I am an avid gardener and I spend hours wrist-deep and bare-foot in sun, clay, and manure. While the last three ingredients result in beautiful vegetables, they take a toll on your skin. Dirt sucks the moisture out of your skin. Sunshine and wind further dry and age your skin. A good soap is a valuable commodity in a homesteader’s wash basin.
The Green Gardener bar is one of my absolute favorites. It makes a beautiful hard, pale green soap with a fantastic lather. Using nourishing ingredients such as moisturizing hemp oil, anti-oxidizing green tea and soothing, refreshing mint extract, this soap is great for dry gardeners’ hands. I added clay to 1/4 of the batch at trace to make a lighter layer on top, but this is totally optional. This one is a must for any gardener on your list!
This recipe is written for people who have made soap before. If you are looking for a basic soap tutorial with pictures click here.
- 32 ozs. Palm Oil (Sustainably Sourced)
- 27 ozs. Coconut Oil 76
- 16 ozs. Hemp Oil
- 15 ozs. Olive Oil Pomace
- 10 drops of Vitamin E Oil
- 13 ozs. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
- 30 ozs. Green Tea (yes, make up a batch of strong tea)
- 4 ozs. Peppermint essential oil or oils of your choice.
- 1-2 tsps. of Kaolin Clay (Optional)
- Combine the oils in a large pot and melt until almost totally melted. Turn off heat.
- Combine the lye with the green tea.
- Take the temperature of both and add the lye mixture to the oil mixture when the temperatures are the same. As long as the temperatures of both are within 5 degrees F of each other, and are between 90F and 120F, you can combine them.
- Blend with an electric hand mixer (stick blender) until the soap reaches trace.
- Working quickly to avoid cooling, separate ¼ of the mixture into a different bowl
- Pour the rest into your prepared mold.
- Quickly mix the clay with the ¼ batch. Then pour on top of the soap that is already in the mold.
- Cover with plastic wrap and then wrap the batch well with a towel.
- Store in a warm place (70 F) for 24 hours.
- Remove soap from mold and cut into pieces.
- Place soap pieces on edge on a towel where they aren't touching each other (kind of like dominoes) so they can harden and finish the soap making process. Leave for 3-4 weeks before using.