We created this soap for the many moms and loving mom-like humans in our lives, for Mother's Day, which here in the U.S. is celebrated in May. Our Love You Mom soap is made with Whidbey-grown rose bud, new leaf, and petal-infused organic olive oil (both our own cultivated roses here and also ethically wild gathered petals of Rugosa and Nootka native roses on friends' non-sprayed land on the island) and our own lavender infused into organic olive oil. The soap contains some rose clay, too, and is remarkably soft on the skin. The rose and lavender soap recipes were swirled together into a beautiful organic pattern. A few of the soaps even have hearts in them. Gina claims that was entirely by accident, but I'm convinced she's far more skilled and talented than she herself knows. Large, 4-ounce bars.
The name of this soap came to me a few months back thanks to my own Mom. We hadn't been able to visit Mom in her memory care home for several months because they had a terrifying and deadly Covid outbreak, which she survived, but many other moms, grandmas, and great grandmas didn't. Mom's had Alzheimer's disease for 17+ years, so we're never sure if she'll know us or be happy to see us, even during the best of times these days. What would she be like after our first ever several-month absence? She was sleepy at first, but the words "Love You Mom" lit up her eyes quickly, just like always. She hasn't been able to speak back to us for years, but she communicates plenty still. That light and sparkle in her eyes says, I Love You, Too. I'd bet my life on it.
Ingredients: Whidbey-grown rose petals (some grown here at Silly Dog Studios and some ethically wild-gathered on friends non-sprayed land) and lavender (grown here at Silly Dog Studios) infused into organic extra virgin olive oil, plus coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, rose clay, bentonite clay, and rose, geranium, and lavender essential oils.
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.
Size: Large, roughly 4 ounce, bars. These are made by hand in small batches and hand cut by cool women, not machines. This means most bars are 4 ounces and that the bars can range from 3.8 ounces to 4.7 ounces, 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. :-)
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: Don't use these products if you are allergic to the ingredients, and always stop using a product if your body doesn't like it. These gentle plants are our trusted friends, and yet we all respond to plants differently: that is the nature of relationships with the living. To make well-informed decisions for yourself, especially if you haven't used rose and lavender on your skin before, 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, and/or you have allergies.
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 who leans on ever-deepening relationships with local forests and plants and herbs and flowers and lichen, local wise women, ancestors (my own and others'), other herbalists, and learning traditional folk ways from people who love to share them, 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 lived by regular folks--because I believe these are what humanity (at least my part of humanity) needs to learn more about and become better at right now. I don't study illness or disease, I'm not a doctor or a scientist, and I've never been pregnant or had children.