It’s not miniatures or gaming related, but I’ve started a new project: homemade soap.
Last year I decided to do a handmade Christmas. The plan was to give DIY chocolate and candy plates, scented candles, and herbal body soaps. The project quickly exploded into something much larger than I intended, however, the gifts proved very popular, especially the soaps. So popular, in fact, that I decided to continue working on recipes.
I decided on using pure herbal essential oils mixed to cleanse and soothe skin. I’ve been working with herbs and oils for several years, growing many common medicinal herbs in the garden each summer. I’ve made tinctures, poultices, and such but never soap. Armed only with the internet, I hit up the local craft store and picked up melt and pour shea butter soap base. This seemed like the best way to get started as MnP is easy to work with– just a few seconds in the microwave.
I bought liquid dyes specifically made for soap along with the base, and hit up a local tea shop for essential oils. The first batches would contain oils from sage, rosemary, lavender, dandelion, rue, and a few more. As I would later learn, not all oils carry the familiar fragrance one expects from the base materials so you may want to purchase fragrance oils as well.
I bought other ingredients for exfoliants at a local grocery store. Among these scrubbing agents were rolled oats, sea salt rocks, Himalayan pink salt rocks, dandelion root, and lavender flowers. The last two came from opening organic herbal teas. The key for exfoliants is something soft that won’t be hard on the skin, yet small enough to easily wash down the drain. Lavender flowers are wonderful for soaks as they often scrub out and open up in hot bathwater. One note of caution– take care with salt crystals. The pink salt in one of my batches seemed very sharp and scratched my skin.