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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spearmint Eucalyptus Exfoliating Bar

Yes, more soap. I think I have two more batches to go, so you'll just have to bear with me...

This time I wanted to add something exfoliating into the batch. After some research I selected poppy seeds, mostly for their low cost and high availability. I added 3 Tablespoons to my normal size batch. This is the "olive oil" recipe I used for the lavender soap.

The fragrance is "Spearmint Eucalyptus", and I used the recommendation for a "strong" scent, but it isn't very strong. I would have added at least another quarter ounce. Next time I'll use 1.7 or 1.8 ounce. I DO really like the scent though. It's lightly minty without being overpowering. The eucalyptus and spearmint go really nicely together. It has a very fresh and clean smell to it.

This fragrance also accelerated the trace, which means it set up really, really fast once I poured in the fragrance oil. It was a little lumpy on the top because it's a lot harder to pour out smooth soap once it starts to thicken. Imagine really thick instant pudding. (You can kind of see the lumps in the picture.) If I would have waited 30 seconds more it would have been a disaster. But it turned out just about perfectly.

And I think the poppy seeds are quite pretty.

I can't wait to try all these fun new soaps!

And by the way: my soap "giveaway" is still open if you want one of these beauties. Click HERE for details. You have until April 30th to enter.


Sharon said...

the poppy seeds are pretty! we might need to have a soap making date, i'm starting to dream of soap!

Dave and Shatzi said...

I made some soap while Dave was gone too. I'm still going to blog about it (someday, anyway). It turned out pretty good. The first batch had a bunch of tiny bubbles on the top, but it set up just fine. You are an amazing teacher! I want to make more but the stick blender I just bought totally quit working (just thought you'd want a heads up). It quit right in the middle of a batch (in the middle of the night) so I got to hand stir like crazy. I need to call the company and see if I can get my $$ back. Bummer, huh?

Debbie Murdock said...

You're so funny...I love your obsessive ventures. Reminds me of me when I'm not pregnant.