Sassafras trees grow all over Virginia. I love their weirdly shaped leaves and licorice flavor. I infused the spring leaves in rice bran oil for a year, then used it in soap. You can see some wee faint speckles of real sassafras powder, but it's not overly licorice-y. If you DO want a nice strong anise scented soap, check out Black Licorice and Fisherman's Friend.