Along my soap making way, I’ve acquired an eclectic collection of essential oils. Small bottles of Black Cumin, Oregano and Turmeric sat on my shelves. I’m not sure where I picked them up. They aren’t traditional aromas for soap making. I wasn’t sure what to do with them.
On a Facebook Live on February 24th, I decided to make an Herbal soap. I used the three essential oils above, and added a few “herb-y” samples I found. Tarragon, Dill, Thyme. I started getting excited about my herbal soap.
The oregano seems to take over the blend, so this is the perfect kitchen soap. I added some pumice powder to help scrub your hands clean. As soon as I went off camera I realized what the soap was missing. Mom’s dried oregano on the top. I ran and grabbed the jar and sprinkled it on top.
Here’s the back story. Mom grew rosemary, oregano and thyme in her back yard and would dry the herbs on her back porch. We’d tease her, telling her the oregano in the plastic Ziploc bag looked like pot. After mom died and we cleaned out her house, we found her jar of oregano. It was labeled “Oregana (AKA Pot)”. We laughed so hard we cried, and then we cried harder.
This soap was cut on February 25th. It’s a triple butter soap, containing shea, mango and cocoa butter, in addition to olive, coconut, and palm oils. It has a true herbal aroma. Each bar has a sprinkling of mom’s “Oregna (AKA Pot) on top.
Yours in Gratitude,
Mom grew and dried fresh herbs.