|Today begins our second day of using kitchen spices in soap by using dill weed, which is the leaves and stalks of the dill plant.
Dill is typically used as aromatic flavoring for pickles, butters, fish, and breads. Dill is a popular herb in the Baltic region of Europe and used in gravlax, borscht and other soups.
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We are going to use the higher end of the water recommendations in the Lye Calculator so we can mix the dill in easily. We are also making this soap in dry weather so the soap will dry/cure quickly. If you are making this in a humid location, please use a dehumidifier to help dry out the soaps.
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well.
Combine oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. Upon light trace, add the dill. Stir well. Pour soap into molds. I used the Rubbermaid Drawer Organizers #2915 as the mold. Allow to sit until soap is firm.
The next morning cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.
After looking at the finished soap, I think the best scents for this soap would be either garden or herb-like scents to play off the speckled appearance and the fact that the additive is a common cooking herb. Several scents that I can think of off the top of my mind would be Lemon since lemons and dill are frequently paired together, Lemongrass, Basil, Black Pepper, Autumn Afternoon, Green Mango, Sweetgrass, or if you want a surprising twist then pair dill with Orange.
The Dill soap samples have been sent to the Shipping Department to send out in orders. I really want to hear your comments about this or any of the other soaps with kitchen spices. I hope that anyone wanting a sample soap will request one and if we have any samples we will send them to you.