Home Spa: Pink Salt and Shea Bath Bar

  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Time:45 mintes
  • Yields:Twelve 4 oz. soaps

Transport yourself to the seaside of a breezy Mediterranean village with this #HomeSpa Pink Himalayan Sea Salt tutorial. Skin-loving Shea Melt and Pour base combines with scrubby Pink Himalayan Salt to create a bar that is both moisturizing and exfoliating. One thing to be aware of, this bar does not lather well because of the high amount of salt, but it is sensual and luxurious.

What You’ll Need:

32 oz. Shea Melt & Pour

16 oz. Medium Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Super Pearly White Color Block

12-Bar Round Silicone Mold

1.3 oz. of Spring Meadow Fragrance or Essential Oil Blend

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ONE: Cut the Shea Melt & Pour into 1 inch cubes and place in a heat safe container. Melt in the microwave on 30 second bursts, stirring between each heat.

TWO: After the soap has been fully melted, shave off chunks of the Super Pearly White Color Block and stir vigorously to melt the color block into the soap. Since the soap is already white, the color block will add a slight shimmer to the soap.

THREE: Add the fragrance blend and stir with a whisk or spoon until the oil has been fully incorporated into the soap.

FOUR: Portion out the Medium Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and add it to the soap. The crystals will sink to the bottom of the soap. This is part of the design and is difficult to avoid because of the thin viscosity of the soap when melted versus the heavy grains of salt.

FIVE: Because the salts are heavy and will sink to to the bottom of the container, use a spoon to scoop 2 – 3 spoonfuls of sea salts into each mold cavity to enhance the evenness of the design. Yes, you are pulling the salts from the melted soap that you just put the salts into – reach your spoon all the way into the bottom of it to get a heaping spoonful. After you  have an even coat of salts, pour the melted soap over the salts and spray with Isopropyl Alcohol to disperse bubbles. Repeat this process for each cavity. If the soap starts to harden, pop the mixture into the microwave for 15 seconds.

Allow the soaps to harden for 2 – 3 hours before unmolding!

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79 Responses to “Home Spa: Pink Salt and Shea Bath Bar”

  1. Vicki says:

    I’ve been making very similar soaps for about a year now (I don’t add white pearl to the shea base and I scent mine with Lavender & Herb). They’re always best-sellers at craft shows and the local farmers’ market! To counteract the sinking salts, I just add more – almost an even ratio of weight for the soap and salt. It makes a sticky, goopy mess to spoon into the mold, but the results are worth it. I always warn my customers that the soap might not lather as much as others, but no one has ever complained and everyone who purchases it once always comes back for more.

    • Hi Vicki!

      We are so happy to hear that so many of our customers have tried this idea out, it really is such a fun one and we’ll be interested to see the variations of this particular recipe. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with it! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  2. Nooooooo……. I LOVE this, but I need it to be CP! Any ideas? :)

  3. Stacie says:

    Love this. I haven’t worked with pink salt yet, this looks like a great project.

    • Good morning, Stacie!

      You will just love this recipe. We’ve had a tester in the restroom here at work and I just can’t wait to wash my hands with it. The salt gives that perfect amount of exfoliation, and the shea butter base is just so creamy!

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  4. I love the way these look! I don’t usually do melt and pour but I totally want to try this!

  5. Shannon says:

    How crazy! My VERY FIRST melt and pour project was a Pink Himalayan salt bar that I made for my family for Christmas. I scented them with your Pink Grapefruit fragrance oil and everyone LOVED them! My Mom still has some that she uses in the kitchen. I had included bath salts and handmade rice heat packs and they were a big hit.

  6. Meagan says:

    Is this soap scratchy during use?

  7. Amber says:

    I definitely want to try and make these soon. They are packaged so nicely, too!

  8. angel says:

    This was my very first time making any kind of soap, but it turned out BEAUTIFULLY and I am in LOVE!

    • Good morning, Angel!

      Yay! We are so excited to hear that it turned out so well for you. Congrats on your very first time making soap. If you were able to get any pictures of your soapy success, we’d love for you to share them with us on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page. Be sure to keep us updated on all the projects you make. =)

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      https://www.facebook.com/BrambleBerry

  9. Laurie says:

    I am so excited to try these bars out. I love Himalayan salt and shea soap, so I’m sure this will be amazing! I’m sure it will be a hit at my booth at the local craft fair as well. I can’t wait to play around with a few variations for my fiance, brothers, etc. Thanks for sharing this recipe

  10. Sharlene says:

    Can I use fine salt?

  11. I made this with the fine salt and the Sheer Freesia scent and it’s lovely! I had a problem, though…the first bar came out of the mold just fine, but in the subsequent bars the salt is sticking to the mold and not releasing well. I’m using the plastic mold, not the silicone. Do you think it won’t work in the plastic mold, and I just lucked out on the first one? Otherwise, I beautiful bar of soap!

    Thanks!
    Carleigh

    • Good morning, Carleigh!

      We are so excited that you’ve tried this tutorial out, we can’t wait to here more about your soapy projects. If you get any pictures, be sure to share them with us on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page! =)

      The hard plastic molds are going to a little trickier to unmold but it can be done. When they have hardened, push on the back of the mold cavity firmly with the palm of your hand. I would also try pushing the sides away from the soap if at all possible that will release the airlock and help them pop out.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  12. J.dos Santos says:

    Thank you so much for your tutorial! I made this soap with raspberry and pomegranate scent and LOVE it!!! I did notice though that 3 weeks later the soap started to sweat – a lot. I had it wrapped in plastic and kept it in a dry, cool place – any ideas on why it sweated so much and continues to keep sweating – even after I have wiped it dry? (Is it a chemical reaction of the salt? Any help you can provide is much appreciated!

    • Good morning!

      That fragrance blend sounds absolutely divine, I wish computer screens were scratch-and-sniff so I could smell it! Which soap base did you use for your batch? It sounds like it might be the salt drawing moisture into your soap, but if you could tell us a little more about it, we are more than happy to help you troubleshoot it. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Jennifer dos Santos says:

        Thank you for your reply. Since posting my comment to you, I have wiped the soap dry, sprayed it very lightly with the isopropyl alcohol and rewrapped it…and it still sweats ☹ – don’t know why. I only used shea butter (melt and pour soap) and the scent (I didn’t use any mica powders) to make this soap …any ideas why it is still sweating? Any help you can provide would be most appreciated…

        • Good morning, Jennifer!

          It sounds like you might be living in an area that is a little humid and that is what is causing the sweating along with the salt drawing the moisture into your soap. What are the typical temperatures in your area?

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

          • jennifer dos santos says:

            The area is pretty moist/damp (I live in Vancouver, BC) and lately the weather has been pretty muggy/humid. I have noticed that when I take extra care to remove all of the air bubbles from wrapping that it is fine – the salt can’t ‘sweat’ – I am hoping it stays that way. Thanks for your assistance!

  13. Barbara Hochstein says:

    This project was pretty easy to make and the soap came out looking beautful. Here the best part…I sold it at a craft show and was sold out in less than 2 days….It was a hit! This was my second melt and pour project. I was so happy!!!!

    Barbara

  14. Barbara Hochstein says:

    I have a question….is it possible to make a black detox soap bar using a version of this Pink Salt and Shea Butter bars recipe. Maybe adding charcoal and black hawaiian lava salt? Any sugguestions for building a recipe?

    • Good morning, Barbara!

      You could totally make a melt and pour bar with the Activated Charcoal and salt of your choice. I would work along the same lines as this recipe for the salt and experiment with different rates of the Activated Charcoal until you find an amount that works the best for you. =) We can’t wait to hear more about your new soap!

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  15. Pam Stephens says:

    Hi,

    I can’t wait to order this kit and make the soaps! I just have a question as it says to ‘portion out the salt’ and I’m wondering how much salt. To your liking? Equal parts soap and salt as one comment came in? Just curious; I’m sort of a recipe person.

    Thanks,

    Pam

    • Good morning, Pam!

      You are just going to love how this soap feels, I had a chance to try it out and I just loved how it soaped up and the scrubbiness of it was just perfect. When we are talking about portioning out the salt in this recipe, we are just referring to weighing it and making sure you have the full 16 oz amount. If you ever want to resize this recipes, the ratio is 2:1 on the Melt and Pour to the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. I hope this helps! Let us know if you have any other questions. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  16. Desiree Koons says:

    Hi there,

    I have a question on the fragrance blend. I followed the link to the recipe:
    .4 oz patchouli
    1 oz Hungarian lavender
    2 oz. red Brazilian mandarin
    1 oz. grapefruit

    Do we mix those together and add the entire thing (we’ll have left over if we buy the kit, I’m assuming) to the soap base? I’m brand new at this and want to make sure I understand the step correctly. :)

    Thank you!

    • Hi Desiree!

      You are correct! You will mix all of the essential oils together to create a great blend for this melt and pour tutorial, and you will even have some left over! Let us know if we can answer any other questions for you. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  17. Nikita says:

    I love your videos! Good work. ( i watch on youtube)

    • Good morning, Nikita!

      Thank you so much for the feedback, I will definitely let Anne-Marie know that you are enjoying the Soap Queen TV videos. We hope you get a chance to check out the rest of the Soap Queen blog with all the fun tutorials and projects. =)

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  18. sincere says:

    i tried this with goats milk m&p scented with coco mango fragrance oil. it looked and smelled good but gave a unexpected warm tingling sensation? is that normal? i gave the ” feets only disclaimer”. this is my first time adding salts in it… and suggestions?

    • Good morning!

      Could you tell us a bit more about your recipe so that we can help you troubleshoot? We always suggest making sure that you are using the correct usage rate of fragrances your projects. For melt & pour we suggest .25 oz per pound. If you let us know more about your recipe we can pinpoint what might be causing that tingling sensation!

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  19. Colleen Helen Marsters says:

    Hi There,
    In this recipe you say a block of Super Pearly White Colour Block. How much is it in ozs please.

  20. aki says:

    I love, love, love this idea so much! I can’t wait to try making them :)
    I’ve never made soap before, so I’m super excited. I was wondering:
    •can I use coarse/fine salt instead of medium? (I live in Canada, so I sadly can’t order from your lovely store, and the canadian store I’m looking at doesn’t have medium)
    •How big are the molds you used?
    •For the wrapping, is there an alternative for a heat gun?
    Sorry for so many questions, but I really love this blog…
    Thanks so much, Aki :)

  21. I made these and used the ‘foot’ mold. Too cute. I also used the Holiday Candy fragrance oil and I added sugar to the salt mixture. Sugar hydrates the skin, as salt dries it out. I did not use the Shea butter soap, and I see now that shea does hydrate and that is why the recipe did not call for sugar. But anyways, my recipe turned out fine and it is M&P.

    • Hi Carol!

      We included the Pink Sea Salt in this recipe because it is known for it’s stimulating and soothing properties and we just love it in salt bars for it’s exfoliating and moisturizing abilities.

      Your recipe sounds absolutely lovely. If you were able to get any photos of your home spa foot soaps, we’d love to see how they turned out, you can share them with us on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page. =)

      https://www.facebook.com/BrambleBerry

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  22. Tyna says:

    Hi! I’m new to soap making and would like to try this for Christmas gifts. I just had a couple questions.
    Is this recipe OK to half? I think I read somewhere that you have to be careful when halving or doubling recipes… but that might have just been for cold process.
    Also, if I were to just use a large square or rectangular mold to cut my own bars, should I still put the salt in the soap mix before spooning it out to cover the bottom?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Tyna!

      Welcome to the soapmaking world, we are so excited that you have decided to start. You can totally half this recipe! Because it is melt & pour, you don’t have to worry about lye and oils and the saponification process.

      If you were to use your own mold, I would still follow the directions from this tutorial to get a similar effect. Let us know how your batch turns out! And, if you get any fun pictures, you can share them with us on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page. :)

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      https://www.facebook.com/BrambleBerry

  23. Shannon says:

    Hi there,

    How could I go about making this on a stove top? I do not have a microwave and I find Pyrex to be not reliable with heat. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

    • Good morning, Shannon!

      If you do not have a microwave, you can use a crock-pot (on low) to melt the glycerin bases. Be sure to check back on them to make sure you aren’t burning or boiling the soap and you should be just fine! I hope that this helps. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  24. Jenelle says:

    Hello!
    I’m new to soap making. I purchased this kit with the essential oil blend. I just realized I have all the oils minus the “patchouli”. I wanted to make the soaps tomorrow, how will not having this oil effect my oil blend? Should I order the patchouli and wait to make the soap or is their an alternative option? I would like to preserve the quality and recipe of this soap, but I’m eager to get cooking!

    Thanks!

    • Hi Jenelle!

      If you wanted to make this soap without the Patchouli, it is totally okay! The fragrance and essential oil choices are totally a preference and we encourage you to experiment with your blends until you find on that works the best for you! Let us know how your soap turns out, and if you get any pictures, be sure to share them with us on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page. =)

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      https://www.facebook.com/BrambleBerry

      • Jenelle says:

        Thank you so much for the response! I made the soap (minus the .4oz of patchouli).

        Question though, my soap is not pearly white like yours! I know there much be an obvious answer and I’m simply overlooking it. It was white from the Shea butter and the color block- but the essential oil mix turned it amber colored.

        I checked and double checked how fragrance to use. In the comments above I read:
        ***2 oz Red Brazilian mandarin (which was Amber colored and hence the color of my soap now)
        1 oz grapefruit and 1 oz lavender

        Did I use too much of the oil mix? Was I only supposed to add a fraction of that oil mixture? I could have sworn I read somewhere else estimate about .25 oz fragrance per pound of soap- that would be I used four times too much oil blend. But I followed what I read above. That’s the only explanation I can think of!

        Help my soap fiasco! Lol

        Thanks!

  25. Veronika says:

    Hi, once I made the CP soap with just 3 Himalayan salt crystals embeds (coarse grain) on top and when I tested it was way too scratchy… I had to remove those embeds from all finished batch and replace with with shea butter drops. The bar itself also contained fine Himalayan salt in a base and it was a bit rough to the skin leaving light red scratches after the use. I’m wondering why nobody mentioned this… Did you experience something like this or maybe heard about it from people? I LOVE the look of Him. salt but simply afraid to repeat the same mistake. Don’t want angry customers to sue me… What do you think? Thank you!

  26. I ran into your beautiful recipe awhile back and wanted to try it. On hand I have dead sea salts so using that in lavender guest molds with lavender eo
    I wanted to write in and tell people what not to do-lol I read one of the comments that said she used the weight of soap as salt to get a more even mix of salt so I thought I would do that-I used a little less salt but it was just a couple ounces less than the soap used. It seized up immediately and could not get out of the pan-not knowing the chemistry of salt-I decided to put it back on the double boiler and try to soften-wasn’t happening so I added in a little more soap-a major mess let me tell ya lol-the salt must have melted into the soap or chemically changed. so I put it in one of those plastic veggie containers and figured I would just use it for myself-well it is chemically changed for sure-so is not setting up well-I will just scoop some out for me and see if I can use it after a couple hours it is still not set-so it’s not going to.
    my other question is the dead sea salts ok in melt and pour soap? My new soap that I put the salt at the bottom of molds looks great-but have not unmolded it yet thanks Kathy

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Kathy!

      I’m sorry to hear this gave you such trouble! Sometimes projects take a little trial and error :). You can use dead sea salts in melt and pour soap, although sometimes suspending things can be a little tricky!

      While our melt and pour bases aren’t technically called suspension bases, that doesn’t mean that you can’t suspend additives in our bases! The key is pouring at a lower temperature, around 120 degrees F, to increase the viscosity of the soap. This combined with continual stirring as you pour will allow for great suspension in our melt and pour bases.

      I hope this helps :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  27. Valerie Brunette says:

    Hi Amanda & Becky!

    I tried this reipe last night, but thought I’d give it a twist by pouring it in a 3 lbs log!… Big mistake! It looked great once released from the mold, until I tried to cut in into bars. The salt at the bottom was like a hard layer of candy, just crumbling and breaking off, not making a nice clean slice!…I immediately decided to remelt the batch and pour into muffin tray! OH BOY!!! Long story short, the mixture wasn’t melting as fast due to the salt clumps and the soap was thick and skin was forming….what a mess!!! :( I manage to pour a few nice round bar, but over all the mix was very think and lumpy! What a waste!

    P.S. Did I mention that I used lip flavoring instead of EO. I thought, what the heck? I love this scent of coconut along with sea salt!…mells like the beach!
    Well this morning the soaps have oily residue on the surfaces, almost like they’re sweating where the salts are.
    I’m almost sure its the lip flavoring not being approprite mix with the soap!
    I knew I was taking a risk from the get go!
    Thoughts please!

    Hugely dissapointed in myself! =(

    Valerie

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Valerie!

      I’m sorry to hear that this recipe gave you some trouble. We have all been there though, so don’t be too hard on yourself! :) I could see where a log mold would be appealing for this recipe. The reason we added the salts to the mixture first, then scooped them out into the individual mold was so the salts didn’t all go to the bottom,forming a somewhat solid layer, which it sounds like is what happened to your soap.

      I’m sorry that the lip flavoring oil gave you trouble, but you’re correct, these are not made for use in soap. They have a different usage rate than fragrance oils, which may be where the major problem is. Keep in mind that melt and pour can sweat due to the glycerin. We usually recommend wrapping your melt and pour after it has been made to avoid this problem.

      If you have any other questions, feel free to ask! I’m sorry this project didn’t turn out quite right, but practice makes perfect! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  28. Shirley says:

    Do you sell a rose essential oil that will not turn the soap yellow?

  29. Ana says:

    I tried this and the scent is great!! However, the EO turned my soap a pale orange or off yellow color. I am guessing because of the Red Brazilian Mandarin. I am using Brambleberry everything so was that supposed to happen and is that why you all added the Color Block?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Ana!

      I’m happy to hear that you gave this recipe a try! You’re correct, the Red Brazilian Mandarin does discolor to a bright orange color. In this particular bar, we used the fragrance oil blend, which does not discolor. We used the color block in this instance to give a shimmer to the already white soap, but it would help give the essential oil blend a much lighter color :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  30. Jennifer says:

    O-M-G! I am so in love! This was my first experience with M&P soap making. I did a quick scan of the M&P recipes and didn’t really see much like this. You know, the spa-like soaps. Do you have any you can recommend that have this spa quality to them? I’m not crazy about the really colorful stuff with crazy shapes and colors. They are cute, but I just love the relaxing type. Thanks!

  31. Jessica says:

    I was so excited to have these arrive in the mail today that I stopped what I was doing just to make them.

    And now, boy, do I feel dumb! I melted the m&p just fine. When it came time to add the FOs I messed up in a way that you can all find humor in. I saw the recipe that called for a small amt of just the Spring Meadow (Ithink), but I ordered the kit with 4 different FOs. All I saw at first was the list of ingredients that came with the kit. I ASSUMED, that that was the amt of oils to use… Needless to say I’ve emptied 4 brand new bottles in my stupidity!!! At least I had the sense to pour them into a bowl before dumping them into the m&p! Instead, I just put several droppers full of my “mixture” into the soap.

    My other problem is that when I added the sea salt, it clumped. I had to pry it out with a spoon to get it into the molds… then there wasn’t much m&p to cover the tops.

    I hope that after all this they turn out somewhat ok. I’m just a dingbat for dumping 4 entire bottles of FO and mix them together. For now, they’re in a lidded glass container. I hope I can use them later. I will have to update when my disasters come out of the mold! :-(

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Jessica!

      Oh no! I have actually made a mistake very similar to that…it happens to the best of us :). I hope your new fragrance blend smells good at least! To help prevent the salt from clumping together, it’s important to add the salt to the melt and pour first, then spooning it into the mold. This coats the soap a little, which will prevent the salt sticking together into one big clump. I hope your soap turns out well :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

      • Jessica says:

        The fragrance did turn out kinda nice, I have to admit! I did add the salt to the m&p and that’s where my clumping mess started… Like I said, I had to scrape the bottom of the bowl to get the salt/m&p mixture out. This left very little m&p to fill the molds fully. I think I got 5 relatively ok bars out of this disaster :-) Maybe if I had had more m&p to add, it would have turned out better. Live and learn and have extra m&p on hand next time!
        Thanks for your reply!
        -Jess

        • Amanda says:

          Hi Jess!

          I’m happy that the blend smells nice :). Oh, I see what you mean. Every project is a learning experience isn’t it? :)

          -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  32. Elizabeth Pendley says:

    How much of the color block is used, in ounces please?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Elizabeth!

      We did not measure how much of the color block we added. The great things about color blocks is that you don’t need to be super precise, what you see is what you get, so if you’d like more color (or in this case, white shimmer) you can add a little more :).

      Color blocks weight about 20 grams each, and 4 grams will brightly color about 1 pound of soap. So one color block will color about 5 pounds :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

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