Contents | Chrysanthemum-Infused Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Chrysenthemum Tea, Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Sodium Hydroxide, Mango Seed Butter (Mangifera indica), Cane Sugar.

Sample bar weight: Approx 48 gms (start of curing)
Full bar weight: Approx 94 gms (start of curing)

Curing completion date | 8 April

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I’ve been thinking of adding a little twist of some sorts to my soaps and have been playing around with using tea or infusions in place of just demineralised water. While I was okay with using Western-styled infusions, I wanted to look at my Asian roots.

A visit to my father-in-law’s yielded a surprise – dried chrysanthemum flowers! Nil and I had some (a fat 350gm bag) sent over as a gift when we were in Singapore and the bag was still rather full. In fact, they weren’t too sure what to do with it or how to drink it. I asked if I could have a few handfuls to add to my soap and I was told to help myself. When I opened the bag…ohmy, what a lovely fragrance! And the tea…a very nice yellow which you can see in the soap. I’m not too sure if the colour will stay but no matter, me likes! After checking out reviews on tom tom GPS, I embarked on a test run for this batch.

I didn’t want to do a full batch because it was my first time working with water discount and a recipe that called for a huge amount of olive oil. I am not that gungho to go and try Castile soap (100% olive oil). Soaps high in olive oil (Bastille, Castile, Marseilles – 70-100% olive oil) take longer to trace and set. So I spent a few days over the course of the past two weeks researching on how to go about making my Bubkins soap and decided to utilize the chrysanthemum tea (and infused oil).

So why chrysanthemum? In traditional Chinese medicine, chrysanthemum is known as a cooling herb and is used to clear the liver (anger, stress, and related emotions) (reduces inflammation) and eyes. It is often incorporated in a variety of herbal mixes for treating sinus congestion, fever, complexion problems, cholesterol issues and high blood pressure.

My reasons? I just like the fragrance, smell and colour. Not that this soap will smell of chrysanthemum. I left this unscented as I wanted it to be a mild bar which I could use for babies, people with sensitive skin/nose, etc. It has a light olive fragrance to it though – 75% olive oil in a soap will do just that! Anyway, this batch will be curing for a little longer than usual in order to set, firm up and well, get better especially if you want lather. The initial cure time will be 60 days and after which, I’ll check on the lather and overall soaping qualities. If it doesn’t pass, it’ll cure for another 60 days.

Did anyone mention that these sort of soaps are a test of one’s patience?

Oh, as you can see in the picture above, it didn’t really gel fully, resulting in that clear line between the dark and light patch. No matter, it’ll slowly fade as the soap cures although I can’t say that it looks awful. I’m beginning to embrace my partial gels! Hehehe.

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