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Jan Berry is a writer, herbalist, soapmaker, and bestselling author of three print books: 101 Easy Homemade Products, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, and Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family and a menagerie of animals, where she enjoys brainstorming creative things to make with the flowers and weeds that grow around her.

Chickweed & Violet Leaf Melt & Pour Soap

Chickweed and violet leaves combine to create a soft natural green color in this skin soothing melt and pour soap.

two square soaps with an intricate design stacked on top of each other on a tree log surrounded by fresh chickweed and violet leaves

This soap is a fun and useful way to use two abundant springtime weeds!

Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a nourishing plant that’s used to promote lymph flow, and as a skin-soothing agent for itchy skin.

Violets (Viola odorata, V. sororia) are known for their cooling, moistening, and soothing properties. They’re often used in skin care products for eczema, like this Violet Leaf Balm Recipe.

Both of these plants also contribute a beautiful soft green color when infused into soap base!

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Lump of Coal & Snowball Soap Dough (Melt & Pour)

Melt & pour soap dough is similar to playdough, only you can use it for bath time fun once you’re done playing!

Lump of Coal and Snowball Soap Dough made with Melt & Pour Soap

After creating shapes with cookie cutters or playdough tools, you can use one or more soap pieces right away, or leave them to air dry for several days, then use the resulting shapes.

Alternatively, you can roll the dough back into a ball and store it in an airtight container. Soften it for five to ten seconds in a microwave on defrost mode, as needed.

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