This intoxicating soap is lightly golden and reminiscent of tropical gardens and exotic locales. It makes me think of small towns in the summer time—specifically Gig Harbor, Washington. My Aunt’s family lives there, and all of my most recent visits have been in the summer. We’ll always spend one afternoon walking the main street of their quaint downtown.

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Gig Harbor is one of those little towns with a host of adorable little shops that sell a wide variety of things I cannot imagine ever needing—things like wine racks with a cartoon of a grouchy old woman and a snarky caption attached to the back, notepads festooned with rainbows and rhinestones, and tea cups with blurry kittens on them.

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There’s also the most wonderful antiques shop, where I got a wonderful pair of antique white evening gloves that I use for all my various Titanic costuming needs.

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Nearby that shop is a little hole in the wall that sells candles of every scent imaginable. I can remember spending time in there as a child, sniffing every candle I could reach, from green apple to summer breeze, and everything in between.

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This soap reminds me of that little shop, and of those summer days in Gig Harbor. With its light golden swirl it makes a wonderful hand soap or housewarming gift, and who knows, maybe it’ll transport you back to small seaside towns in the summer as well.

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Jasmine, Rosewood, and Ylang-Ylang Soap

40% olive oil
25% coconut oil
20% lard
10% shea butter
5% castor oil

Per 500g (1.1lbs) oils:

  • 1 tbsp kaolin clay
  • 2 tsp titanium dioxide
  • 9g | 0.32oz jasmine essential or fragrance oil
  • 9g | 0.32oz rosewoodwood essential or fragrance oil
  • 9g | 0.32oz ylang-ylang essential or fragrance oil
  • Yellow oxide, as needed

Lye at 5% discount (aka superfat)

Follow standard soap making procedures, adding the titanium dioxide and clay at trace (I highly recommend blending them together in a coffee grinder first to break up clumps). I find this recipe traces quickly without the use of an immersion blender, so don’t feel like you need one.

For a golden swirl, split the batch in two after adding the clay, titanium dioxide, and essential/fragrance oils. Gradually stir small amounts of yellow iron oxide into one half until you’ve achieved the colour you want. Alternate pouring the two halves into the mold, and then run your spoon through the raw soap a few times, twisting to swirl.

Let saponify for 24 hours before cutting and setting out to cure for at least three weeks before using. Enjoy!

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