I use fresh mint from my garden to make this, but you can also use dried. Any type of mint that you have on hand will work in this recipe: peppermint, spearmint, pineapple mint, apple mint, orange mint and so forth.
This is a Cold Process Soap recipe.
Instructions for making soap can be found in my post Soap Making 101. I also recommend my ebook: Natural Soap Making: Cold Process Basics & Recipes, for more in-depth information, details on coloring soaps naturally, how to read a lye calculator, 25 of my favorite palm-free recipes, and more!
Garden Mint Soap
- 4 ounces Avocado Oil
- 24 ounces Coconut Oil
- 28 ounces Olive Oil
- 4 ounces Castor Oil
- 2 ounces Mango Butter
- 9.0 ounces lye (sodium hydroxide)
- 19 ounces mint infused water (mint tea)
To infuse the water, add handfuls of fresh (or dried) mint leaves to a jar and pour simmering hot water over them. When it’s cool enough to handle, move the jar to the refrigerator and allow it to steep for several more hours. Strain, then proceed as directed in the post Soap Making 101.
At trace add:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons French green clay (where to buy)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons peppermint essential oil (This amount is for when I use the NOW brand which is on the fairly weak side. You may need less than this if you have a very strongly scented oil.)
This recipe is sized to fit a homemade 5 lb wooden loaf mold. The inner dimensions are roughly: 16″ long x 3.75″ wide x 4.75″ tall.
If you have a different mold in mind, here’s a great site that will tell you how to calculate how big a batch of soap you should make for the size mold you have. Remember you can easily adjust amounts using a lye calculator.
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