Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Using Fresh Herb

One hand full of bundle cilantro is only 50 cents here in the the Chinese grocery store, and Thai basil is slightly more costly but not that much more.  The problem is, these are easily perishable in 3 days.  Unless you are cooking for a big fest, the left over will usually get wasted, end up in trash can or decompose.  I heard of soapers using fresh mint to soap and it comes out a nice green!  I wonder if I can do the same with cilantro and basil, would be nice if the color and the scent can survive lye!
 I should have left it cool...  Instead, I put it in the oven with some heat to force gel...  I thought it would darken the color to make the green more noticeable.  Well, I was right, it did darken, just not to the vibrant side!  It went mossy, olive green.  You can see the leaf green bits from cilantro & basil puree, dark green speckles from dry mint powder, and the white tiny spots.  Those white spots are not lye pocket or butter not melted correctly.  They are tiny jojoba beads I added for visual contrast and extra gentle exfoliation!  This will be a perfect gardener's soap to scrub off the dirt after hard yard work.
This smells so fresh and not over powering!


  1. Very nice! I love everything about it :-)

  2. So gorgeous, what a nice idea for a gardener's soap!

  3. I love the look of your Herb Garden soap, Emily! The color is nice, and I like the flecks of the herbs and jojoba beads. The bars look very earthy and natural. Bravo!

  4. I love the look of this soap! I was wondering if you would tell me how you get the "beveled" edges to these bars? Do you use a vegetable peeler? They look so nice and neat! Thanks!

    1. Yes I use a vegetable peeler to bevel the edges.

    2. Thanks! I am new to soaping and like to visit your site because you share some of your tips and tricks to making such pretty soaps.