Therefore most people seemed to use coconut oil as a majority oil. So I had to try something different.
I decided to make my salt soaps in molds to avoid the cutting problem, although one can cut very hard soap with wire. I have these... I guess they are some sort of cake molds or pastry molds?... I don't know, but I bought them because they are pretty. I got them from a charity shop that got an old inventory of kitchen stuff from the 60's and 70's. Wonderful stuff, I just love it.
Anyway, back to the salt soap, I decided to use those and then I thought: "Well, salt soap is kind of spa like so I don't want it to be too drying and therefore I won't use so much coconut oil. And I'll have come cocoa butter in it and some other nice oils. And the lather... ohhh, who cares?"
The soap was very thin at first so I was worried that this would be my first failure. So I waited a bit with pouring into the molds. Big mistake. When I started to pour it it was setting rapidly so it didn't run into the mold properly. I had lined them with cling wrap because most of them are aluminum and that reacts with the soap (what does that mean exactly? I need to try that out sometime). The plastic kind of got in the way and it was a messy process to say the least. But I got it in there and out on the drying rack. Taking them out of the mold was not difficult, but they were not as crisply molded as I would have liked and they were very crumbly, but they still had some shelf time to do.
When I couldn't stand it any longer I took one out and used it in the bathtub. It was truly a rather strange experience. Virtually no lather to speak of, but it was very hard and it did clean well, smelled lovely and left my skin very soft. I have to say I really liked it. Although I must admit that I think I will up the coconut oil next time.
My recipe was very small only 200 g / 7 oz (I'm not really good at the Imperial measurement system):
Coconut oil 30% - 60g / 2.1 oz
Olive oil 30% - 60 g / 2.1 oz
Cocoa butter 20% - 40 g / 1.4 oz
Avocado oil 20% - 40 g / 1.4 oz
I used coconut milk for the liquid, for this recipe 70 g. and 28 g. lye. This should make it 5% superfatted. I added 200 g. salt and some peppermint essential oil before I poured it into the molds.
I gave my mother one of the soaps and am looking forward to hearing her reaction to it. She doesn't like Castille soap because it doesn't lather much, but I told her to give this one a chance.
UPDATE: I used the salt soap in the shower and I think I was too harsh in saying that there is no lather from it. There is a lovely, soft and creamy lather and it feels very good on the skin. It could be worth repeating, but probably using more coconut oil and less of the others.