herbal soaps

Herb Infused Soaps

Wash away the dust of the day with these homemade herbal soaps

Making herbal soaps to use yourself or to gift to a friend is a wonderful home project. But, keep in mind that the flowers and plants you use during this creative process must be edible. Our skin is an important organ that we should nourish and care for.

Goats milk base bar 500g

Makes 8 individual herbal soaps
80 x 55 x 20mm each in size

We added to the recipe:
Dried lavender flowers
Essential lavender oil

*Goats milk soap is a gentle cleanser, moisturising dry skin, while lavender is known for its soothing and calming properties. The added oats will work as a skin exfoliant.

Honey glycerine base bar 500g

Makes 1 bar of scented herbal soap that can be cut up into smaller bars 260 x 70 x 25mm

We added to the recipe:
Dried apple mint leaves
Essential spearmint oil

*The luxurious properties of honey combined with glycerine will keep the skin hydrated, while the refreshing fragrance of spearmint and apple mint will renew tired muscles and invigorate the mind.

What you will need

Melt and pour soap bases for both goat’s milk and honey glycerine base bars
(purchased online from takealot.com)

Sharp knife
Cutting board
Wooden spoon
Silicone moulds
Double boiler (if you do not own a double boiler, fill a medium sized pot 3/4 with water, place a colander inside, with handles resting on the rim of the pot and place an oven-safe bowl inside the colander)
Dried herbs of your choice
Essential oils


Cut the soap base bar into pieces and place in double boiler to melt.
Do not let the soap come to a boil and burn.
Stir carefully with a wooden spoon to avoid bubbles being formed while melting.
Once all the pieces have melted, remove from stove and stir in dried herbs and essential oils.
The volume of additives should not exceed 10% of the soap base volume, as this will affect the lather.
Pour into moulds and let set for 24 hours.
Remove soaps from silicone moulds and store in a dry place until use.

Click here for more info on growing lavender
Click here for more info on growing apple mint

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