I know this may look like a lump of coal, but it's really a lump of wintery goodness for those angelic souls on your 'nice' list.
This soap gets its coal color from activated charcoal, one of those all-around wonder ingredients like baking soda. I use it for everything from making my own homemade mascara or adding it to cocktails for a gothic touch! Many people take it internally to help with bloating or apply it to bug bites to reduce swelling and suck out poison. See what I mean? Wonder product.
This activated charcoal is also a massive detoxifier and purifier which makes it great for your skin especially when cold weather and other elements wear it down. The crisp pine scent is reminiscent of a wintery wonderland and acts as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. I get my shea butter soap base from amazon.com, but you can also find it in some health food stores--same goes for the activated charcoal. This soap makes a great gift for that special someone--your mountain man or earth woman--who likes a good homemade self-care product without super sweet scents.
60 drops pine essential oil
1 heaping tablespoon activated charcoal powder, sifted
Chop shea butter soap base into half inch chunks and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for one minute and stir. Then continue to melt base in the microwave in 20-second increments, stirring between each heating until liquefied, about 5 minutes. Once the soap is melted stir in essential oil and sifted powder. Pour into muffin tins and allow to set, about an hour. (You can speed this up by placing them in the fridge for about 20 minutes). Remove soap from molds by gently inserting a butter knife around the edges of the muffin tin until the soap pops out. Wrap individually in plastic wrap or tuck multiples in an airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place indefinitely. Makes about 4 soaps. Enjoy!
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