MELANGELL lard soap - Oats, Dried Hay, Balsam & Vanilla - New & Available 4/11
Old fashioned, cold process lard soap, from my "soaping with Saints" series, borne of my love of history, theology, inspiring women, and faith.
Melangell (Oats, Dried Hay, Balsam, Vanilla)- This soap was inspired by Saint Melangell, a Patron Saint of Rabbits and Hares! My goal with the fragrance was to create something that evoked "rabbitness". As someone who raises rabbits, that was a combination of some of their favorite foods (oats, dry hay) as well as some soft/warm scents such as balsam and vanilla. I'm very pleased with how this soap turned out!
Here's the story of Melangell from Welsh antiquarian Thomas Pennant- "Her legend relates that she was the daughter of an Irish monarch, who had determined to marry her to a nobleman of his court. The princess had vowed celibacy. She fled from her father's dominions and took refuge in this place, where she lived fifteen years without seeing the face of a man. Brochwel Yscythrog, Prince of Powys, being one day a hare hunting, pursued his game till he came to a great thicket; when he was amazed to find a virgin of surpassing beauty, engaged in deep devotion, with the hare he had been pursuing under her robe, boldly facing the dogs, who retired to a distance howling, notwithstanding all the efforts of the sportsmen to make them seize their prey. Even when the huntsman blew his horn, it stuck to his lips. Brochwel heard her story, and gave to God and her a parcel of lands, to be a sanctuary to all that fled there. He desired her to found an abbey on the spot. She did so, and died abbess at a good old age."
Size: 4 oz minimum net weight
Ingredients: Lard, Castor Oil, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Unless unscented "Maria" soap)
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.
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.