Right around this time of year I find I’m really drawn to deep, spicy, complex scents. Something interesting and unique, with just a hint of the familiar. Something like cinnamon and patchouli.


From the cinnamon you get great warm, familiar notes of spice and autumn. From the patchouli there’s a great complexity, along with an almost dry spice smell that compliments the cinnamon beautifully. The resulting soap is perfect for Christmas gifts, guest bathrooms, and anybody who enjoys a bit of mystery with their morning shower.

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Cinnamon & Patchouli Soap

35% olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada)
25% refined coconut oil (USA / Canada)
15% lard or beef tallow
15% unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)
10% castor oil (USA / Canada)

5 or 6% superfat

Per 500g (1.1lbs) oils:

2020 update: Given the irritation potential for the cinnamon and cinnamon essential oil, I’d recommend using a cinnamon-y fragrance oil rather than the essential oil. Please refer to supplier documentation for maximum usage rates for the particular fragrance oil you’re using when used in soap/rinse-off products.

Follow standard soap making procedure. When you reach a fairly thick trace, add the essential oils and clay. Pour half the soap into the mold. Stir the ground cinnamon into the remaining half of the soap, and pour that into the mold on top of the first half.

Let saponify for 24 hours, slice, and let age at least 3 weeks.