Having run out of people to give these short shelf-life beauties to I decided to investigate their use in soap! To my surprise figs are highly valued as a soap ingredient and when teamed with honey they act as a 'humectant' which attracts moisture to the skin, whilst the seeds make a great exfoliant.
I've made a batch this morning using an olive oil base and a high proportion of shea butter. I was interested to see that when adding the pulped fig and honey it has turned the soap a gorgeous orange colour.
However, previous experience tells me that this may well fade as the soap cures and I'll have a better idea when I unmould it tomorrow. So......watch this space!
3 days later....
It's unmoulded and cut. It looks and smells gorgeous. It has faded in colour as I expected but has an appealing look and has far exceeded my expectations largely due to the fact that when adding 'botanicals' to soap, the saponification process so often results in a rather grey unattractive bar.
Now I have to wait four weeks before I can test it!!!