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Panchachandan aka Five Sandalwood Soap!

March 20, 2011

Chandan Santalum Album - a small or moderate size evergreen semi-parastic tree

Many seas were crossed to bring you this limited edition  soap.   Magellan, our epic hero, would be proud of this creation–it was indeed made with the spirit of travel, adventure and discovery. 

This new  soap’s scent is of many sandalwoods of different origins including East Indian, West Indian, Indonesian, Australian and African.   I’ve use it  in a  cold process soap with a creamy lather made with olive, organic sustainable palm, coconut, avocado and castor oils.

Sandalwood is an exotic wood scent.  It is used in many religions and is said to bring clarity in meditation and bring you closer to the divine. Buddhists believe  that sandalwood scent  transforms one’s desires and maintain a person’s alertness while in meditation. Sandalwood is used to reduce anxiety in Ayurvedic treatments.   

Sandalwood essential oil was popular in medicine up to 1920-1930.  As in all my soaps I make no medical claims, but encourage your own research.  Folklore is fascinating, but balance it with current reputable science.  

Panchachandan Soap just unmolded

The best sandalwood comes from Mysore, Indian.  It is currently grown on government plantations and is very limited in its harvest.   Poachers are a huge problem in this area.   To help make sandalwood more sustainable many countries are growing different types of sandalwood for essential oil production.  Currently Mysore Indian Sandalwood is running about $1200 per pound of oil.    To make a more ethical and economical sandalwood fragrance this blend was created.  Even so,  a group of perfumers and soap makers went in on a large buy to get the price as low as we could achieve.   No poached sandalwood or any adulterated ingredients are used in this blend.

I’ve named this bar Panchachandan Soap (punch a chun dhun) which means five sandalwood in Sanskrit ( an ancient language).  This was suggested by one of my more knowledgable soap fanciers.  He pointed out that the English gave it the name Sandalwood because they couldn’t pronounce the East Indian word for it and it really has nothing to do with the sandals you wear on your feet.  I also like the idea of using Sanskrit for this bar since this is truly a timeless scent.

But it is totally OK to ask for the Sandalwood Soap!

With travel on my mind,

Lori Curry

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 20, 2011 11:42 PM

    Lori, as usual you have created a beautiful soap and chosen a very appropriate name for this special sandalwood blend. Your swirls are just beautiful and the timeless journey of this precious oil can be seen in the mosaic of colors of Panchachandan. I just know this will become a favorite of all. ~Jo


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