I’m a fan of giving credit where credit is due and I have to credit Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks for this project.

Several weeks ago, Amy posted a tutorial on her blog of how she made her Dead Sea Spa Bar (it’s an excellent tutorial and an excellent soap), and I was really excited to give it a try.  When I first started soaping I was fascinated by all the ‘stuff’ that was available to soap artists and I went a little nutty buying exotic ingredients (I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with Tahitian sand).  Dead sea mud was another buy that was just waiting for an opportunity.  Dead Sea mud is rich in natural minerals and has been used for thousands of years to revitalize, exfoliate, and purify the skin.  Interesting trivia:  the Dead Sea was the location for the first health resort.  It’s most notable guest – Herod the Great.

I’m proud to present the Mediterranean Swirl.  This was created using a technique called ‘in-the-pot swirling’.  It’s a fun technique that involves dividing the soap batter, coloring and then pouring it back into the main soap pot.  As you pour into the soap mold the colors swirl together and the really neat thing is that each bar is unique.  In this instance, I left the main soap pot neutral and tinted a second portion white.  I added Dead Sea mud to the third portion which turned this lovely grey color.

When I created the recipe for this project, I wanted to maximize the benefits of the Dead Sea mud by using oils that pamper the skin.  I selected olive oil, wheat germ oil, hemp seed oil, shea butter, avocado oil, almond oil, and several others to provide wonderful moisturizing properties.

I scented with a blend of essential oils including, spearmint, rosemary, and ylang ylang.   As the soap has cured the spearmint has faded back and allowed the ylang ylang to take center stage.

I’m very pleased with how this soap turned out and look forward to working with Dead Sea mud in other projects.

Until next time – bon savon!