1. Melt soap chunks in a double boiler over medium-low heat.
  2. Stir in pure essential oils and/or exfoliating or nutritive agents.


For a designer touch, arrange dried flowers and herbs on melted soap after it has set for a few minutes. Let it set until firm. Pour a thin layer of melted soap over the dried materials, creating a transparent window effect. Allow it to harden again before unmotding.

  1. Pour mix into molds. If desired, sprinkle dried herbs and flowers into the mix as you pour so they don't settle to the bottom.
  2. Allow to harden for about V5 hour,
  3. Pop out soap onto a towel,
  4. Let bars sit overnight to harden completely
  5. Wrap bars in plastic or put in plastic zipper bags to preserve scent.

Yield: 2 bars of herbal glycerine soap

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Add herbs and other ingredients to your homemade soap to create just the type you need—a facial soap, body soap, a gritty soap to help renew your skin, or an enriched soap.

Pure essential oils for facial soap:

chamomile, lemon, lavender, neroli, geranium, grapefruit, frankincense, rose attar Pure essential oils for body soap: rosemary, grapefruit, lavender, bee balm (also known as bergamot), orange, pine, peppermint Dried herbs and flowers (ground or whole): calendula, rose petal, lavender buds, violet flowers

Exfoliating agents: finely ground oatmeal, finely ground corn meai, finely ground almond kernels, white day (kaolin), green ciay (bentonite) Nutritive agents: cold-pressed oils, like jojoba, apricot kernel, avocado, evening primrose oil, vitamin E, vitamin A

Test the ingredients on your skin before adding them to soap: Mix a small amount of the herbs and other ingredients in pure vegetable oil and rub the mixture on the inside of your arm. Check in half an hour to

C>asic -Herb-Infused Oil

Many herbal salves and creams start with herb-infused oils. Use this formula from herbalist Pat Carrigan of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to create herbal oils that you can use directly on your skin or as the basis for other herbal concoctions.

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