This is the last batch of my Gift of the Magi Soap. It is scented with a blend of essential oils featuring Omani frankincense and dark Kenyan myrrh. The cost of this scent blend has increased and will not be offered again unless next year’s harvest of its ingredients drop. I love my essential oils, but the prices are up and down like any farm crop, then throw in wars and government strife, and the product becomes very expensive indeed. So, I wanted this last batch to be special, as my gift to you. I’ve created a top swirl of charcoal and gold mica and there are only 24 bars. They will be available starting Nov 16.
May your Holidays be warm and filled with great scent. Peace on Earth for all!
Lori Curry ~ Magellan’s Gift™ Adventure and Discovery in Fine Soap
Magellan’s Gift™ Soap is usually purchased and then wrapped in Eco deli wrap. A card is always included listing ingredients, weight, batch number,where it is made, how to reach me and other tips. For gift giving you have a few options. Tonight I was stamping bags and preparing an order for a client and thought you might like to see them. I have several designs with and without my logo.
I picked it early in the morning, not the best time for full scent. In the bowl pictured, I somehow picked 100 grams exactly. It was only mildly scented.
I microwaved for 6 minutes and ended up with essential oil about the same amount as yesterday’s rosemary. The essential oil produced was surprisingly strong and without any “still note.” A still note is an unpleasant smell from sulfur and yeast cells. Copper stills have copper ions that combine the sulfur compounds and yeast cells keeping them out of the hydrosol and essential oils. Copper keeps the distillate sweet.
My rosemary essential oil currently has a slight still note. It will disappear with time and a little air.
My rose geraniums are ready to harvest next. I’m now growing three different types: Old Fashion, Attar of Roses and Bourbon Rose. Most likely I will distill these with my copper still. I’m after the hydrosol (flower water) and not the essential oil. The hydrosol I use as facial toner and for my soap balls. I want it fresh, sweet and now!
If everything goes well and my health improves, I will do distillation demos once a month at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market on Saturdays.
Back to making soap!
Lori Curry ~ Adventure & Discovery in Fine Soap!