February 4, 2012

Sage and Mint

Wish you could smell this.

I really like the way this turned out. It's rustic, but it's big and smooth and smells great.
I found this wooden packing crate in the trash and re-worked it into a mold. I hate lining it (maybe it'll get easier as I do it more), but it makes a nice, big bar and there's not all the waste that using the silicon loaf mold makes.

I used the trimmings and leftovers from my Sage and Citrus Scrub as a confetti—although the colors are so similar it really just adds texture. Little bits of the orange annatto snuck in there which was a happy accident. I also made some sage curls that you can't see because the way the soap is sliced (big duh to me). The whole thing was mixed with a sage and mint base.
New recipe with a new ingredient—olive oil pomace. I got 3 quarts of it for $14 at this little spice market by Port Authority Bus Terminal. I also bought a huge bag of dried basil for infusing (a friend has asked some Basil/Lemon Soap—my first request!)
The soap is fragranced with a very complex blend of peppermint, sage, tea tree, lemon, pine, clove and the tiniest bit of wintergreen (all essential oils). I spent a bit of time on the blend. I wanted it to be minty and refreshing without smelling like toothpaste. I think I was pretty successful.
This would a great soap to use after a night of heavy drinking.
Sage and Mint Base:
Palm Kernel Oil
Olive Oil (infused with mint and sage)
Shea Butter
Cotton Seed Oil
Soybean Oil
Castor Oil
Olive Oil Pomace (infused with mint)

Sage Confetti:
Olive Oil (infused with sage and annatto seeds)
Palm Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil
Castor Oil

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