Botanicals or herbs are perfect to add to soaps for extra dimension and properties. Herbs can be sprinkled on top of your soap to add some extra flare. They can also be ground up and added to the soap mixture for an exfoliant. Botanicals can also be used as an all natural colorant for your soap. Keep in mind some herbs might lose or change color as the soap dries especially in cold and hot process soap.
Botanicals with a relaxing effect include rose, lavender, calendula and chamomile. For a rejuvenating and stimulating effect peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass and rose can be used. A soothing effect can be added with calendula and eucalyptus. Peppermint and lavender can also be used for sore muscles. There are endless possibilities with fragrance and botanical combinations.