A year and a bit ago I had no clue what a cold pressed soap was all about or melt and pour or hot pressed (actually I had a tiny bit of information but very very tiny and this is a story for a future blog). I have learned in the meantime that making soap, artisan soap ... is an ART. Yep an ART with capital letters. When one starts to investigate (loving Agatha Christie's books helped me big time) one opens Pandora's box. All sorts of things come out .... the chemicals that the mainstream manufacturing companies add to the soaps, creams, shampoos on top of a sudden realisation of the tons of wasted plastic bottles, small, medium, big used which end up in piles and piles all over the world from the bottom of the sea to the highest picks of the mountains. Am I suddenly preaching? Nope ... I was and still am guilty of using plastic bottles all over the house BUT, BUT, BUT ... I am slowly changing my habits ... it's been a year since I bought the last liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner ... yep I am pretty proud of myself ... everything starts with a single step.
OK enough with the preaching and let's go back to the CALENDULA soap ... a soap recommended even to the people with very sensitive skin and even for children.
You might like to know that the healing properties of calendula petals are perfect for soothing an itchy skin as well. Most of the olive oil I use in the recipes is infused with calendula petals or with rose petals. The beauty of calendula petals is that they can be used as you see in the image, even in the mix, creating lovely random designs. The olive oil infused with calendula that has been used in the recipe makes a more moisturising bar, something you skin will thank you for.
What are the ingredients in this soap? Here they are ... calendula infused olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, distilled water, lye... and yep that's pretty much it.
Usually the soap needs 4 weeks curing time and it lasts for at least 18 months!
A little tip
In order to extend the life of your soap you can cut it in 2 or 3 and use them in different bathrooms. They will soon be available to buy from my new ETSY shop called Beehivecosmeticsshop.