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Frankincense and Myrrh Soap Balls

Written by Paulo Martirez on Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Making your own soap can be a complicated process. This is a very simple way of introducing your favorite smells to a basic, fragrance-free soap, using a combination of nourishing vegetable oil, oatmeal as a natural exfoliant and healing and nourishing honey. The soaps are scented with the heavenly combination of frankincense and myrrh. The spicy, woody scent of frankincense is uplifting, while the balsamic, must scent of myrrh is known to be anti-fungal and healing.

Materials Needed:
• 9 ounces of pure, unscented soap
• 4 fl. ounces water
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 tablespoon finely ground oatmeal
• 1 teaspoon sweet almond or apricot kernel oil
• 12 drops myrrh essential oil
• 8 drops frankincense essential oil.
• Cheese grater (fine)
• Bain-Marie (double boiler with a ceramic insert to evenly disperse gentle heat)
• Wooden Spoon
• Dried herbs (optional)

Instructions:
1. Grate the soap with a fine cheese grater.
2. Place the soap in the bain-marie with the water.
3. Gently heat over a low least. Gradually the mixture will form a thick and fairly sticky paste.
4. When the soap has melted, add the honey, oatmeal, oil and dried herbs (optional) and mix in well.
5. Transfer to a clean bowl.
6. Add in the essential oils.
7. Mix well.
8. Have a bowl of water on hand to wet your hands. Then take a small handful of the mixture and mold into round balls. You will be able to make approximately 2 large balls or 5 or so of the smaller ones.
9. Place on a sheet of grease-proof paper and leave it to harden for a week or so.
10. Your done.

Note: You can put the mixture in a shaped mold also.

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