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The last news article for SHAPE International showed the process of making soap. This is a continuation of that article showing how to add color to the soap by drying locally harvested orange peels. At the end of the article are pictures of ladies in the solidarity group selling the soap they made.

Previous news article on soap production process: http://www.shapeinternational.org/2013/06/15/soap-production-in-burundi-africa/

Collecting the dried orange peels.

The lye, oils, and water must first be combined and then the essential oils, coloring, or desired fragrance can be added. Fragrances and essential oils are harder to come by in developing countries so John Mann demonstrated how orange peels can be dried and ground up to add color and appealing scent to the soap.

Crushing the orange peels
We have the convenience of plugging in a food processor to blend food rapidly, but in Burundi, Africa (and many other countries) it must be done manually. A mortar and pestle does the trick.

Crushed orange peels

There are still some orange peel chunks that must be broken down further. Once the orange peels are completely ground, the powder can be added to the soap.

Adding the orange peel

The soap is mixed slowly as the powdered orange peels are added.

Pouring the mold

The soap is ready to be poured into a box with a liner.

Cutting soap
The ladies used twine to slice the soap.

Soap blocks

Preferably the soap should cure for two weeks before being used.

Selling soap

The process is complete and the ladies are ready for business!

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