My 100% tallow and 100 % lard soaps are pure and natural and mild, but are not great sellers here. People in this neck of the woods want fragrance and colour, but I do not use either, at least nothing chemical. So, I began an experiment. I used one bar of coconut, 1 bar of lard, 1 bar of tallow and a small sample size of spearmint, plus 2 bars of Beeswax, milk and honey. The soap was soaked whole overnight. Normally I would have run the bars through my old Saladmaster grater and shredded it, but it is in the other house and I did not want to walk over to get it. The soap sat for 2 days, then I mushed it.The Beeswax and pure lard soaps were too hard to mush, even after soaking for two days, so I deliberate broke them up with my hands and a fork and soaked them some more overnight. I regret adding the spearmint soap because the few little leaves look odd in the new batch.
When most of the soap was soft enough I was going to stick blend the batch for uniformity and cook it in the crock pot to ensure even melting. The stick blender is still in the other houes too, drat, so I used the miniscule coffee grinder. I know, I know. I should have just gone to get the stick blender. But the job got done and then I left it to cook. All I really wanted was to melt the pieces to have a uniform smooth look. Had I blended it, it would have been perfect, but it was alright as is, except for the odd bits of the lard soap that still did not melt in. Hard stuff that soap is!
The paprika infused extra virgin olive oil was just added in a tiny amount for a dash of colour, but it had little effect in such a minute quantity. After it was smooth and hot, I added the essential oils, fennel and Divine Essetials "Forgiveness" blended by myself. The fennel is very overpowering and all that one smells currently, but it might fade somewhat in the curing process, though the soap is already soap and does not require curing as much as it does drying.
This fennel soap will mask human odours and is great for fishermen who bait their own hooks to remove the smell of the hands, plus it is excellent for lingering odours such as onions and garlic. Cooks whose paws smell strongly of onions and garlic will find washing with the fennel soap will help with fresh hands immediately.
Now, onto the next new out of old soap! Oh yeah, the lather is creamy, not bubbly and very smooth as I would have anticipated, since the tallow soap does not lather at all. There is enough coconut in the mix, plus soft oils to give a lather though and the soap seems to be moisturizing, not drying. Very nice!