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by sibyl on May 30, 2004 06:32 AM
thought id share this, & if you have any soap recipes, please share! [gabby]

for the strongest aroma, use herbs like rosemary, lavender, and thyme--their oils seem to linger on the skin the longest.{ or so my book says, if you use any other please share }

SOFT HERBAL SOAP
1 1/2 cups {4 1/2oz--140g } dried herbs.
1 1/2 quarts { 1.5 1 } water.
2 cups {16oz--500g } shredded pure soap.
1/2 cup {4oz--125g } borax.
in an enamel saucepan, combine the herbs and water and bring to a boil. simmer for 30 minutes to release the oils. reheat slowly and add the shredded soap and borax wile stirring. boil gently for 3 minutes, then cool. pour the soft soap into covered containers.

HARD HERBAL SOAP
2 teaspoons dried herbs[or]2 tablespoons fresh herbs.
1/4 cup {2 fl oz--60ml} water.
several drops essential oil.
2 cups {16oz--500g}shredded pure soap.
in an enamel saucepan, combine the herbs, water, and oil. and bring to a boil. simmer for 30 minutes, and then add the shredded soap, mixing thoroughly. allow to cool for 15 minutes, then mix with your hands. divide into six parts and roll each into a ball. place the soaps on waxed paper to dry for several days. [ or you could use the molds]

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