New soaper Violet D. from sunny Arizona is a natural. This gal tackled a milk, honey, beeswax, oatmeal, pencil line soap recipe as the second soap she's ever made, and it turned out fabulous. Wow.
Quite an accomplishment!
Topped with organic calendula leaves, this bar is solid moisturizing goodness for your skin.
Her milk of choice was goats milk; rich in vitamins, particularly Vitamin A which is necessary to maintain healthy skin, along with minerals, and Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) that gently exfoliate and remove dead dry skin cells revealing healthy skin cells.
Oatmeal lends a gentle cleansing, soothing touch to the skin.
Honey being a natural humectant draws moisture to the skin, it is healing, and moisturizing.
You do not need a lot of honey per soap loaf, I use 1-2 TBL per 3 LB loaf, warmed and added at trace.
Keep in mind that honey will darken your soap some. The bottom layer in Violet's soap is colored only by the honey and oils, no fragrance was added to this layer. The top layer had a lovely essential oil and fragrance oil blend that contained vanilla. Vanilla will always darken your soap.
Nutrient rich beeswax is completely non toxic and non allergenic. Known for its healing properties and natural emolliency, (softens the skin), as it locks in moisture and protects skin from environmental factors. It is a great natural ingredient to add to your soaps.
I recommend using beeswax at a 5% ratio or below in your homemade soaps.
Enriched with shea butter, which is a great luxury oil to use in soap as it has such a high skin moisturizing, conditioning level without clogging your pores. Shea butter is known to help even out skin tone, acts as a great healer and is safe for baby, elderly and sensitive skin.
I recommend using shea butter at a 5% ratio. Some soapers suggest between 2-5%.
In 40 oz total oil wt. recipe, that would mean 2 oz. of shea butter.
The pencil line is cinnamon.
The color, scent, ingredients and overall look of this bar is wonderful. It has a warm, all natural, rustic appeal that will leave your skin soft and moisturized, not stripped of its natural oils.
Good job Violet, thanks for sharing !