Fancy Fir Soap
My Fancy Fir Soap features my favorite essential oil, okay ONE of my favorite. I could smell fir essential oil all day long. Yes, it smells just like a new Christmas Tree but it isn’t just for Christmas. I don’t think it is fair to deprive yourself of the scent of fir tree all year long! This is Fancy Fir because we put bit of colorful soap inside to make it, well, fancier. My Siberian Fir essential oil
According to an article in “Fir Needle Essential Oil — Fight Cancer, Infections & Even Odor”
“Fir needle essential oil is said to have a grounding and empowering effect stimulating the mind while encouraging the body to relax. When you feel stressed or overtired, taking a whiff of fir needle essential oil can be just the thing to help calm and re-energize you, making it a great way to relieve stress.”
Moisturizing and cleansing, this bath or hand soap is super-fatted for extra gentleness. Soaps change weight as water evaporates from them but it doesn’t change how long the last. My soaps usually weight between from 4.5 to 5 oz.
Fancy Fir Ingredients
The ingredients in Fancy Fir Soap include: Saponified Oils of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sustainable and Organic Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Organic and Sustainable Palm Kernel Oil, Beeswax, Fir Essential Oil (may contain traces of fragrance from other bits of soap used for decoration.
Fancy Fir Soap is an Olive Oil Soap
Olive Oil makes a luxurious soap bar and is one of the most conditioning oils available. More exotic oils might be as conditioning but aren’t as creamy and will soften a bar while costing considerably more to make.
To achieve a soap with a rich, bubbly lather, coconut oil provides plentiful bubbles but also creates a hard bar that cleans well. In fact, coconut oil is so good at cleansing that there is a real art to getting just the right ratio of ingredients to make sure it isn’t too cleansing.,
Fancy Fir Soap uses only Sustainable Palm Oil
Ziryab’s only uses organic and sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil. I believe in supporting the existing sustainable and organic palm industry rather than moving the problem if exotic vegetable oils to another, less well known area of the world. Please see my blog about the sustainable palm oil industry.
Bubbles are Best with Castor
I use Castor Oil because it is the only oil that provides so much creamy, conditioning, bubbly goodness in such a little amount. When it comes to soap, it is truly a miracle worker.
Why I choose to use Beeswax in my Fancy Fir Soap
Beeswax makes a good soap great. It hardens it and adds conditioning creaminess to a bar. I struggled to find a vegan option here, wanting to provide soap to those of us who do not use beeswax but the other solutions didn’t work or were too chemical for my tastes. I try to source my beeswax from small, local beekeepers whenever possible. Beekeeping is a necessary industry to growing vegetables and beekeepers must be able to support their efforts through the sale of their harvest. Most beekeepers I have met love their bees and tend to them carefully and humanely. I would like to support these type of beekeepers.
Essential Oils and Fragrances
I prefer naturally derived smells and at least half of my soaps use only natural essential oils. If I use a fragrance, they are always phthalate free. I test the fragrances on myself first. I get headaches from certain fragrances so if that happens, I don’t use the fragrance in my products.