I often look to the Mediterranean for inspiration in my soap making. The history of soap started there, maybe that's why!
I have added rhassoul clay not only for visual contrast in the soap, but it's skin benefits are great. Clays soften, soothe, remove toxins and don't dry out the skin.
In my search for rose like scents, I came upon palmarosa. It's scent is reminiscent of rose, but not as heady. Combining it with bergamot, ylang ylang and black pepper creates an exotic scent vacation! I believe it actually changes your mood.
The other ingredients I use to make soap are water and lye. These two things combined with base oils of coconut, castor, olive, avocado, canola & sunflower, create soap. There is no lye present in my finished bars of soap. Just pure moisturizing soap.
Average size for this bar is 6 ounces. This is a fairly hard bar of soap and you will get your money's worth if allowed to dry out between uses.