|This is jewelweed also known as touch-me-not|
|The original top of the soap|
I spent most of the spring and summer looking for jewelweed in my area that I would be able to harvest for making soap. Jewelweed is a traditional treatment for poison ivy and poison oak. They are often found in a fairly close proximity. The part of the plant that is useful is the stem. The juice in the stem is the effective portion.
|The original soap color|
I used frozen jewelweed extract instead of water for my lye solution. It took a few minutes to get all of the ice melted with the lye. After I made sure that all of the lye was dissolved, I started measuring out all of my oils.
|Looks like camo right.|
|Ready for sale|
After cooking the whole batch down, I divided the batch into three parts. I colored one third black with activated charcoal. I colored the second third white with zinc oxide. I remolded the soap into my now clean molds using the ever popular spoon plop technique. I thought that if I made the soap look like camouflage then maybe the men folks would not be as hesitant to use the soap. My brothers can be a bit hesitant to use my "voodoo" stuff.
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