I’m a huge, huge fan of black licorice. I know the flavor is a bit polarizing and my stance might be a little controversial…but I think it’s delicious! While anise and licorice are completely different, they smell very similar. Produced from the seeds of the anise star, Anise Essential Oil has a wonderful warm and slightly medicinal smell. These Star Anise Melt and Pour Bars are made with a fresh combination of Anise Essential Oil and Orange 10X Essential Oil. The orange notes brighten the anise and create a fantastic blend.
To create a rustic look that complements the smell, real anise stars and cinnamon sticks are embedded into the top of the soap. I just love the way the anise stars look. They give a great holiday feel without being “too Christmas-y.” The green color in these bars come from a natural blend of green zeolite clay and spirulina powder. The anise star can be poky, so keep that in mind when washing with these bars. You may prefer to wash with the bottom of the soap to avoid any scratchiness or peel off the clear melt and pour layer that the scratchy hard embeds in them. Or, you may prefer to use these bars solely as hand soap. They’re just too pretty not to use in some way =)