Recently, salt bars have experienced a spike in popularity. It's no wonder, given the nourishing and exfoliating properties of salt. In this recipe, we use Pink Himalayan Salt which is well known for its purity and beauty.
This is a 5 pound recipe. I used one of our Birchwood Molds but you can use any mold you have on hand.
Be sure that you're wearing your safety goggles, gloves and long sleeves. If you are new to Cold Process soap, watch the Lye Safety video on Soap Queen TV along with the additional 3 free CP 101 videos there.
ONE: Carefully prepare your lye water by adding the lye to the water (never the other way around). Stir until the mixture turns water clear. Be sure that you're wearing your safety goggles, gloves and long sleeves.
TWO: Combine and melt the coconut oil, palm oil and olive oil. Once the oils are heated, stir in the shea butter until fully melted.
Tip: If shea butter gets too hot it has a tendency to become grainy. Stirring the butter into the heated oils melts it at a lower temperature, avoiding the grainy texture all together.
THREE: Slowly and carefully add the lye mixture to the oils and stick blend for 10-15 seconds.
FOUR: Add 1 tablespoon of Super Pearly White Mica and mix for 20-30 seconds until the mica is incorporated into the soap.
FIVE: Separate (roughly) 2 cups of the super pearly soap batter into two separate containers. Add 1 Tablespoon of diluted Fuschia LabColor. Give it a couple pulses with the stick blender to mix.
SIX: To the rest of the soap batter add 1 ounce of Lemongrass Essential Oil and 1.5 ounces of Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Quickly stick blend to mix together.
SEVEN: Once the mixture has reached super light trace, add 5 cups of pink salt and hand stir in with a spatula. Work quickl. This mixture thickens up fast.
EIGHT: Now it's time for the fun part, creating our salty swirl. Pour a small layer of salted soap into the mold, followed by thin stripes of the pink soap and thin stripes of the white soap. Use a skewer or spoon to create a linear swirl.
NINE: Firmly press down the dividers. Pop on the lid and wrap it in a towel to insulate the soap and put it to bed. I was able to unmold my soap the very next morning and it turned out beautiful!
Note: Because of the salt, the dividers may not reach the very bottom of the mold. Just get them down as far as you can.