Salt bars have a wonderful cleansing property, and luscious, frothy lather. Perfect for people with skin blemishes, these bars are also very long lasting because they are so hard.
My husband requested that I make a soap just for him -- even though he steals about half the Amber Sunset soap and some of the Honey soap I make anyway. He struggles with oily skin that tends to have dry patches, blemishes and redness, so I designed this bar with him in mind: Carrot puree is an excellent source of vitamin a and beta-carotene, it nourishes and soothes sensitive and irritated skin. Goat's milk is extra moisturizing and contains vitamins a, e, & c as well as amino acids and fatty acids your skin needs. Combined with the cleansing effect of a salt bar, I think this is going to be a winning combination for him.
Sea Salt, Carrot & Cedar - Goats Milk Soap
If you're looking for a basic tutorial on making goat's milk soap, read this first. Remember your lye safety!
12 oz coconut
2 oz olive oil
1 oz avocado oil
1 oz sweet almond oil
4 oz goat's milk, frozen
2.5 oz lye
2 oz carrot puree
1 oz essential oil of your choice (I used cedar & cinnamon for a woodsy, warm scent.)
8 oz sea salt (fine crystals)
Melt your coconut oil and combine it with your olive oil, avocado oil, and sweet almond oil. In a separate dish, slowly mix your lye into your frozen goat's milk. Once the lye is dissolved into the milk, mix in your carrot puree. Pour the carrot, milk, and lye mixture into your oils and blend briefly with a stick blender. Add your 1 oz of essential oil and blend again, until the mixture is thoroughly blended. (About 30 seconds. Seriously, it takes no time at all. We are not trying to bring the soap to trace.)
While your soap is still liquid-y, add your 8 oz of sea salt. I use fine crystals - you could also use Himalayan pink salt or even canning salt. You just want it to be plain salt - no added iodines or anti-caking agents. Salt makes a bar harden very quickly, so we have to work fast. Blend your salt in until it is well mixed with the soap - again we are not trying to get the soap to trace, just 2-3 minutes with the stick blender is enough. Your soap will be a thinner consistency than you're used to but it'll be ok - I promise!
Pour your soap mix into your molds. I recommend using single cavity molds like the silicone molds in my original soap recipe post. You can get so many adorable silicone molds now. If you use a bigger soap mold, you'll need to unmold this and cut it in a few hours. Salt causes the soap to harden craaaazy fast! If you wait 2 days it will be so hard you'll need a saw to cut it.
After unmolding your soap, let it sit somewhere it can get good airflow for 4 weeks. This cure time allows the bar to get harder and harder as moisture evaporates from the bar, and your soap will last much longer. Because salt soap is so much harder anyway, you could actually use this a week after unmolding, but it won't last as long as if you had given it the full cure time.