Just about all of the Made to Order soap here has a minimum order size stated to be 1/2 of a pound. This size designation is based on the minimum amount of oil weight that is used to make the soap which is 250 grams. 250 grams is actually a bit more than half a pound, but I like to use metric measurements when I am making my soap for greater precision. Anything smaller in weight than 250 grams is impractical with the tools and implements that I possess. The finished weight of the soap is a bit more than 8 oz. The soap on the right was made last night and will lose some weight as the water within evaporates, but it will still weigh around 11 oz when it is ready for packaging. Please don't expect every "brick" of soap to look like this one! This is a new variety that has honey added which usually darkens a soap depending on when it is incorporated, as well as ground patchouli which is a sort of darkish green. This soap will lighten a little as it dries more and ages. You can see places that are indeed lightening. I was in the mood for a really textured top, so I didn't smooth this a bit, nor did I squoosh it down much. I also used a square mold rather than the previous rectangular mold that I have been using for the minimum size.
I designed this soap with the herbal impact of the ingredients in mind rather than curb appeal, and I'm really excited about it! This soap variety contains calendula infused olive oil, raw Shea butter, coconut oil, and unsaponified chia seed oil, raw local honey and ground patchouli. It is scented with patchouli and palmarosa essential oils. I have no idea what to call it! I would love some help with this! Chichouli? Calendia? I'm very open to suggestions.