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« on: November 17, 2011 07:48:34 PM »

So I'd really like to use herbs and other 'bits' (citrus zest, etc) in my HP Soap, but i'm not really sure where to start. I have looked for recipes on the net, but haven't really found anything that I like. If anyone has any recipes or links or suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011 07:27:18 AM »

I would say: just dive right in and start experimenting!  That's where the fun in soaping is (for this girl, anyway).  Botanicals are super pretty and lend a great "from the garden" feel to any bar that makes hippies & Whole Foodies swoon.

The only advice I've got:
1. Be aware that the fragrance of whatever you're adding will get eaten up by the lye, so orange zest won't equal orange-scented soap.
2. Keep your particulate matter fairly fine.  Ground oatmeal or apricot kernel are nice exfoliants, for example; things like blueberry seeds or other big chunks can be unpleasantly scratchy on tender skin.
3. I'm a CPer, so not sure how true this is for HP, but: at least in CP, lye leaches the color from lavender buds.  Instead of pretty purple botanicals, you end up with little brown buds and it looks like bugs died in your mold.  Not attractive.

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