Those who know me, or who visit the Soap Shop regularly, are probably aware that some of the shelves get a little bare during April when my day job demands extra time and attention for a non-profit fundraiser. Our Catholic Charities Wine Tasting Event usually lands on the last Friday in April, and while the Soap Shop remains open on Saturdays, soap production gets relegated to the back burner for a few weeks. The fundraiser involves a significant amount of work; upon returning to the soap kitchen, my subconscious need for rest and relaxation must have been strong since the first two soaps I made involved lavender . . . that lovely spring-time scent known for its soothing and relaxing qualities!
Honestly, the lavender soap is also one of the most popular soap bars in the shop, and I was completely out . . . not a good thing when the soap needs to cure for 4-6 weeks before it's ready for sale. But the situation provided the perfect opportunity to change things up a little bit, and to add another lovely option for you to try.
The original lavender soap bar that has been so popular is made with essential oil---a plant-based fragrance that is often discussed for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, expectorant, stress-relieving, antiseptic and analgesic properties. In an effort to honor the natural integrity of this lavender soap bar, I've chosen to make it with natural lavender buds rather than the lavender colorant that I have used in the past. The lavender color is now being used in a new soap bar that has a lovely lavender and cedar fragrance; if there was ever a masculine version of lavender, this is it. It's a fresh clean scent, and I think you'll like it.
So there you have it: wash the adults down with lavender soap after a tough day; wash the kids and grandkids down with lavender soap at night for a calm and peaceful bedtime; or get a fresh clean start to your day with the Lavender and Cedar Soap Bar. Let me know what you think in the comments below!