A celebration of olive oil, soap making, slow living, and a pure labor of love! Send this Slow-Cured Pure Olive Oil Soaps gift set to someone you treasure or give a set to yourself. This gift set includes one each of our pure olive, lavender olive, and comfrey olive soaps:
- One slow-cured Pure Olive Oil soap. Made with organic extra virgin olive oil, these soaps are dense, gentle, long-lasting, soft on the skin, and have remarkable cleaning power. We make and cut the soap by hand. Then the soap sits in our dark soap closet, curing, for 6 to 12 months, getting better by the day. Then we wrap the soap by hand. A labor of love all the way.
- One slow-cured Lavender Olive Oil soap. We infuse lavender from our garden into organic extra virgin olive oil for 8 weeks. Then, we make and cut the soap by hand. Then, the soap sits in our dark soap closet, curing, for 6 to 12 months, getting better by the day. Then we wrap the soap by hand. A labor of love that smells mildly fragrant and relaxing.
One slow-cured Comfrey Olive Oil soap. We infuse cultivated comfrey leaves and flowers from our trusted local friends' farms into organic extra virgin olive oil for 6 weeks. Then, we make and cut the soap by hand. Then, the soap sits in our dark soap closet, curing, for 6 to 12 months, getting better by the day. Then we wrap the soap by hand. Comforting comfrey. A labor of love.
The gift set comes with a Silly Dog Studios gift bag, which is a made-from-recycled-materials brown paper bag with our adorable logo on the front. It ships in a brown cardboard box. For an additional $5 we will ship it in a festive winter holidays gift box (with images of green and white evergreen branches, holly branches, and pine cones on the box--see photo).
Whidbey folks, you can choose the Pick Up option to avoid shipping costs at check out, and you can pick up from our herbal studio here. We can ship priority in the continental US until December 15, 2021 to get this gift to someone in time for Christmas. If there's another winter holiday you're aiming for (hurray for Diwali, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Boxing Day!), please allow 10 calendar days for shipping in the continental US. It likely won't take that long but we don't want to disappoint you if the post office decides to take its sweet time!
P.S. Castile soaps are typically defined as soaps with no synthetic ingredients or animal fats (true of all our soaps) and made with just olive oil and sodium hydroxide (which is true of just these three soaps for us) and made in a style similar to soaps made in the Castile region of Spain.
Storage and life of the products: To extend the life of the soap bars, store them where they can dry quickly (like on a soap drainer or folded dry washcloth) after use and where they don't get regular spray from the faucet. Unused, the soaps will last a very long time, possibly even longer than you and me. ;-)
Size of soap bars: The pure olive oil soap bars are roughly 3.5 ounces, the comfrey olive oil bars are roughly 3.5 to 4-ounces, and the lavender olive oil bars are roughly 4-ounces. We learned this year that they lose a tiny bit of water (and weight) in the extra long curing process, and we did the pure olive oil and comfrey olive oil soaps first, so we bumped up the size of the lavender bars a bit to compensate for the water loss. Our soaps are made by hand in small batches and hand cut by cool women, not machines. This means bars can range a little in size, but we keep anything accidentally cut too small for ourselves and our families, to give as gifts to neighbors in need (in the past few years that was soaps to a local shelter for unhoused people and to frontline healthcare workers at Mom's memory care home), and to cut up and give as free surprises and samples for those who buy our products. We're not machines, people, nor do we want to be. :-)
Ingredients in the pure olive oil soap: Organic extra virgin olive oil, sodium hydroxide, distilled water, and sodium lactate.
Ingredients in the lavender pure olive oil soap: Our own lavender infused in organic extra virgin olive oil, plus sodium hydroxide, distilled water, and sodium lactate.
Ingredients in the comfrey pure olive oil soap: Local comfrey (Symphytum uplandica x) leaf and flower (purple flowers) from our trusted friends' farms (Mountain Tree Farm and Workin Dreams Farm) and infused in organic extra virgin olive oil, plus sodium hydroxide, distilled water, and sodium lactate.
Packaging: We currently wrap our soaps in a small piece of food-safe, compostable parchment paper with a paper label to ensure safe handling. Consider recycling the paper or, better yet, rip it into pieces and use it as a great "brown" in your compost pile or bin.
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.