This soap is rather intoxicating; sweet, spicy, and reminiscent of steamy beaches in southern Asia (if I had any memories such memories, that is). I love its soft purple swirl, its rich lather, and the slip the clay adds, making it a great shaving soap as well.


I’ll confess that this is one of the few times I’ll use fragrance oil over essential oil. With 5mL of jasmine absolute running $50–$100, I just wasn’t feeling that inspired to invest in the real thing!

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The sandalwood is a “nature identical essential oil” that blends essential oils and other… things… to get something pretty close to the original. The lavender is a real essential oil, though—it’s cheap enough for me!

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Jasmine, Lavender, and Sandalwood Soap

40% olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada)
25% refined coconut oil (USA / Canada)
20% lard
10% unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)
5% castor oil (USA / Canada)

Per 500g (1.1lbs) oils:

5% 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 purple swirl, split the batch in two after adding the clay, titanium dioxide, and essential/fragrance oils. Gradually stir small amounts of purple 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.

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