Citrus Cypress – This is the same as the Japanese Indigo Soap I made earlier this year, minus the indigo, and with the addition of Australian red clay and bamboo charcoal for a new look. I still plan on doing more experiments with indigo but using clear-colored essential oils. This soap has cypress, petitgrain, lemon 5-fold, orange 5-fold, cajeput, and basil – too yellow to use in an indigo soap, but perfect with the current look. I really love the smell – so fresh and uplifting!
Orange Ylang Ylang – I was a little bit apprehensive when I made this. Ylang ylang is known to accelerate trace or even seize soap. Luckily, everything went smoothly. Pure ylang ylang is so strong that a little goes a long way. I blended it with lavender, orange 5-fold, copaiba balsam and ginger, and anchored them with kaolin and French pink clays. This soap has olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, orange wax, fresh yogurt, and goat’s milk. If this soap were a woman, she would be someone confident and sexy, yet down to earth. 🙂
Shikon and Bamboo Charcoal – This is a remake of the one I made last February. The only difference is that I lessened the amount of shikon. I found the first batch too dark; I think this new batch looks better. But knowing me, I will probably continue to tinker with the recipe. This has lavender, rosemary, cajeput and patchouli for their restorative properties. The smell is herbal, a bit camphoraceous, and earthy.