These days I pretty confident with plain cold processed soap - ie, a lye, olive oil/coconut oil type soap. So have started messing about with more complex soap recipes.
Peppermint and Tea tree wake-up soap
|Soap in the moulds|
|Soap out of the mould - should actually still be in it, but I had an impatient|
18oz coconut oil,
6oz palm oil (I used macadamia nut oil)
16oz olive oil
2 tbs crushed dried peppermint leaves
1 tbs poppy seeds
0.5oz peppermint essential oil
0.5oz tea tree essential oil
Make soap base, then add peppermint leaves, poppy seeds and essential oils at trace.
This soap was expensive to make and took two hours to trace. Luckily hubs was helping stir.
The main expense was the essential oils, and the cost of coconut oil seems to be increasing every single time I buy it. Rhonda over a Down To Earth mentioned this the other day, and she's been experimenting with copha instead of coconut oil. Am planning on giving her recipe a try in the near future.