I made a batch of all natural homemade soap using fresh spearmint instead of essential oil. Read the full article:
There are some problems with using fresh herbs in soap making. First, there is heat involved in making soap and the essential oils in the herbs can boil off before the soap is finished.
Then there is the reaction of lye with the herbs which can bring unpredictable results. The color or scent may be lost or changed in the process.
Generally essential oils are added to the soap at the end of the process, after heat has been removed and just before you pour the soap into molds.
But this is not possible with fresh herbs. The herbs may settle to the bottom of the soap or be drastically changed. Or you may not be able to mix the herbs throughout.
And the other problem is how to grind the herbs without using water. You do not want to add water to the soap at the end of the process.
So I came up with the idea of making a very strong herbal tea which I used instead of water in the soap making process.
Again, see the full article for all details.
I then mixed the tea, oil and lye together to make a nice, refreshing spearmint soap.
Spearmint has a lot of benefits when used on the skin. It is antimicrobial which is perfect for soap. And it can help with a lot of skin conditions. And it smells good.
When the soap making process was finished I poured the soap into cute little shaped molds to share with family and friends.
After two days I was able to press a few of the little sample bars of soap out and have a look at them. The soap is still a bit soft so I will wait a while longer before I press the rest of them out of the molds.
But the soap does small like spearmint. I got the results I wanted.
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