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Friday, March 3, 2017

Fair Friday- Minty Clay Melt & Pour Bar

Today's recipe comes from the Bramble Berry and Soap Queen web sites. It is really easy to make your own soap. You buy a base, melt in the microwave, add fragrance and pour into a mold.

This project is just a bit more complicated due to the layers. The key is to spray each layer with isopropyl alcohol. I put the alcohol in a spray bottle.  Give this recipe a try, it is worth the effort to create these beautiful bars. They turned out so well that I took several to work to give to my co-workers. They were thrilled with them.  The green layer contains zeolite clay and spirulina power, the black layer has activated charcoal, all of which are good for your skin.

When doing this recipe, measure out the soap amounts with a scale.

All of the ingredients can be ordered from the web site.

Minty Clay Melt and Pour Bar
 25 ounces clear melt and pour
25 ounces Shea butter melt and pour base
3 mL peppermint essential oil
3 mL Rosemary Essential oil
1.5 teaspoons poppy seeds
Green Zeolite Clay
Activated Charcoal
Spriulina Powder
10 inch Silicone Loaf Mold
99% Isopropyl Alcohol

Prep the color by mixing 1/2 teaspoon activated charcoal in 1/2 tablespoon 99% alcohol in a separate container. Mix 1 teaspoon green zeolite clay in 1 tablespoon isopropyl alcohol. In another container mix 1 teaspoon spirulina powder in 1 tablespoon 99% isopropyl alcohol.  Make sure all the lumps are smoothed out.

Cut and melt 20 ounces of the clear soap base in the microwaved.  Once melted added the charcoal mixture.  Mix with a spoon to mix. Add the peppermint essential oil.

Pour 10 ounces of the mixture into the mold. Reserve the rest for later. Spray the top of the soap with isopropyl alcohol.  Allow the soap in the mold to cool.

While the soap is cooling, start on the next layer.  Cut and melt 20 ounces of the Shea melt and pour base.  Melt in the microwave. Once melted add the Rosemary essential oil and the poppy seeds.  Allow the soap to cool to 125 F.

Spray the first layer again and pour 10 ounces of  the white poppy seed layer on top. Spray with the alcohol to disperse any bubbles. Set the rest aside.

Cut and melt 5 ounces of the clear and 5 ounces of the Shea butter base. Melt in the microwave. Add the green clay and the spirulina mixtures to the base. Stir to combine. Let cool to 120 F.

Once the poppy seed layer has hardened, spray with isopropyl alcohol and then pour the green soap on top.

Let the green layer harden. Re-melt the poppy seed mixture.  Let it cool to 125 F. Spray the layer with isopropyl. Pour the poppy seed layer on top of the green layer. Let it harden. Spray with alcohol to disperse any bubbles.

Remelt the charcoal layer. Let it cool to 125F.  Once the white layer hardens,  spray with alcohol and pour the final black layer on top. Spray the top with alcohol to disperse any bubbles.

Let all the layers harden overnight.  Take out of the mold and cut into bars with a knife.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 208 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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