I haven't posted here in quite awhile, but I was wondering if someone could tell me if using fresh mint in my melt and pour soap is advisable or should I dry the mint first? Thank you.
I do cp, but all I've ever used is dry. I think there might be a chance of spoilage if something with any moisture content got used. I could be wrong though...;-)
That makes sense Debi. Thanks for the reply.
It is best to use a good dry herb because even in soap fresh herbs can mold or mildew and it would be a shame to ruin all the work of doing a batch of soap. I only do CP and goats Milk Rebatch but all I use are dried herbs.
It is my understanding (and I may be wrong) that even dried herbs eventually turn brown and yucky and may spoil, because they absorb moisture. The soap will not have a long shelf life. As I said, I may be wrong.
I've used dried rose petals & dried lavender in soap. Both turned brown, & discolored the soap. I don't know if they would have spoiled eventually-they looked so bad I threw them away.
Thanks for all the feedback everybody.
I hadn't gotten around to trying dried herbs yet. I think I'll stick to using the essential oils instead of the "real thing."
Now that I think about it, dried herbs might look really strange once they begin to come loose while washing, mixed in with the lather!
That was kinda my thinking about adding herbs and stuff to soap- I know they look nice but I really didn't want to use a bar of soap that had "stuff" coming off on me!
Hi-I am a new member and have been lurking for several
months--too afraid to try a message - but when it comes to
soapmaking I have to jump in! You all have saved me alot of mistakes! I use the soap and give it as gifts. I was
considering adding fresh herbs to my soaps, but was afraid
of just what you have discussed. My problem is finding
excellent essential oils, etc. Any suggestions?
I look forward to more conversations with all of you!
Hi Ernie2- I've only bought essential oils from one company and that is Mountain Rose Herbs: (mountainroseherbs.com). I found them online probably from the advice of a fellow soaper on this forum. There's a thread on here called Yet Another Link (YAL) with tons of great links!