There are few things more summery to me than a gin and tonic. My parents would always drink them on the porch during the summer in these special crinkly, textured glasses they have. The love of gin & tonic in warm weather must be hereditary, because the good old G&T is one of my favourite drinks, especially when the thermometer goes past 25°C. So, naturally… I turned it into soap. That’s normal, right?

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This soap smells wonderfully of summer, assuming you associate the smell of gin and tonic with the smell of summer. Otherwise, it smells mostly of citrus, with a hint of dry juniper. It’s yellow with orange swirls, and just the thing for summer (though maybe not the night after you’ve had two or three too many G&T’s).

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Gin & Tonic Soap

35% olive oil
25% coconut oil
15% lard
15% shea butter
10% castor oil

Per 500g (1.1lbs) oils:

  • 26g lemon essential oil
  • 2g juniper essential oil
  • 1 tbsp white kaolin clay (or some other brownish clay)
  • 2 tsp buriti oil (for colouring—or some other orange colouring)

Follow my standard soap making instructions (calculate for a 6% superfat), allowing the oils and lye water a good 6–8 hours to come to room temperature.When the soap reaches a light trace, add the essential oil and clay. Divide the batch in two, and stir the buriti oil into one half. Pour the soap into the mold, alternating between the halves, drizzling to swirl.

Let saponify in the mold for 24 hours before slicing and curing for at least 3 weeks.

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