The first time I tried making salt bars, I was just a beginner at soap making. I only used a 10% superfat and the soap made my skin really dry. Ever since then I’ve been kind of iffy about trying salt bars again. And I resolved that if I did try again, I was going to use less coconut oil, even if the lather suffered for it.
So I stalked some Facebook groups for conversations on salt bars and found that not everyone uses 100% coconut oil in their recipes. Yay! So armed with that knowledge, I came up with a new recipe, dropping my coconut oil down to 75%; and I came away with a soap I really enjoy.
75% Coconut Salt Bar Recipe
I had planned to use all white salt when I made this soap, but discovered I only had about 12 ounces of regular sea salt. Oops! But I had this other pink Himalayan salt, and since the pink salt would color the soap, I decided to do a two-tone soap instead of a solid pale pink bar.
- 22 oz coconut oil
- 3 oz shea butter
- 5 oz avocado oil
- 10.5 oz water
- 4.05 oz lye (I get mine from Bulk Apothecary)
- 1.5 oz Neroli & Shea Blossom fragrance from Bramble Berry
- 11 oz fine grain sea salt (I get this at Dollar Tree)
- 11 oz extra fine grain Himalayan sea salt
- 1/3 tsp teal vibrance mica from Nurture Soap
After combining the lye and oils, I added my fragrance and split the batch in two. I added my mica to one half and added the white salt to it. Then I filled each soap cavity halfway. After that, I added the pink salt to the other half of my batter and filled the cavities the rest of the way.
And you know what? This soap has lots of lather and just the right amount of exfoliation. I love it! I think I could have cut the coconut oil to 50% and it still would have worked. I guess I’ve got an experiment for another day, but I’m going to roll with this recipe for now and make some more scents with it.
If you’d like to try this soap before you make it, I’ve listed them for sale here.