Recipe for Chamomile Honey Exfoliating Bar Soap

I love drinking vanilla-scented chamomile tea with a little honey, it's incredibly soothing and smells wonderful.

If only I could put that great, comforting scent in a soap ... oh wait, I can!

Recipe for Chamomile Honey Exfoliating Bar Soap

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You'll Need:

- vegetable oil-based melt-and-pour bar soap (1 bar, which is about 6 ounces)
- distilled water (2 tablespoons)
- baking soda (2 tablespoons)
- virgin coconut oil (2 tablespoons)
- organic honey (2 tablespoons)
- chamomile essential oil
- vanilla essential oil
- soap mold




Recipe for Chamomile Honey Exfoliating Bar Soap
Directions:

1. Mix the water, baking soda, virgin coconut oil and honey together as well as possible, making sure there are no baking soda clumps and that the honey and oil are as evenly distributed as possible.
2. Cut up the bar soap (I prefer using virgin coconut oil-based bar soap) into smaller pieces and place it into the mixture, then heat it up over a double boiler. Make sure you heat up the mixture using a double boiler method, and not direct heat under the pot.
Recipe for Chamomile Honey Exfoliating Bar Soap
3. Continue to gently mix the ingredients together as it heats and the soap melts. This is when you'll start to notice the warm, sweet scent of honey and see the soap mix in to create this wonderfully light golden color. Make sure you occasionally scrape the sides of the pot to prevent any honey from burning.
4. When the mixture is completely melted and mixed, take it off the heat. Add 15 drops of chamomile essential oil and 5 drops of vanilla essential oil. I find this gives this amount of soap a beautiful, subtle chamomile scent without being too overwhelming, but feel free to add more or less according to your liking.
5. Once the essential oils are completely mixed in, gently pour the mixture into your soap mold. I like to tap the mold a little after I've poured it in to make sure the bubbles inside all rise to the surface.
6. Keep the mold in a cool, dry place to sit for at least 24 hours before you remove your soap bars. This will help ensure all the water has evaporated and that the soap has hardened enough for use. If you try to manipulate the bars too soon they may be too soft and either crumple or become misshapen.

Recipe for Chamomile Honey Exfoliating Bar Soap
To Use:

This is a mild and great moisturizing soap that actually works great for body, face and even your hair. So use it however you like.

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This is a great soap to use during the summer or autumn, with the chamomile fragrance giving it a great summery scent while the sweetness works for the fall season. The baking soda I've included in the recipe also gives slight exfoliating properties.

Hope you have fun making it!

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