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actually turned out a winning recipe that is still an all time favorite.
I made this soap with real brewed green tea, yummy real honey, and meyer lemon essential oil. It smells incredibly awesome. It makes really nice bubbles and the scent as you shower is amazing. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this soap. The fresh scent of the tea lingers on your skin, lovely. I substituted the water in the soap recipe for brewed green tea. Worked like a charm.
This is a very natural bar of soap, no colorants, or chemicals, very yummy with the added bonus of real honey which is naturally antibacterial, a great cleanser, and a humectant, which means it draws moisture in and helps retain it. More.......
The recipe I designed has Olive oil which contains at least four different antioxidants, which can help "neutralize damaging free radicals that can lead to skin aging and skin cancer" according to Leslie Baumann, M.D., author of The Skin Type Solution. The most potent antioxidant being hydroxytyrosol, which is actually rare and is the one that prevents free radical damage. Olive oil is suitable for all skin type,is a great anti-inflammatory and skin moisturizer.
I also used Cocoa butter which is another good moisturizer that keeps skin soft and supple and feeling really great. It is a very stable, concentrated natural fat that is easily absorbed into the skin. It actually creates a barrier between the skin and the environment and helps retain moisture. Women have used cocoa butter for centuries to help prevent and treat stretch marks.
I used Grapeseed oil next, I love the lightness of this oil, its smoothness and its absorbability.
Shea butter has to be one of my favorites, a very popular luxury butter used in soaps. Legendary beauty Egyptian Queen Nefertiti is known to have used shea butter in her beauty routine. Only grown in Africa, it is taken from the nut of the Shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii), its properties renew, repair and protect the skin against aging and climate effects. Rich in vitamins A,D and E, it also helps in collogen production.
Coconut oil I used for its great cleansing and super bubbles and antioxidant properties.
Bees Wax I used to help harden the bars, plus it smells SO good in soap.... with its antioxidant properties as well as being a humectant, its a real winner.