I've seen a lot of very experienced and trusted soap makers write that no soap can be 100% all-natural because lye is a man made, lab-created, unnatural substance. I tend to agree with that principle because it just makes sense, and I don't want to make any claims about the ingredients of my soaps that might possibly be untrue.
That being said, I thought I'd come back from my soaping hiatus by making a few "mostly natural" soaps. Here are my first two.
A shea butter and activated charcoal soap, with kaolin clay and tussah silk, and BB's Karma essential oil blend, a "nearly natural" (how fitting!) dupe of a Lush fragrance. This was one of those scents I really didn't care for in the bottle, but came through beautifully in the soap, soft and almost masculine. My honey disagrees though, and says it smells like old woman perfume, hehe.
Spearmint and anise, one of my favorite essential oil pairings, this soap smells divine!! This soap also includes activated charcoal, kaolin clay and tussah silk, along with French green clay and dried spearmint leaves (a little too much, I am afraid). I cheated and added a lovely shimmery mica when I didn't get the color I wanted from the green clay.
I'm looking forward to making at least a couple more batches of "mostly natural" soap sometime in the near future, so stay tuned!