Pure Olive Oil (Castile) soap$5.00 $9.00
This soap is a celebration of slow living, soap making, and olive oil that comes from trees and the work of women who live far from here and to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude, because local plants infused in olive oil is the foundation of almost all of our products. Thank you, trees. Thank you, women. Thank you, land.
Humans have been leaning on olive oil for thousands of years. We choose olive oil because our own ancestors loved and trusted it, and because the long-time, well-established use and trade routes tend to make it easier on the land, planet, and people working with them than other oils typically used in home and body products today. Our bars are remarkably soft on the skin, and they are dense, heavy-for-their-size bars that last a long time. They also require long cure times. Most of our other soaps and bars cure in 6 to 8 weeks. These we cure for at least 6 months, and, like us, they get better with age. ;-) No essential oils mean these are as gentle on sensitive skin as anything we make. And you can also choose to use the bar as a cleaning bar around the house--castile soaps clean grease, for example, really well!
Storage and life of the bar: To extend the life of the bar, store it where it can dry quickly after use and where it doesn't get regular spray from the faucet. Ideally give it a place of honor on a soap holder or folded up wash cloth, which will help it dry more quickly.
Size: Roughly 3.5-ounce bars cut to be comfortable in the hand from the beginning. These soaps are made by hand in small batches and then hand cut by cool women, not machines. The long (6-to-12+ months) curing time means they lose a tiny bit of water and size from the day they're cut. This means most bars are cut just above 4 ounces and that the bars can range from 3.5 ounces to 4.2 ounces, and they have a natural (some might say "wonky" shape). We keep anything smaller than that for ourselves and our families, and to give as gifts to neighbors in need, and to cut up and give as free surprises and samples to those who buy our products. We're not machines, people, nor do we want to be. :-)
Ingredients: Organic extra virgin olive oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, & sodium lactate.
Packaging: These soaps come without packaging!
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