Just before pppouring your soap into molds, add any of the following oils for a sweet smelling aroma; lavender, citronella, rose, rose geranium, rosemary, cloves, cinnamon, sassafras, lemongrass, or lemon. To the Basic Soap recipe, add 2 T. of one of the above oils; to Dr. Maggie's recipe add 1/4 c.
Citronella oil will leave you smelling like a lemon while making your skin lustrous. Besides smelling delicious, lavender oil is also good for acne. Olive oil is a good addition if your skin is dry; sandalwood oil is an effective astriingent and disinfectant. Oils that work as deodorant aids are thyme oil and patchouli oil. Other oils and combinations you may expperiment with are palm, mace, peach kernel, and sage.
To naturally color your soap, add the juice of fresh strawberries. Strawberry soap is a wonderful complexion soap. To make your soap lather, add soap bark her (contains saponin which creates a lather when it comes in contact with water).
To make a good shaving soap fill a glass soap mug with finished soap and add 1/4 ts. sage oil or clove oil or else add 1 T. of powdered sage leaf or powdered clove. Allow to cure on week before using. To really pamper yourself, use a luffa spponge as you bathe with your scented soap. The luffa, or spong gourd, is the skeleton of the Japanese Bottle Luffa (Cylindrica). When dry the luffa is flat; when placed in water it inflates into a luxurious bathing sponge.
Source: The Rodale Herb Book, 1974