Making Herbal Soap
Thanks to Miss Allaby’s Blog and creativity, we were able to whip up a few bars of ‘Herbalicious’ soap! It was a fun afternoon of herb picking and smelling. It was super easy and a project that I would highly recommend! This is a fantastic way to use some herbs that need to be pinched back, but aren’t needed in the kitchen.
You will need:
- Unscented Glycerin
- A Glass Bowl or Measuring Cup
- A Spoon
- A Scraper
- Rubbing Alcohol in a Spray Bottle
- Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
- Molds (we used different shapes and sizes of plastic containers)
- A Bowl Full of Your Favorite Herbs!
Purchase unscented Glycerin from your local craft store…We purchased two large blocks and ended up with about 24 good-sized bars of soap.
Chop up your glycerin in tiny cubes…this helps to speed up the melting process…when your soap is made it will be about the same amount as you started with (in glycerin) so melt as much as you think you will need.
Next, get your herbs ready. In a small food processor, put about 1/4 of a cup of your herbs and a teaspoon or two of water to help with the puree process. Puree, then spoon herb mixture onto a coffee filter to drain out excess water.
Place about a cup of the glycerin into a glass bowl and melt in the microwave…about 30 seconds …if not completely melted, microwave another 10 – 20 secs. Once melted, you immediately add a teaspoon or more of your herb mixture. We added more to intensify our soap’s smell and color. It is personal preference.
Spray your molds with oil then pour your soap into your mold. Once poured into the mold, spray with the rubbing alcohol to remove all of the air bubbles.
Allow to your soap to harden on the counter for about a half an hour and then put in the freezer for an hour or two. Afterwards pop out of mold and trim if necessary.
I used Miss Allaby’s suggestion and wrapped them in parchment paper. They will keep up to four months….but I don’t think we will have any left by then…I have already given two away and am using one!
We were all pleasantly surprised at how aromatic and pretty they are!
Here’s how they turned out!