Old fashioned, cold process lard soap, from my "soaping with Saints" series, borne of my love of history, theology, inspiring women, and faith.
Mechtilde (Saint Mechtilde) - Lavender, Sage & Juniper
Inspired by St. Mechtilde. The trouble with history is that I'm so fascinated by it, and could write paragraphs. Keeping things short is difficult, and that could be said of describing the life of the very steadfast Mechtilde, who was a Benedictine nun in the Middle Ages. She was gifted with a beautiful voice and presided as Cantrix throughout her entire lifetime, often described as a "nightingale". She was the author of six books and the teacher of St. Gertrude the Great.
Size: 4 oz net weight
Ingredients: Lard, Castor Oil, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Unless unscented "Maria" soap)
My aesthetic for this year's range of soaps is simple, elegant, fragrant. Lard soaps yield a gentle cleansing action, soft and creamy lather and a bar that is hard and long-lasting. All soaps are hand poured, trimmed, beveled and polished during the curing process. All bars have natural variation in finish and color due to the nature of being handcrafted, and there can be variation from batch to batch.
My soaps are farm-crafted from lard we render on-site, from our own free ranging rare breed Kunekune pigs. Old fashioned lard soap is made through a cold process, using lye, which creates a chemical reaction between the fat, yielding... soap. Contrary to popular belief, lye soap isn't harsh. Soap that is properly cured will not be drying or irritating to the skin. Lard is a fat most similar to the sebum produced by our own skin, making it gentle and suitable for sensitive or dry skin. Learn more about the history of lard's uses, and why it fell out of favor for cooking and personal care products.