Aromatic Life

This month we cover and cleanse with Soaps




Witch Soap

4 lbs lard
13 oz lye (1 can)
5 cups cold water
1 tbsp lavender oil
1 tbsp patchouli oil
1 cup fresh strawberry juice
1/4 cup dried soap bark herb (optional)

In a large enamel or iron kettle, melt the lard over very low heat.
(never use metal) In a seperate pot, stir together the lye and water.
Heat lard until small bubbles begin to appear- do not boil.

Remove from the heat and slowly pour the lye solution into the lard.
With a big wooden spoon, stir the lavender and patchouli oils, the
strawberry juice and soap bark herb. Simmer for about 30 minutes,
stirring frequently.

Pour into 2-inch deep greased pan and allow to cool overnight. Cut
the soap into squares and leave in the pan for at least 3 days before
removing. Place the soap bars on waxed paper and allow to age in a
draft-free area approximately 4-6 weeks.



Lavender and Rosemary Soap

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) each have a mild yet stimulating effect on skin. Both are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and beneficial for treating wounds, blemishes, boils,
dermatitis, fever blisters, and more. Begin this soap by making and infusion of fresh lavender flowers and
rosemary leaves. To make an infusion, pour one cup of steaming hot water over three tablespoons of dried or fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves (proportioned as you like) and steep for ten minutes.

3 cups glycerin soap base
1/4 cup lavender flowers/rosemary leaves infusion
1 1/2 tsp. lavender oil
1/2 tsp rosemary oil
1 tsp pulverized dried rosemary (optional)

Combine melted base and herbal materials. Stir until blended, then pour into molds and cool.



Fresh Aloe Vera and Nettle Leaf Soap

1 c. glycerin soap base
1/8 c. aloe vera gel
2 T. crushed dried nettle leaf
2 T. simmered, macerated fresh leaf

Mix together all ingredients and pour into molds. Once cooled, pop
out of molds, and store them in a dark cool place.



Earth Clay Soap

1 lb. vegetable glycerine soap
1 Tablespoon Clay
2 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil
1/4 Cup Distilled Water
Colorant and Scent

Be sure to mix the clay separately. I put the tablespoon of clay in a
dish and spoon a small amount of the melted soap and mix it into a
paste, then add it to the soap. This eliminates lumps of clay and
makes a nice smooth soap.


Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap

16 oz. goatsmilk or opaque m&p soap
1/4 cup finely ground oatmeal
1/4 cup finely ground powdered milk
3 tbls natural honey
1 tbl melted beeswax
1 tbl vanilla fragrance oil (Lavender EO or Peppermint EO may be

Makes 4-4 oz bars
Melt soap base in microwave on medium for 3 minutes in glass
microwave safe container or on stovetop double-boiler method.
Add all other ingredients, stirring constantly until smooth. As soap
base cools, it will thicken to a pudding consistancy. Pour into
olive oil coated molds or small loaf pan. Let completely harden and
slice or remove from molds. Let air dry 24 hours before packaging.
Great for dry winter skin. Wrap with corrigated cardboard and raffia
for a nice gift idea.



Calamine Soap (for poison ivy):
1 cup glycerin soap base
2 tablespoons calamine lotion
2 tablespoons liquid glycerin
1 tablespoon French white clay



Problem Skin Soap:
3 cups glycerin soap base
1/4 cup whole lavender flowers (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons lavender essential oil
1/2 teaspoon rosemary essential oil



Antiseptic Soap:
2 cups glycerin soap base
2 tablespoons tea tree essential oil,
or 1 tablespoon lavender essential oil