In an earlier post, I mentioned that I’d soon be showing a new soap, now cured, that required a completely unique fragrance mix — as well as a pretty complex ingredient formula. It was hand-milled (in other words, made twice over) in order to get just the right texture, hardness, color, lathering and gentleness that I was after. So here it is:
The ingredients, made in the cold-process method, included olive oil, coconut oil, spice-infused rice bran oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, castor oil, and coconut milk. It was colored with red clay. The fragrance is layered: the gentle bottom note is the scent of earth after rain, followed by a developing aura of curry spice, coconut, sandalwood, amber, and patchouli, and finished with a delicate top note of the beautiful scent of pomegranate and osmanthus flowers in the sun. It was finished with a stamp of two hearts becoming one, and hand-brushed with gold and pearly white micas.
It was a genuine pleasure to make, and so far it’s a delight in the shower. It was made in honor of two friends — and I’ve called it “Monsoon Wedding.”