Pike Place Market
This soap is inspired by the days I have put in at the Pike Place Market. Setting up and tearing down a business every day makes for some dirty equipment. It also makes for some dirty hands.
I took my experience and combined it with a few things that remind me of the market to make a new soap. This soap also uses a technique I have never used before, one that involves splitting the recipe in two. Each part receiving different visual and scent ingredients, then combined in the mold to produce a highly unique looking (and smelling!) soap.
The soap has beeswax in it, one of my favorite soap additions. It also has essential oils of orange, coffee, copaiba & cedarwood with vitamin E. The ground coffee is added to provide contrast, but most importantly is an excellent natural scrubber and deodorant. So, it works well as a kitchen soap.
The only other ingredients besides the above listed are water and lye. These two things combined with base oils of coconut, rice bran, olive, castor & sunflower, create soap. There is no lye present in my finished bars of soap. Just pure moisturizing soap.
In the pictures you notice a design on the soap. It is pressed into the soap by a brand made by metalsmith David Tuthill over at http://davidtuthillmetals.com. He does amazing work!
Finished bar size is roughly 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.