June 04, 2016

On the Shelf: Castile, Confetti, Lavender and Spearmint

On the Shelf: Castile, Confetti, Lavender and Spearmint | Artisan Soaps

What perfect weather for June Jaunt---a weekend of festivities all along K-96, from Ellinwood in the center of Kansas, all the way to Tribune, which is just miles from the Colorado border. Here in Great Bend, retail locations have been having fun with Jumbo Monopoly! Customers pick up a Monopoly game board at any of the participating stores, and then visit at least 18 of the stores on the Monopoly Board where they answer a local trivia question and get a stamp for that store's location on their board. It's kind of like McDonald's monopoly, only without all of the food! It's the perfect nudge for people to come to the soap shop, especially if they've been meaning to, but just haven't gotten around to it!

Meanwhile, I've filled four soap bins this week: Castile, Confetti, Lavender and Spearmint. There's something unique about each of these bars.

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You may have already heard of "Castile" soap. The name comes from the Castile region in Spain where thousands of rows of olive trees march across the land. Besides cooking, what does one do with all of that olive oil? Why, you make soap! Thus, following the Castilian tradition, a true bar of Castile Soap is made with pure olive oil; there are no other oils mixed in. This makes for a very moisturizing bar of soap, and a lather that is more creamy than bubbly. It's a perfect facial soap bar. Here at Artisan Soaps, the Castile Soap Bar is probably one of the purest in the shop: it doesn't contain any colorants or fragrances. It's just olive oil and filtered water. Click here to order; don't forget that there is free local delivery in the Great Bend area.

Being in the soapmaking business means that there are a lot soap scraps. Whatever doesn't go into the Imperfect Soap Boxes (A 1.5 lb box of imperfect soap that we sell at the shop for $5) can be made into Laundry Detergent or Confetti Soap Bars which, at $3, is just a little bit cheaper than the other bars. It's a perfectly good bar of soap! I've been using it at the kitchen sink for awhile, and I love how my hands smell after using it; just don't ask me what's in it, as it could have a little bit of everything BUT the kitchen sink! Not literally, of course, but you get the idea.

Those of you who are fans of the Lavender Soap Bar may notice that it looks a little bit different. Since the Lavender Soap is made with a relaxing Essential Oil, it's another soap that I want to keep as pure as possible. For this reason, I've chosen to move away from the lavender colorant that I have used to distinguish this soap in the past, and am using lavender buds in the soap instead. It's still a wonderful soap bar, and hopefully, even better than before. It's back on the shelf, and four bars have already flown out the door today. You can order that one here.

Finally, there is the Spearmint Soap Bar. This one is also made with Essential Oil, and it smells almost exactly like a stick of Wrigley's Spearmint Gum! No kidding! It's a delicious and refreshing minty smell.

So that's what's happening in the soap shop THIS week. There are more bars, and candles on the curing shelves, so stay tuned to see what comes out next week!