POGY: Pineapple Orange Grapefruit Yuzu Pink Himalayan Salt Soap with negative impression mat

I few days of spring time weather really got my juices flowing. I just wanted to soap & soap & soap!! Sadly reality got in the way of most of my soaping ideas, but I did manage to make another batch of Pink Himalayan Salt Bars – I’ll call them POGY: Pineapple Orange Grapefruit and Yuzu.


I think I’ve just been getting really lucky lately – this batch, just as the last one (see Feb 18, 2016 Blog) took forever to set up. BUT I AM NOT COMPLAINING!! I just stick blended them a little more and patiently waited till they were ready to pour.

I used almost same recipe as before, but with a 1.5 oz water discount to off set the water in the LabColors:

Recipe: (50 oz oils; 74oz/ 4.6 lbs – plus salt)
10%         Apricot Kernel Oil          5 oz        142 grams
2.5%       Castor Oil                      2.5 oz          71 grams
70%        Coconut Oil                    35 oz        992 grams
10%         Palm Oil                           5 oz        142 grams
2.5%        Refined Shea Butter   2.5 oz         71  grams
10% SF    Lye                               7.47 oz        212 grams
1.5oz disc Water & Aloe  2:1       15 oz        425 grams
PH Salt for brine                           1.2 oz          34 grams
Oat Extract                                       .5 oz          14 grams (IN OILS)
Fine Pink Himalayan Salt              20 oz  –  by volume (about 27 oz by weight)

I did a couple different things this time:

I used the flower negative impression mat in both my 9-bar and 6 bar molds.

I tried the Sole Seife technique – Brine soap from the Soap Queen Blog on Feb 11, 2016; using the recommended lye & salt combo of 58% of the water. I first made sure all the lye was dissolved before adding the 1.2 oz of salt – but it still didn’t all dissolve.

I poured off 2 oz of batter and added a test sent to see what this soap will be like, but I think the minuscule amount of salt in the soap will make little to no difference in the feel. I suspect it will make a harder bar, but that’s what I use sodium lactate for. (Skip the Brine – I don’t see any point to it other than if you want to call your soap Sole Seife or Brine Soap.)

I split the batter into 4 containers of about 17 oz each and added colors and scents:
BB Lemon Yellow LabColor  with 1 oz BB Pineapple Cilantro
BB Orange LabColor with .5 oz BB 10X Orange eo & .75 oz BB Orange Valencia eo
BB Tulip LabColor with 1.5 oz NG Ruby Red Grapefruit
BB Apple Green LabColor with 1.5 oz BB Yuzu

I stick blended them a bit longer and then mixed in 5 oz (by volume; about 6.7 oz by weight) of Pink Himalayan salt into each container.

6-7 hours later I removed the soap from the 9-bar mold.


Dividers removed.

The colors will fade a bit, due to the salt and LabColors.

I purposely used less green on the impression mat of the 9-bar mold, as I wanted the other colors to stand out more. (For the 6-bar mold I did the opposite.)

I love how the colors are so vibrant and smooth – on what was going to be the bottom, but looks nice enough for the top. I must have forgotten to stir the containers on my last pour, so that the colors are not muted by the salt. The Tulip color has turned to a lovely deep pink.


The bottom side? The colors are very bright & shiny.

18 hours after soaping, I un-molded and cut the soap from the 6-bar mold. It was still a little soft, and the edges did tear a bit.

The colors and design remind me of Sherbet ice-cream and Autumn foliage. And the scent is amazing!


Fresh Cut Soap


10 days later the colors on the impression mat side have softened and lightened to a more pastel look, while the bottom colors have morphed but are still bright:


Top & bottom of bars – which side to display?


These have been steamed twice, but the salty ash will come back a bit.

The ones with more green are from the 6-bar mold and the ones with more pink are from the 9-bar mold.

I like using impression mats on the salt soap and shampoo bars. There is usually not enough time to do a complicated design, so this assures a nice looking side. (Especially with the shampoo bars that set up really quickly.)


Additional Resources:

Check out more Salt Bars on the links below:
Unscented Pink Himalayan & Dead Sea Salt Soap – with Clay & Plant Colorants, embeds on top, negative impression mat on bottom
Pink Himalayan Salt Test Soap Batch with Tamanu & Neem Oils
Eucalyptus Mint Tree with Neem Oil & tiny embeds
Grapefruit, Kumquat & Lime with tiny embeds
2 Batches: Unscented and Lavender, Moroccan Mint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage & Black Tea Blend
Orange Lemongrass Patchouli & Unscented
Lemongrass, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint
Peach Mango Kumquat with Aloe & Coconut water

For Salt Bar Recipes, click on the links below:
Salt Master Batch Oils #1
Salt Master Batch Oils #2 (“Everything But the Kitchen Sink”)









2 comments on “POGY: Pineapple Orange Grapefruit Yuzu Pink Himalayan Salt Soap with negative impression mat

  1. michelle says:

    I am curious where to get the impression mats.


    • soapsbysly says:

      I got this Wilton negative impression mat from Amazon – they have a lot to choose from. I have also seen the Wilton mats at Micheal’s Craft store and ones that fit log molds at Hobby Lobby Craft Store. (I used one for a log mold very successfully in my Dec 14, 2015 blog).

      I really like the Peacock positive impression mat from Cool Tools – it’s a mega-mat, but still very small (it only fits in my 6-bar mold.) Their mats are for jewelry making, but the big designs will work for soaping (most are too fine for soap to get into the crevices.) And I found this mat doesn’t work for salt bars, as they have to be un-molded so quickly. (See Feb 18, 2016 blog for my unsuccessful salt bar attempt and Feb 1, 2016 for a successful soap)



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