Improved formulation for 2023! These hand and body soaps are made with Douglas fir and western red cedar branches gathered from trusted Whidbey Island forest floors after winter windstorms and sometimes branches given to us as gifts from trusted neighbors who had to trim branches due to deck or home expansion or home or land maintenance projects. We add a few local roses (rose petals, buds, and new leaves) to the mix because so many wild rugosa and Nootka roses greet us as we walk into and out of the woods here. For 2023 we also added dried and ground Douglas fir springtime tips for a double dose of our closest forest friends. This, again was the forests’ idea, not ours. The addition of the ground tips makes this soap more exfoliating and we now like it as a hand and body soap more than a face soap. The soap cleans like a champ and most people find the fir+cedar+rose scent to be both relaxing and uplifting--a magic that we entirely attribute to the forest we wander, listen to, and love.
We call this our forest-bathing soap, because for us using this soap in the shower or the bath has a similar relaxing, calming, and eventually invigorating effect to how we feel when walking in the woods. Sometimes it’s even more calming, honestly, because here we spend half our forest walks telling Cora dog to stop eating salal berries and blackberries and huckleberries, and slugs and ants and spiders, and bird poo, and horse poo, and other random things off the ground in the woods, while the trees look down on us with humor and delight. They live in our Safety & Welcome family because the forest helps us feel welcome on earth--exactly as we are--most days.
Storage and life of the bar: To extend the life of the bar, store it where it can dry quickly after use (such as on a soap rest, soap drainer, or on a folded, dry wash cloth) and where it doesn't get regular spray from the faucet.
Size: Four-ounce bars
Ingredients: Whidbey windfall and gifted Douglas fir and Western red cedar branches plus our own garden roses and wild roses (petals, buds, and new leaves) infused into organic extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, dried & ground springtime fir tips, and a small amount of fir, cedar, and rose essential oils (small amount of rose essential oil in jojoba oil).
Packaging: The soap boxes are reusable, compostable, and in some places, recyclable. Visit the Packaging page of this website for more details. If you would prefer no packaging at all, mention that in the Comments field when you order.