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Citronella and Pennyroyal Soap

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Citronella and pennyroyal are natural insect repellents, and are especially good at keeping mosquitoes at bay. Make this mild soap in time for the summer holidays, whether staying at home or travelling to warmer destinations.


You will need:


250g grated castile soap

125g spring water

10 drops citronella essential oil

5 drops pennyroyal essential oil





Spray three soap moulds with cooking spray.


Melt the castile soap and spring water together in a double boiler or bain marie. Simmer until the soap mixture is creamy and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the citronella & pennyroyal essential oils. Spoon the soap into the moulds and leave overnight to set. Next day, turn the soap out on to a wire rack and leave to firm up for two weeks, turning once each day to avoid warping. Makes 2-3 bars.







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