A bit of an oxymoron, perhaps, but the idea of a dark, earthy scented bar was quite intriguing. Something to use up all the Ucuuba butter and rhassoul clay I’ve got in my cupboard. Something to remind me of summer and nature and all those things that hide away in the dead of winter, depressing me so.

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Like spring, gardening, and farmer’s markets, all bundled into a bar of soap. Well, maybe that’s a bit much to put all on one bar of soap, but it’s winter, and I’m bored.

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I was picturing something sort of like black soap. Dark, with a different shades of brown. Not entirely smooth. Imperfect, like handmade granola and dirt clods and other imperfect stuff.

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Perhaps I’ve been spending too much time in the mountains lately. I’m ok with that. Cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver, and maybe a bit of sage essential oil would tie it all together in beautiful, nature-hippy-awesome way.

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Dirt Soap

40% olive oil
30% coconut oil
15% lard
10% ucuuba butter
5% castor oil

1 tbsp rhassoul clay per 500g oils
½ tsp brown iron oxides

30g essential oils per 500g oils:

80% patchouli
10% cedarwood
9% sage
1% vetiver

Follow standard soap making procedures.

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