Making Salt Bars

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Three Butter Salt Bars

I had seen a lot of people on various social media sites posting about salt bars, so I started doing some research. It seemed odd to me that adding a bunch of salt to a bar of soap could be beneficial in any way. I looked at recipes and even purchased a book all about salt bars.Everything I read seemed to suggest that it is wonderful on your skin even though most contain a high amount of Coconut Oil which can be drying. A couple of soapers said to just try it because you will be surprised at how lovely they will be. So I went to the book I had purchased by Amanda Gail and decided on a recipe and gathered the ingredients. The two things I changed were the recipe called for Yellow Brazilian Clay and I used Kaolin clay and hers called for essential oils and I used a fragrance oil. I thought those would be minor changes and all would be well. I also needed a multi-cavity mold since everything I read suggested that once you have molded the salt soap it can be very difficult to cut if you don’t catch it at the right time because it can be crumbly and hard.

Once I had everything I needed I read and re-read the recipe, watched a few videos and felt like I was ready. I used a recipe that contained mostly Coconut Oil with some Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter and Shea Butter added. The fragrance oil I chose was White Tea & Ginger from Bramble Berry. It seemed like a good choice to me since it is a nice fresh scent. I melted all of my oil and butters, mixed them together, added my lye and water solution and then once cooled I added my clay and fragrance oil. I stick blended to a light trace and then added the salt.( I used European Spa Salt, fine grade) As soon as I added the salt I stick blended to get it incorporated as fast as I could. I did not find that it was difficult to work with at that point as some people describe.I was able to get it into the molds with no issues. I un molded them around 24 hours later and they felt and smelled very nice! It was very hard to wait through the whole curing process to use it,my curiosity was killing me!!

I finally got them out and wrapped and gave some to friends and family and then used one for the first time this week. It is Heavenly!! It felt a bit scratchy when I first started using it but after a few minutes that went away and it was just lovely! Lathered so nicely and the fragrance was just what I hoped for and when I was finished my skin felt so soft and fresh and clean. I totally get why so many people love these bars and I am already starting to gather more ingredients so I can make some more from the recipes I purchased. I will be using these salt bars a lot from now on and I imagine after a day out in the sun those salt bars will be amazing. Now to make some handmade lotion to go along with the salt bars…….

Fragrance Review-Mad Oils

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Mad Oils Haul

My last fragrance review is of the small company which seems to be gaining popularity lately..Mad Oils. I have gotten more micas from this company than I have fragrances but Mad Oils is great and I highly recommend giving them a try. The fragrances I have gotten from them are Black Raspberry Vanilla,Marzipan,Loo Loo Shampoo, Snow Witch and Spanish Fly.Out of all of these the only one I didn’t like was Black Raspberry Vanilla. It just didn’t smell the way I expected it to and really did not smell like Raspberry or Vanilla as far as I could tell. I used it in one batch of soap and it has really not been used since. This is another lesson I learned…..buy a small amount until you know if you like it. On the other side of that coin is Loo Loo Shampoo! I bought an 8 ounce bottle of that and it is by far the best fragrance I have used so far from any company…..Hands Down!! I have used it in soaps, bath bombs, lotions and bubble bath bars. I was totally shocked when I went to reorder and found out that they had discontinued that fragrance. Had I known I would have bought a whole lot more than 8 ounces. I still go to their website and check just in case by some chance they bring it back.

The other fragrances I have used are all very nice. The Marzipan smells just like marzipan and mixes well with a chocolate or caramel fragrance. The Snow Witch is Amazing and I have also used that in all kinds of products and friends and family have snatched it up rather quickly. The Spanish Fly is also very nice and is a very sexy fragrance which is musky and slightly citrus scented. It is definitely one for the ladies.They seem to be adding some new fragrances lately so I will have to try some of them as well.All of their fragrances are Formaldehyde free and all of the ones I have used so far are also Phthalate free.  I also must say that the micas that I get from Mad Oils are fantastic and the names are always a source of entertainment. And when you order they always send along a freebie of some sort and also a few pieces of candy which is always welcome at my house,and they come in the cute little bag pictured above.

I have not had a bad experience with them yet and their customer service and shipping are fantastic so I would recommend this company. I will continue to hold out hope that Loo Loo Shampoo will make a come back!!