Easy Herb Soap
Making your own soap is a fun but a bit of a time consuming enterprise. Not to mention costly. If you’re interested in making your own soap from scratch The Natural Soap Book: Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps by Susan Miller Cavitch is one of the best books I’ve ever read on the subject though it can be a little daunting for the beginner. I must confess I have used this book for years so there may be better ones out there but I have so many favorite recipes in this one that I know will work I just keep using it. If you know of any better books please let us know!
If you want to spend an easy afternoon making some inexpensive herbal soaps for gifts there are far simpler ways. One is to buy soap, grate it into flakes (using a cheese grater or paring knife), mix in your dried herbs of choice, moisten your hands and scrunch the soap and dried herbs into balls. If you like you can even tie a fine rope or yarn into a loop and embed one end into the soap ball as you shape it and make a soap on a rope…so handy for showers! Most bath stores sell “sleeves” on a rope made for slipping a bar of soap inside. You can fill these sleeves with shaved soap flakes and herbs instead and create a wonderful herbal soap wash cloth.
If simple is what appeals another very popular book is Soapmaking the Natural Way: 45 Melt-and-Pour Recipes Using Herbs, Flowers & Essential Oils by Rebecca Ittner. Again, if you have a favorite soap making book please share!