Palmarosa - Perfect for pre-Christmas tension
|The cups and saucers were my grandmothers. I never|
use them, they are too small. But I really love them.
I have been cutting and wrapping a lot of soaps lately and one of the prettiest in the pink Palmarosa scented one. Palmarosa smells a lot like roses but is a lot more affordable. The essential oil comes from Cybopogon martini a grass that is related to Lemongrass. The benefits of Palmarosa EO is said to be to balance the skin's production of sebum, stimulate cell regeneration and moisturize. It is also antiseptic. In aromatherapy it fights depression, anxiety and anger. It is relaxing and uplifting for the mood. What a great combination. In fact absolutely perfect for the preparations for Christmas.
The soap is coloured with my favorite, Rumex oil, at about 20g per pound. It never ceases to amaze me the way that starts out tan or beige and turns overnight into a pretty pink. I got the idea to put the rosebuds on the top at the spur of the moment and crushed a few as well. A friend gave them to me some time ago as a tea, but I couldn't bear to use them. I really like the result, so I made a few other soaps with similar decorations, but different flower stuff.
I made this recipe with lard and grapeseed oil both of which I find to be very nice ingredients in soaps. The total weight is 741g, a whacky number, but...
Olive oil 34% 250g / 8.8oz (25 gr of this was Rumex infused)
Coconut oil 24% 175g / 6.2oz
Lard 18% 130g / 4.6oz
Grapeseed oil 16% 116g / 4.0oz
Cocoa butter 9.5% 70g / 2.5oz
Water 30% 222g / 7.8 oz
Lye 103g / 3.6 oz
I reduced the water from what I have used and I think that worked really well. I cut it after a much shorter time and now I know why I have read warnings about soap getting to hard to cut.
The fragrance is lovely and I really look forward to using this soap. I like the decoration. I have been playing with that and I have gotten wise to the fact that you really, really need to plan the cut and decorate with that in mind especially when using larger pieces of flowers or buds. These I had to be creative with to be able to cut them without ruining the decoration.