It’s that beautiful time of the year…early May, warm breezes, spring flowers and all the best hopes for the fun to come.
At Anna’s EsSCENTials, I’ve been planning something all winter, and I’m on my way! I started creating my herbal flower anti-aging soaps last fall, and two are done. See Karma & Hibiscus and Calendula & Mango for details.
The third in the series I could not do, however. The herbs I needed were NOT AVAILABLE here from any of the herb vendors I could find. So, I ordered some herb plants for this soap, and they arrived this week. One of the ginger plants is shown above.
This is pretty exciting stuff. Now I’ve just got to grow the herbs all summer and harvest them in the fall. Maybe the third anti-aging herbal flower soap will be done before Christmas.
Our newest soap for the spring is out of the molds and onto the drying racks. It’s called Karma & Hibiscus, and it’s meant to bring good things into all our lives. Karma is the second in a series of three soaps in our new “Herbal Flower Anti-Aging Soap Line.”
I’ve been planning this handmade artisanal soap for a while. The important difference in this special soap is that it is made with an infusion of herbs and flowers specifically chosen for their skin-care properties, and especially anti-aging ones. Because of its anti-oxidant qualities, hibiscus is one of the primary ingredients. However, there are others. From Asia comes an herb called Fo-ti, which is valued for its ability to protect skin from free radical damage. This wonderful, mysterious herb has been touted for centuries in the East for its anti-aging properties.
Have you heard of an herb called cleavers? It is excellent at providing relief for skin inflammation, eczema and psoriasis. It also has the wonderful ability to tighten skin as it loosens with age. Licorice is another herb with skin healing properties, relieving sunburn and insect bites, as well as being an anti-inflammatory.
There are oils that are also especially helpful in anti-aging formulations, and one of those is avocado oil. We used a helping of that as well as shea butter and mango butter, along with our tried-and-true friend, olive oil, to give this soap a deeply emollient quality.
And what does it smell like, you ask? Karma is a work in progress (which means the soapmaker intends to tweak it until she’s satisfied), but in its first iteration, I’d describe it as soft, relaxing, deeply sensuous and alluring. This blend is comprised of: Patchouli, Orange, Lavendin, Pine, Lemongrass, Elemi, and Gardenia Extract. It takes only a little imagination to decide this complex blend truly is the bearer of some excellent karma.
The wonderful thing about being a small artisanal handmade soap enterprise is that we can do the research and come up with products that are uniquely effective. We have no huge advertising budgets, and our soaps are packaged simply (but attractively we think). We distribute them and even do most of the sales ourselves (with the occasional help of some really good friends). The bottom line is that we can prepare amazing products at a fraction of the cost of commercial products. And I maintain we offer quality far beyond what those commercial manufacturers even dream of.
So thank you to all of Anna’s EsSCENTials’ friends and supporters. We hope you enjoy this latest addition to Anna’s herbal flower anti-aging soaps. We’ll have it ready to go at the Kentucky Crafted: The Market trade show in Lexington March 3-4.