Common nettle weeds are frequently overlooked for their therapeutic values, mainly because of their nasty sting. Yet this common weed is said to relieve joint pains and improve skin irritations such as acne and eczema.
Although the dried nettle leaves on the top of this soap will eventually float away I have laced the soap with powdered nettle leaf for good measure. This also gives this soap a natural pale green color.
The lime and spearmint oils give this soap a clean fresh aroma, plus the spearmint essential oil holds antiseptic properties which are particularly good at combating greasy skin or any other various skin irritations such as itching or acne.
For a totally natural batch of homemade soap you can substitute the lime fragrance oil with Lime essential oil (which by the way is an excellent astringent). Having said that please also remember that lime essential oil does tend to lose its scent very quickly in cold processed soap, so you will need to add ½ a teaspoon of benzoin or vitamin E at trace along with the essential oils, this will act as a fixative.
- 20 oz (567g) Crisco (vegetable fat)
- 6 oz (170g) Coconut Oil
- 6 oz (170g) Palm Oil
- 12 oz (340g) spring or distilled water
- 4 1/4 oz(120g) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda)
- 1 tablespoon of Nettle Leaf Powder (this can be varied depending on the color you wish to achieve)
- 1 handful of dried Dried Nettle Leaf for decoration
- 1 teaspoon Spearmint Essential oil
- 2 teaspoons Lime fragrance oil
Specifics To This Recipe
Use the Cold Process Method plus the following recipe specific steps:
- In Step 4 – Combine oils and lye when both temperatures equally reach 130° F (55 C)
- In Step 5 – At trace remove a small amount of the soap mixture from the pan and mix it with the powdered nettle, and then return it back in to the pan stirring rapidly. Add the essential oils and mix well before pouring into the mold.
- In Step 6 – I find this particular soap takes a little more time to harden so I tend to leave it in the mold for 48 hours before trying to remove it.
- In Step 8 – After a couple of weeks of curing dampen the top of the soap with a little water, give it a bit of a rub and then firmly press into the dried nettle leaf. Continue curing for another 2 to 3 weeks.
- After curing I wrap this soap in kitchen wrap this helps to keep the nettle leaf decoration firmly in place.
Photos From Making This Soap:
Have you made your own soap? What ingredients did you use?