Hello all! Here is a fun project for those who are looking for a soft spreadable soapy balm. This is especially great for shaving!
The recipe calls for melt and pour (MP) soap, butters such as Shea, Cocoa, or Mango (not dairy butter. EW!), liquid oil, and optional fragrance oil/essential oil (please look up the safe usage amounts for these). You can even add a colorant for more interest, but make sure it is skin safe!
The secret ingredient in this recipe is Dead Sea Salt. It HAS to be Dead Sea Salt! Why? Well, because Dead Sea Salt tends to attract moisture and will help break down the soap, keeping it soft. Although this blend is anhydrous (does not contain water), it will be used in the shower and has the potential of having water introduced into the product. It is recommended to use a preservative of your choice to keep the bacteria and fungi away.
You will need:
- 2lbs of detergent free coconut milk MP (or any higher end moisturizing MP)
- 1/2 cup FINE Dead Sea Salt
- 1.5 oz Shea Butter (or any butter)
- 0.5 oz jojoba (or any liquid oil)
- fragrance or essential oil
- skin safe mica or colorant
- Preservative of your choice
Where to find supplies:
You can find MP soap at local craft stores, but they tend to be basic. Butters and oils can be found at larger markets such as Wal Mart or Target, etc., and the easiest ones to find are cocoa butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil. Make sure it is pure and does not have added ingredients to them. Dead Sea Salt can be found in the large markets as well as places such as Sprouts and Whole Foods.
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This will make approximately 4-6 8oz jars of soap balm, possibly more depending on how much air you whip into it or if you add things like sugar, etc.
- Cut your MP into small cubes to help it melt easier and more evenly (you don’t want to burn your soap!)
- Melt your MP in 30 second bursts. I like to get mine around 155-160 degrees F (I have no idea in C).
- Pour Dead Sea Salt in and stir, stir, stir. When you think it’s incorporated, it’s not. Stir it again. Heat it back up if you need to help it mix better.
- Next add your butter and oil and stir until melted.
- Now I’ve made this A LOT when I was an MP queen back in the day. I’ve never been able to get the salt completely melted. So…I strain the mixture into another bowl. It is fine to leave the salt in the mix. I will break down eventually, but if you want a completely smooth and creamy balm NOW, strain it.
- Add your fo/eo and colorant and fold into mixture.
- Now stick a wisk attachment on your hand mixer (or if you’re luckier than me, your kitchenaid) and whip that sucker up! Once it cools a little, you’ll see it wanting to get fluffier like the pic. STOP! This gets a little thicker than butters and stuff so you’re going to ruin it if you keep going. But never fear! If you see that you have now made soap taffy, just zap it for about 5-10 seconds and whip again. *Edit* I recently purchased a Kitchenaid and you can whip this sucker into oblivion without it turning into soap taffy!
- Start slapping that baby in jars and let it rest for a bit. Since the addition of the shea and the liquid oil, and you are whipping it, whipping it good, this will now fill 4 8oz jars with a little left (about 2oz or so) for you to sneak into the shower. If you whip the dickens out of it, it will fill many more jars. *Note that even if your jar states it is an 8 oz jar, your actual product weight will differ depending on the amount of air you whipped into the product. If you are selling, always weigh your product and state the actual net weight so you don’t get a visit from the FDA!
It looks like a lot of work, only because I am wordy, but trust me, it’s the best 15-20 mins of your time you will spend today!
Why do this? It makes a dreamy moisturizing whipped soap of sorts that’s awesome to shave with, or just to use as your soap/shower (un)scrub. It will not have tons of lather due to the addition of the butters and oil. If you want to believe that the skin likes the minerals from the Dead Sea Salt, that’s all you. (Wink). I have added things like sugar, jojoba beads, and poppy seeds for added luxury or scrubby feeling. Of course, it is just as nice all by itself! This is the basic recipe for our soap balm, but of course, we vary our own recipe for the products we sell.
Hope some of you try it, and those who make their own MP, I’d love to hear how it turns out for you!
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