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.
Garden Mint Soap
- 4 ounces (113 grams) Avocado Oil
- 24 ounces (680 grams) Coconut Oil
- 28 ounces (227 grams) Olive Oil
- 4 ounces (113 grams) Castor Oil
- 2 ounces (57 grams) Mango Butter
- 9.0 ounces (255 grams) lye (sodium hydroxide)
- 19 ounces (539 grams) cooled mint-infused water (mint tea)
All measurements are by weight. You must have an accurate scale to make soap.
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 a while longer. Strain, cool further if needed, then proceed as directed in the post Soap Making 101. (Make sure your tea isn’t too dark though, or it can affect the final color of your soap.)
At trace add:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons French green clay (where to buy) diluted with 3 tablespoons water
- 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) peppermint essential oil (where to buy)
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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