Yes, this week’s challenge was to put salt in soap! I’ve only just recently heard of a salt soap, so I watched a video of someone making it about a month ago. Looked pretty crazy to me! Honestly, I thought to myself that I wouldn’t be trying that any time soon. And then Amy decided to add it to the challenges! So what’s a girl to do? Accept the challenge of course! After reading the commentary that salt soap can be extremely moisturizing, I was intrigued as well. And it turns out that comment was absolutely correct! I think I may have found a new love! Salt soap is awesome!!!
This soap contains 80% coconut oil, 10% avocado oil, 5% shea butter, and 5% castor oil with 18% superfat and 75% fine sea salt. I used 100% champagne as the liquid! I had a cheap bottle sitting in my fridge from Christmas that just didn’t taste good anyway, so I made soap with it rather than throwing it out! (I also made another batch of Champagne & Strawberries with real champagne instead of beer this time!) After heating and combining the oils, I added eucalyptus, peppermint and spearmint essential oils, then added the champagne/lye solution, and finally added a bit of blue oxide. The color of the raw soap was an incredible turquoise! I guess in the picture it does still look blue! I wish it would have stayed that aqua color, but alas… It did turn a nice shade a blue in the end.
After molding the soap, I placed it in the oven at 170 degrees for 2 hours, then I let it stay there for another 3 hours. I cut it right after I removed it from the oven, still warm and truly invigorating with all the minty action floating around my kitchen. The bottom of each bar did crumble quite a bit! Might have something to do with the mitre box that I use to cut, too! But I was able to make them more presentable by beveling the edges a few days later.
The bars are very hard, and they lather like a dream! It’s creamy, then fluffy, and stable! Darling hubby compared the lather to shaving cream. The scent of this soap reminds me of a mint mojito (though I’ve never actually had one to drink) and a margarita (because of the salt I guess). I expected the salt to be exfoliating, but I don’t feel it at all when I use these bars. And they become even harder and more glossy in water!
So. much. fun! I love the result, and I will definitely be making more salt soap. Once again, I’m so thankful for Amy’s challenges! They’ve pushed me to learn to make so many different types of soap in such a short time. Check out the other challenge salt soaps here.