Now this soap was one I knew I wanted in the range. I didn’t actually know what it would contain initially but I knew I wanted at least one soap recipe in the range to have a very minty refreshing scent that would be great to use in the warmer months. The ingredients were built around the scent! And it came together very well as the strong uplifting notes very cleverly cover the seaweed scent without totally masking it. They actually complement each other perfectly!
The clay is a French green montmorillonite clay which cleanses the skin without being harsh as well as drawing out impurities from the skin. In some tests, it has also been purported to have wound healing properties and has been used to treat dermatitis effectively. The clay is a pale green with a tinge of grey that doesn’t really impart a strong colour to the soap. It is very soft to the touch and can be used internally with a lot of water for an internal detox. I’ve used it this way a few times now and it has a surprisingly neutral taste.
So the seaweeds I use in this are organic kelp (ascophyllum nodosum) and organic spirulina. I also used to put sliced up organic dulse pieces on top of the soap slab as decoration and a little exfoliant but this made the soap difficult to cut into bars so I decided to leave this out as decoration but incorporate it into the lye water as dulse ‘tea’.
Organic kelp is full of vitamins A, B, E, D and K and a fantastic source of vitamin C. It is brimming with natural minerals and algin which is an element known for detoxing heavy metals and toxins.
Organic spirulina also has a high concentration of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, an antioxidant renowned for its role in maintaining skin health and vitality. It fights the aging effect caused by UV radiation and helps oxygenate the skin through containing the antioxidant SOD (super oxide dismutase) that also helps repair UV damaged skin. Lastly spirulina contains a surprisingly high amount of the polyunsaturated fatty acid GLA (gamma linolenic acid) that helps increase skin elasticity.
I decided to add a superfat to this in the form of organic cold pressed hemp oil, a highly moisturising and nourishing ingredient. This is another ingredient full of vitamin A and E as well as antioxidants which all help slow cell damage and aging. So all in all a bunch of pretty potent ingredients have gone into this soap!
I’ve already talked about the smell being very minty so yes this does have quite a bit of peppermint essential oil in it. Combined with similarly refreshing essential oils such as rosemary and eucalyptus, the fragrance is very uplifting and leaves an almost tingly fresh sensation on the body. This would be an especially fantastic soap to use in the warmer summer months.