Alexander of Sapunuri naurale http://sapundecasa.wordpress.com/ guessed correctly!
I was so hoping to give you some more clues, but Alexandra got it after only clue 2. . . My next clues were going to be:
Clue 3: It grows here in the Mediterranean region, both wild and cultivated. . .
Clue 4: The actual colour of this ingredient is beautiful and vibrant but so different to the resulting soap colour. . .
Clue 5: We eat it.
And well, so many more ideas for clues but the correct guess is. . .
Can you believe it?
This photo is the same soap, just taken later the same day. It has been difficult to capture the true colour with a camera. The actual colour is a beautiful deep greeny brown.
Congratulations Alexendra!!! Please send me your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a bar of the soap!
Here are the rest of the creative guesses. Thank you everyone!
Kelp/ Seaweed Powder
French green clay
cocoa bean infused olive oil
rosin, pine tar
Laurel (bay) in olive oil