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Gardener's Soap — By: Katie Hacker


  • 12 1/2 ounces opaque avocado cucumber glycerin soap
  • 1 teaspoon ground chamomile
  • 1 teaspoon crushed lemongrass
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 5 drops lemongrass fragrance
  • 2 pinches Golden Poppy soap colorizing powder
  • 5 7/8”x3” loaf mold

Designer Tip: Spring is here which, for many of us, means it’s time to get out in the garden. Use this gently fragranced handmade soap in your own home, or give slices of it to all your green-thumbed friends–the addition of cornmeal makes it just rough and tough enough for washing up after a day of gardening.  


  1. Melt the soap in the microwave or on the stove top: For the microwave, place the soap in a microwave safe container and microwave for 40 seconds on high, then in 10 second intervals until all the soap is melted. For the stove top, place the soap in a double boiler and set over low heat until completely melted, stirring slowly to encourage melting.
  2. Add the herbs, the orange peel, the cornmeal and the lemongrass fragrance to the melted soap and stir well. Add the colorizing powder and stir until completely dissolved. Pour the melted soap into the loaf mold and let cool at least 60 minutes until completely set.
  3. When cool, pop the soap out of the mold and onto a cutting surface. Use a knife to slice off 1” to 2” thick pieces for individual use.

Project from Natural Soap Making. This fabulous resource is filled with 54 soap project ideas for use around the house, for gifts or just for fun! Complete with color photos and step-by-step instructions, each project in this book has been pre-tested, so you’ll get great results the very first time!

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