Make therapeutic salt bars that will make your showers (and skin) all the better!
Cabo Rojo, nestled on the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, hosts your usual Caribbean attractions, i.e. white sand beaches, turquoise waters and iguanas basking in the sun. The real gem, though? Its salt flats that border the coast line. Salt has been mined in this area since the time of the Taino Indians, dating back to around 700 A.D. Until you make it to the top of the observatory deck, it may be hard to ascertain why these salt flats draw a crowd. Well…the water is pink! Hot pink.
The brine shrimp and other organisms that inhabit the salt grids produce its colorful pink hue, viewed from up above. It’s truly amazing.
Turn around, and the view behind is just as beautiful. The different colored sands and salt deposits create a pretty marble pattern. Have you ever seen anything like this?
Inspired by the pink hues and salt produced in Cabo Rojo, I wanted to share with you all my new favorite homemade beauty product: Pink Himalayan Salt Bars!
Pink Himalayan salt is known for doing wonderful things for the body and mind, as it contains 84 trace minerals and a unique ionic energy. It detoxifies, reduces soreness, regulates hydration, balances ph levels and strengthens the body. Himalayan salt soaks have become renowned as a way to relax while getting rid of toxins and improving circulation. I typically take showers over baths, so when I caught wind of Himalayan salt bars, I had to find out more. If you don’t have time for a soak, but still want to reap the healing benefits of salt, try out this easy recipe for Himalayan salt bars!
What You Need (This recipe yields 3 salt bars)
Pink Himalayan Salt (coarse and finely ground)
Shea butter soap base (this should be available at your local craft store. If you are skilled in soap-making and want to use your own base, please do!)
Eucalyptus essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Pour a handful of coarse pink Himalayan salt into the bottom of your soap molds.
Place two cups (about 12 squares) of shea butter soap base and one tbsp of coconut oil into a glass bowl and melt. I used a double broiler, but you can also use a microwave. I stirred continuously until all of the soap was fully melted.
While stirring, add in one cup of finely ground pink Himalayan sea salt.
Stir in 15-20 drops (gauge to your liking) of your favorite essential oil. I used a mixture of eucalyptus and peppermint.
Pour the mixture into the soap molds and allow to cool completely
Once dry, remove from the molds and use as you would a normal bar of soap! These also make great gifts :)
How do you use Himalayan salt in your beauty routine? Let us know in the comments below!
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