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.
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.
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.
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.
40% olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada)
30% refined coconut oil (USA / Canada)
10% ucuuba butter
5% castor oil (USA / Canada)
1 tbsp rhassoul clay per 500g oils
½ tsp brown iron oxides
30g essential oils per 500g oils:
Follow standard soap making procedures.
this one sounds fantastic!!
Thanks! I love the earthy scent and look of it, plus it does a great job of getting you squeaky clean, despite the name 😛
I love the essential oil combinations you are using in your soaps. I have been looking for some sandalwood and patchouli blends and you have some lovely choices. Thanks!
Thanks, Cynthia! I have a lot of fun playing around with all my essential oils 😛 I think a lot of my blends come from a place of “I should use this up, I don’t even know why I bought it”. Ha! Everything sounds like a good idea on the internet 😛
I want to try this recipe, but don’t have ucuuba butter. I tried to find out enough about it to make a smart substitution, but couldn’t find much information. Can you suggest a good replacement? Or is it necessary to the recipe?
For soap it’s not hugely important; I’d use unrefined shea butter as a good, easy-to-get alternative 🙂
Thank you! Now I just need more space to age soap. Hmmm. My birthday is next month. Maybe my husband will build me more shelves!
I know the feeling! I’ve talked my dad into making me another soap mold for a Christmas gift 😀