The starting point for our peppermint soap was to create something that would suit everybody in the family. Not that my partner has any qualms about using rose geranium soap, but it’s fair to say that they wouldn’t be his first choice if he was choosing on fragrance alone.
Peppermint was first in the queue
Peppermint is one of my all time favourite herbs. It grows voraciously and we pick the leaves continuously from spring onwards. The surprise comes in summer when the mint develops a pretty mauve flower that becomes a bee and butterfly magnet. If you look closely at our wrapped peppermint soap, you’ll be able to spot the flower.
One of the things I like most about its oil is the cooling qualities on the skin. This can be refreshing on the summer, when skin has had a little too much sun, or generally feels overheated.
The scent holds up particularly well during the soap making process. We use a judicious amount in the recipe - refreshing is pleasant, tingling is not.
The theme is green
Once settled on peppermint, we looked for a partner oil. Avocado oil which we tend not to use because it leaves soaps with a green tinge, finally came into its own. It’s a brilliant match for the peppermint oil, high in Oleic acid which soothes the skin.
There was another more personal reason for using avocado oil. It allowed us to substitute it for sweet almond oil, which we’ve used in our other soaps. Our photographer, Domonic White, who has a severe nut allergy, has to wear gloves when handling the soaps. It seemed fitting we could finally give him a soap that he could actually use!
The final result
As a family, we all have a favourite soaps. Surprisingly it’s my almost teenage daughter who reaches for this one first. The peppermint oil is perfect for her combination skin. It’s been the soap of the summer for all of us, cooling on hot days and leaving the skin in good condition.
I’m finding the soap is particularly at home in the kitchen. Its robustness cuts through the lingering-on-fingers scents of garlic and spices. Not every soap we develop makes the grade and through to the final collection, but this one is a most definitely keeper.
(Left to right: Peppermint Wrapped Soap, Little Round Peppermint Soap)
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