Cute soap balls that look good enough to eat!
Though they may look like truffles, these little cuties are soap balls! Don't be phased by the many steps, I just wanted to make it clear :) Not only do they smell great, but they are great as gifts, party favours etc. or just as a substitute for regular soap. For the spices and seeds, I used ground cinnamon, all spice and poppy seeds, but you could use anything, ground ginger, sesame seeds, like I said, anything! To decorate I used star anise and cloves, but left some plain. Just search your pantry for any odd spice or decoration to use. You could also shape your soap into hearts, flowers etc. Have fun with it! Also, sorry for the very few photos, I completly forgot to take photos while I was cooking :(
Measure out 350g of soap flakes, and place them in a large bowl.
Add 5 tbsp of water and 1 tbsp of olive oil.
Use a butter knife (weird, I know, but it keeps the mixture light) to mix the ingredients together.
Knead the dough until it resembles slightly crumbly play dough.
Roll the mixture into small balls, about as big as a slightly small ping pong ball.
Place 2 tbsp of each spice or seed into a small bowl.
Dip each soap ball in a bowl of cold water, and roll in your chosen spice or seed until fully covered (Or slightly covered if you want to save some of your precious spices!)
Optional: Decorate balls with star anise or cloves.
Leave for an hour or two to harden and they will be ready to use, giftwrap etc.