Hey guys! Today’s post was inspired by one of the most inspiring things you can do- walk through Menards with your husband. Haha
But really, we were doing our monthly stroll through Menards for the usual; lightbulbs, batteries, and random tools when I saw a huge bag of Pink Salt on sale. The first thing that came to mind was “I should make salt bars!” Because, why not?
Had I ever made a salt bar? No. Had I ever used a salt bar? Also no. But I know it’s something people make! That’s good enough for me. There’s something so contradictory about using salt in a product that’s supposed to moisturize…. so I needed to read up a bit before attempting.
My decision to make a salt bar was based on Himalayan Pink Salt being on sale, but it is a popular choice on its own merit! The salt creates a creamy lather, like lotion. It is a gentle exfoliant and people often use a salt bar before and after shaving. Pink salt in itself is nourishing to the skin and moisturizing. Not to mention it’s just so pretty in a cold process bar!
The salt does make the bar very hard and have a creamy lather as opposed to a bubbly one. Coconut oil is the oil of choice for most people. I love using coconut oil in my cold process soaps, but it is very cleansing. It can be a little harsh on skin at 100%. I decided to try castor oil (the coneflower infused oil I made in this post ) as a percent of the oil content. The ratio I used was 85% coconut oil and 14.6% castor oil. I wanted a 10% super fat (lye discount) so the bar wouldn’t be as harsh. I plug all my recipes into soap calc before making. This is so important to make sure to get the amounts correct. http://www.soapcalc.net/calc/SoapCalcWP.asp
Now, because I’m frugal ( Cheap? Hippie-ish? Super weird?) I like to reuse containers I already have to make my soap. I do have one silicone mold, but other than that I use household items to make my bars. Typically I use cream containers because they make nice square bars. For these I thought it would be fun to make mini soaps. I don’t own a mini mold so I had to get creative. If you’re interested in how my soaps look when using cream containers check them out here: https://www.chaosandconeflowers.com/goats-milk-shampoo-bars/
A few weeks ago my husband came home with a surprise box of chocolates. He says for me, but honestly he ate most of them. 😉 I really try and limit the single use plastic we bring into our home, but sometimes life (and a husband) makes that hard to do. When we had finished our chocolate I debated on what to do with the plastic that held the candies. It wasn’t listed as recyclable. Then the idea hit! How are these little plastic trays different from a little cavity mold? I’m so happy I decided to give it a try!
My soap bars usually use goats milk instead of water. Unfortunately while I didn’t have any to use right now, I did have coconut milk in the fridge. It’s not something I’ve used in soap making before, but hey! Why not? So for this recipe I used coconut milk, coconut oil, castor oil, lavender essential oil, the pink salt and of course lye. The lavender oil is such a calming scent to me. It’s the perfect addition to these spa- like bars.
For the amount of salt to use I’ve read various amounts. Typically people use 50%-100% of the weight of oils. So for example, the bars I made had an oil weight of 16.4oz. I decided to try the 100% of the weight. 16.4oz of salt is a LOT of salt to measure out. But the results were beautiful!
I’d love to hear your results from trying this recipe out!