This dense, softening soap holds our own grown-at-Silly Dog Studios lavender infused in organic olive oil for two months. The bars are remarkably soft on the skin, and because they're so dense they 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. ;-) Because they lose a little water during their long curing time, sometimes their shape may be slightly imperfect. Other soap makers cut the imperfections away to make small, perfect, little bars. We LOVE the imperfections and prefer the bigger bars as they are. We hope you do too.
This soap is a celebration of the lavender we love, and of olive oil, which comes from trees and women who live far from here to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude, because local plants infused in olive oil are the foundation of almost all of our products. Thank you trees. Thank you women. Thank you ancestors. Humans have been leaning on olive oil for thousands of years. We chose 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 it than other oils typically used in home and body products today.
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 4 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+ months) curing time means they loose a tiny bit of water and size from the day they're cut. This means most bars are 4 ounces and that the bars can range from 3.5 ounces to 4.7 ounces, but most are 4 or more. We keep anything smaller than that for ourselves and our families, and to give as gifts to neighbors in need (last year it was soaps to a local homeless shelter and to frontline healthcare workers at my mom's memory care home), 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: Whidbey grown (at Silly Dog Studios) lavender infused in organic extra virgin olive oil, plus distilled water, sodium hydroxide, & sodium lactate.
Packaging: We wrap our soaps and shampoo bars in a small piece of food-safe parchment paper to ensure safe handling. If you would prefer no packaging at all, you can write that in the comments field when you order, and you'll get them bare naked! If you live off island and we ship them to you, they will still need to show up in a box. We're magic, but not that magic. Yet. :-)
Medical Disclaimer: The information on this page is for general reference for further exploration and study. It is not intended as a replacement for professional medical advice. I'm an herbalist like my grandmother before me, and I am interested in community, planetary, personal, emotional, and spiritual wellness. I have a doctorate degree in education (EdD). I am not a medical doctor or a scientist, nor have I been pregnant or raised children. I lean on ever-deepening relationships with local forests, plants and herbs and flowers and lichen, local wise women, ancestors, other herbalists, insects, birds, and I love learning traditional folk ways from people who love to share them across old boundaries, every chance I get. I intentionally study forests and plants directly, plus community wellness and connectedness, resilience, self-organizing groups, playfulness and deep fun, and life as experienced by those with different ancestors than my own--because I believe these are what we need to learn more about right now. I don't study human illness and disease. So please, to make well-informed decisions for yourself, seek the guidance of your qualified health professional, such your medical doctor, nurse practitioner, naturopathic physician, and/or clinical herbalist with questions regarding your medical conditions, dosage information, and possible interactions with prescription drugs. This is especially important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking prescription drugs, have a chronic disease or any chronic concern, have allergies, or if you are considering using products with children. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.