Salt? In Soap?

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!

Notice how creamy it is at first lather.

And here’s what happens after working with it a bit! Lots of bubbles. Quite yummy! And smells incredible! Relaxing and invigorating at the same time… Is that possible?

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.