Rosehip soap balls

Olive oil soap's rich lather helps calm irritated skin, while the natural rosehip oil imparts a sweet but subtle scent. Aloe vera and honey are added to maximize moisture, while sandalwood and vitamin E both have anti-aging properties. Buy olive oil soap and aloe vera gel at health food stores or online.

5'/i oz. (150 g) soft olive oil soap 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon rosehip oil 10 drops sandalwood essential oil 10 drops patchouli essential oil 1 x 500-IU vitamin E capsule

I Lightly grease small silicone soap molds with canola or peanut oil. Chop or grate soap and place in a double boiler over simmering water. Stir until melted.

2 Remove liquefied soap from heat and stir through aloe vera gel. honey, rosehip oil and essential oils, and the contents of vitamin E capsule. Mix thoroughly. Pour soap mixture into molds. (Decorative soap molds are available from craft suppliers. Alternatively, use silicone mini muffin or friand tins. Do not use metal, because it's too difficult to pop out the soap.)

'. Leave in a cool, dark place to harden for 1 week.

T To remove soaps from molds, run the tip of a sharp knife around the edge. Wrap soaps in tissue paper. Note that this type of soap will remain slightly soft.

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