


Health Considerations

Consuming salt moderately is crucial for good health, whereas excessive salt intake, irrespective of its type, can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health issues. While each type of salt provides a unique mineral profile, focusing on a balanced diet rich in whole foods to meet your mineral needs is more important than relying solely on salt.


Your Organic Choice

By providing this information, we hope to empower our customers to decide what suits their needs and preferences best. This approach ensures that you can make an informed decision and select a salt type that will not only enhance the flavour of your food but also cater to your dietary and health requirements.

To explore our diverse product range, browse our website or come and visit us in-store. We are happy to be a part of your organic journey.

DIY Coffee Body Scrub

DIY Coffee Body Scrub

If you love coffee and don’t know what to do with the grounds left behind in your filter, we have the perfect solution for you. It turns out that coffee is for more than just an energy boost, it makes for a wonderful body scrub as well!

Coffee grounds have a myriad of benefits for the skin when used in a scrub, for example, it may help to reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and the antioxidants which are present in coffee can help rejuvenate your skin to give it a youthful glow. Give it a try, you will love the soft, smooth feeling your skin has afterward.



Place all ingredients into a glass jar and mix them together thoroughly with a spoon.

Keep it refrigerated to make it last longer.

How to use it:

Apply it to damp skin and scrub in circular motions, then rinse.

Why add essential oil?

Grapefruit essential oil has been found to have wonderful properties which help to stimulate the lymphatic system, which is why it is used in many cellulite creams. It has amazing antibacterial and anti-aging properties that when used on the skin it can help diminish greasiness and acne. It could also boost the skins immunity against air pollutants.

Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils as it has been used for over 2500 years for a variety of reasons ranging from health benefits to perfumes. It has great antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that may help to reduce acne as well as other skin conditions such as eczema.

It is important to remember that you should always mix an essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil when you want to apply it topically.

Please note: This product will only last for about two weeks as it contains no preservatives or stabilisers. This Coffee and Sugar scrub is not recommended for use on the face.

Healthy Halloween

Healthy Halloween

Let’s make Halloween scarily healthy – great ideas for decor and snacks!

Halloween and healthy don’t usually go to together very well. Halloween is one of those holidays that is a bit scary –scary because of the amount of sugary treats your kids load up on. This isn’t good for them or much fun for you!

While it’s difficult to make sure your kids eat healthily on Halloween, it’s not impossible – there are loads of fun ideas that are better-for-you. Try these cute, spooky and downright tasty treats to get kids excited about eating healthy on Halloween.

1. Naartjie jack-o-lanterns

Decorate naartjies or orange with a black marker – you can make a pile of juicy and delicious “pumpkin” decorations with your kids. This is a great activity to do together on Halloween (keeps excited kids busy). They double up as decorations and snacks.

2. Chocolates – Nanuki offers a range of cool and delicious chocolaty treats that are loaded with superfoods and other good stuff. You can also hand out these chocolate probiotic drops – and help prepare those tummies for all the snacks to come!

3. Go nuts and choose from our range of nuts, seeds and other yummy stuff – use as pick ’n mix or scoop in packets for healthy treats…

4. Make some spookily good nachos with these corn chips – you can make a healthy tomato (blood) dip and a gruesome avocado (slime) dip to go with them.

5. Don’t forget to put out some healthy chips – these can be put in bowls with labels to make them extra spooky – call these delicious treats ‘fingers’ or ‘worms’ for a bit of fun.

Holiday gift ideas that won’t break the bank

Holiday gift ideas that won’t break the bank

The festive season has arrived, bringing that warm feeling we get when we think about gifts and family meals and decorations… That warm feeling that sometimes breaks into a sweat as we remember that we need to buy the above festive treats and come up with something to make for dessert and get all the presents wrapped in time; let’s just say, holiday season is a little more stressful now than it used to be when all we had to worry about was whether Santa might have us on the naughty list.

So to make it a little easier and bring the festivities back, we’ve selected some of our favourite gift and treat ideas that won’t break the bank!

Festive Homemade Chocolate Bonbons

This recipe is a long-time favourite of ours, as it is sugar-free, incredibly quick and simple and suitable for vegans. These delicious healthy bonbons make an excellent gift wrapped up in a sweet box or as a sweet treat to add to your festive meals. The ingredients are easy to find and come together to make a luxurious little taste bomb! All you’ll need are:

100g raw pecan nuts
100g raw macadamia nuts
3 tsp. raw cacao powder (we recommend Superfoods Raw Organic)
4-5 tsp. organic coconut oil (we recommend Crede Natural Oils)
500g fresh dates
Vanilla to taste
Organic desiccated coconut

All you need to do is blend and mix all the ingredients together, roll into bite sized portions and cover in coconut!

Handcrafted Organic Soaps

There is a huge variety of beautifully scented, handcrafted organic soaps; you really can find something to match any personality! These make a wonderful fragrant gift, especially as mix and match gift sets or special stocking fillers. Most importantly, they provide a luxurious touch without hurting your wallet.

A few of our favourites include the Sea Salt bar from Nourish, which is made with about 80% sea salt. This gentle exfoliating bar also effectively detoxifies skin as the sea salt absorbs harmful toxins, leaving the skin feeling clean, healthy and pure.

Also from Nourish, the delicate Afrodesia bar which is a best-seller due to its unique exotic fragrance with a combination of ylang ylang, jasmine and neroli. The bar is packed with organic coconut oil; a phenomenal organic moisturiser and overall anti-ageing treatment for skin. This bar will leave the lucky ‘giftee’ feeling pampered and healed.

For men who enjoy being pampered from time to time, Men’s Soap’ from African Bliss is a must! The soap has a delicious warm, spicy scent and contains untreated beeswax, making for a nice solid bar of soap, with a very creamy lather. Despite the name, many women enjoy this treat just as much as the guys!

Make sure to check out all the luxurious soap bars, where you’ll find handcrafted bars for everyone and anyone!

Ultimate Raw Chocolate Box

The Ultimate Raw Chocolate Box by Soaring Free Superfoods is so much more than just a box of chocolates! Each raw chocolate is sweetened with coconut sugar, and is free of dairy, refined sugars, preservatives and artificial flavours. This is chocolate that is actually guilt free and good for you. This is an especially great gift idea for any vegans in your life, as they don’t often come across many chocolate treats! You’ll also be gifting all the health benefits of raw chocolate.

The chocolates are made from organic cacao, which is packed with anti-oxidants to fight aging and tissue damaging free radicals in your body. Organic cacao also contains magnesium which has many benefits, including increasing energy, calming nerves and anxiety, relieving muscle aches and spasms and preventing migraine headaches. If all that isn’t enough, cacao also contains theobromine, which strengthens and improves heart function, as well as tryptophan, which literally enhances your mood!

Get on the Clean Beauty Trend for 2018

Get on the Clean Beauty Trend for 2018

The holiday season is fast approaching and the countdown to the end of 2017 has begun. With that in mind, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to change and improve in 2018; what can you do to ensure a happier, healthier lifestyle? Well, why not jump on an already rapidly growing trend: clean beauty. Clean beauty has been on the rise throughout 2017, with many of us becoming fed up with being told that we need to expose ourselves to toxic chemicals on a daily basis to feel beautiful.

What does ‘clean beauty’ mean?

You’ve probably seen the phrase in women’s magazines, Facebook articles and even in stores. Clean beauty simply refers to non-toxic beauty products which are safe, organic and earth-friendly. Many beauty brands marketed as natural or organic are often neither of these things. Instead, cosmetics companies are capitalising on the rising trend by adding misleading buzzwords to their labels and billboards.

Chemical-filled beauty brands can boast ‘all natural’ ingredients and claim to be organic for the same reason as we explored previously in our entry on feminine hygiene products; the products are not effectively regulated. Right now, companies are allowed to put nearly any chemical into personal care products, including known carcinogens. This is a frightening thought, as we have discovered that even low doses of certain chemicals can contribute to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other health problems. The average woman uses more than 10 personal care products every day, containing more than 100 chemicals that we ingest, inhale and absorb through our skin.

Until fairly recently, we didn’t pay very much attention to the ingredients in our skincare and make-up products. If it left our skin feeling softer and our cheeks looking perfectly rosy, we slathered it on daily. Recently, we’ve become more conscious of the fact that putting chemicals on our skin means that those chemicals end up inside our bodies. Your make-up and skincare products probably contain a variety of harmful and damaging properties, including:


We’ve known that lead is dangerous to our health since the 1970s.Lead poisoning affects the brain and can cause abdominal pain, headaches, irritability, memory problems, fertility problems and in extreme cases, death. Lead poisoning is also thought to be responsible for almost 10% of intellectual disabilities of otherwise unknown causes.  For these reasons, lead is strictly monitored in paint, furniture and household products. So why is it showing up in our foundation, lipsticks and even whitening toothpaste?

Recently, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found Lead in over half of the 33 brands of lipstick they tested. A more recent study by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested popular brands and found 400 that contained potentially harmful amounts of Lead.

How does such a toxic chemical end up in our cosmetics? Lead isn’t actually an added ingredient. It occurs through contamination, the most common source of this contamination being colour additives.

Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

Formaldehyde is caused by the breakdown of certain chemicals and is toxic and volatile. It has a variety of industrial uses, but most of us come across it during Biology classes in our younger years; it’s the murky embalming fluid in the glass boxes which contain dead frogs, mice and other unfortunate creatures given to science.

So what is this repugnant chemical doing in our mascara, pressed powders and eyeliners? It acts as a preservative and a conditioning agent, functions which could be achieved through much safer means. In addition to potentially causing cancer, this ingredient can cause skin sensitivities and irritation.


Phthalates are a group of chemicals that have been shown to be disruptive to the endocrine system, which is responsible for hormone production. Such interference can lead to developmental, reproductive and neurological damage. Exposure to phthalates is thought to be responsible for abnormal reproductive function and decreased production of testosterone in males, as well as decreased male fertility. Studies have also shown a link between phthalates and premature delivery and endometriosis in women.

So, why are these chemicals added to your beauty products? Phthalates are used to make products hold their colour and scent better. Deodorant, lip balms and nail polish – any chemical beauty product with a ‘fragrance’, which is usually what the chemicals are listed as in the ingredients of beauty products.

What are the alternatives?

For many of us, make-up gives us confidence and the chance to enhance our natural features to our liking. Whether we wear it every day or just for special occasions, we shouldn’t have to give up our smoky eye and plumped lips because of irresponsible cosmetics companies. As the best alternative to the toxic make-up we are accustomed to, we recommend the all-natural, human and earth-friendly make-up ranges such as LOGONA and BENECOS.

Their products are free from toxic and dangerous additives and chemicals. They use only the highest quality, natural raw materials, such as premium vegetable oils and waxes, herbal extracts, earth minerals and essential oils derived from organic agriculture. They use the natural, amazing abilities of plants in various forms; oil, extract and fragrance, in their products.

All the plants used to create their products come from controlled organic farming and wild collection. Together, they form high-quality active ingredient complexes, which pamper skin, hair and body. Over 60 different plant extracts are used in Logona products, including chamomile from Egypt, rosemary from France, linden blossom from Croatia and horsetail from Portugal.

From their soft as silk Natural Finish make-up, a stunning anti-aging foundation, moisturising Double Lip Pencils, their long-lasting eye shadowsVegan Mascaras and foundation-fixing loose powder,  to name a few, companies like Logona and Benecos are at the absolute forefront of the clean beauty trend.

So make sure you start treating yourself better in the coming year; feel beautiful without the risks of chemically produced cosmetics. The clean beauty trend shows no signs of slowing, with more and more of us not willing to compromise our health for our products, be a part of the beauty revolution.