Seaweed salt soap - and my icy cold hands
Dulce grows at the very lowest point of the beach where there is movement of the sea most of the time and in order to pick it we had to wait for the lowest tide of the month and we were fortunate that this month it happened to be a Sunday.
We only had to drive about an hour from the city to find a nice place to collect seaweed. There are these two really cute tiny villages with tongue twisting names (Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki) and old houses made of timber, clad in corrugated iron and painted in vivid colours with white windows. I really love those old houses, no matter how impractical they are in the modern world with their low ceilings and tiny rooms. They have some really nice restaurants in those villages, but we didn't stop this time.
We didn't just collect dulce. We also saw these really pretty green seaweeds that I now know are Ulva lactuca, or Laver. I collected some because I wanted to use them in soap to see if I could get the lovely green colour.
I had decided to make about 2/3's of it non-salt and have the rest a salt soap. So I poured quite a lot of soap into the mold and them dumped some salt into the soap batter I had left. It turned out to be the exact opposite. More salt soap than not. I should have tried to get some fancy blending of the two. But I thought it was going to be a straight line. Oh well!
I used a lot of coconut oil to see if it lathers. So the recipe is quite simple:
Cocoanut oil 50% 250g / 8.8oz
Olive oil 40% 200g / 7.0oz
Cocoa butter 10% 50g / 1.8oz
Seaweed blended with 200g / 7.0oz of water.