Soap making secrets: Using juniper berries in handmade soap

Soap making secrets: Exfoliating juniper berries

Many soap makers use botanical additives to add visual interest or exfoliating properties to their soap. Lavender buds and rose petals sprinkled on top of a bar add texture and beauty. Ground walnut shells or orange peels mixed throughout a soap can add exfoliation.

My additive of choice lately has been ground juniper berries. Juniper berries are the tiny little pine cone of the juniper bush. They’re used to flavor gin and meat and their piney scent makes them a wonderful addition to potpourri. When ground up in soap, they act is a gentle exfoliant.

I use ground juniper berries in my best selling Rosemary Mint & Juniper soap. I buy the juniper berries whole and use a spice grinder to grind them into a course powder. I add a couple of tablespoons of the powder to the soap batter just before I pour it into the mold.

Rosemary Mint & Juniper soap

The result is a lovely speckled soap that’s wonderful for smoothing out rough patches on feet, knees and elbows. The rosemary and peppermint essential oils that scent this soap leave your skin feeling cool and refreshed.

Need a little extra exfoliation? This soap is now available in the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy. They sell out quickly so get yours today!

Rev it up with rosemary and mint

Revitalizing Rosemary Mint

Got the winter blahs? Are you falling asleep in your cereal, even though you got what would normally be a fine and dandy amount of sleep?

Emmet Street CreationsRevitalizing Rosemary Mint soap is what you need to get you going in the morning. Infused with rosemary and mint fragrances, just one whiff will shake you out of your mid-winter hibernation!

This soap also packs an exfoliating wallop; dried juniper berries gently scrub away flaky skin, while the nourishing oils in our formula restore moisture to skin left dry and itchy by winter’s harsh conditions.