Posted by: michelenel | 3 June, 2014

Soap with minty freshness…..

We finished our latest batch of soap on the weekend and this is definitely my favourite so far. The recipe is from Anne Watson’s book Smart Soapmaking and my previous batch turned out so well that I decided to make it again. The scent is optional but for me is never optional, rather essential! The addition of 15ml each of lavender, tea tree and peppermint essential oils makes this an incredible scent combination in a soap that fills the shower cubicle with a heavenly aroma which is guaranteed to lift the spirits AND clear the nose too!

This is the first soap that we have added colour to and the very pale green turns out to be the perfect choice for a minty bar. A word of caution – we really struggled to get the soap pigment powder to mix properly both before adding and after adding it to the soap; real dedication is needed in stirring in order to combine it without leaving streaks in your soap – although I think this will look really nice as a feature of the soap.

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We were lucky enough to find some fabulous silicon cake moulds on sale at the local supermarket and these work amazingly well because they decant easily and make the loveliest shapes. I add ribbon to all my soaps at the moment because you then have the option to hang them in the shower or over a kitchen tap; that way the soap doesn’t sit in a little pool of water on the basin or in a soap dish which has no holes in it! I’m sorry, but anyone who makes a soap dish without holes in the bottom really does not fully understand the soap and water relationship!

Any little bits of soap left over that do not fit into the two moulds (this recipe is just about perfect for my two moulds) we pop into individual silicon cupcake moulds.
The only thing missing is a sprinkle of dried lavender or mint on the top of the cupcake to make it look like the real deal.

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