Orange R & R
I had a lot of fun with this soap! I started with Rooibos Tea, Reishi Mushrooms and Cedarwood Essential Oil. I realized that although this was an awesome combination already, I needed to sweeten it up and add a little more detoxification. So, I added Orange Peel, Sweet Orange Essential Oil and Coconut Milk.
I’ve started making all my soaps with coconut milk because I feel like they should all have the anti-aging properties and extra moisture.
I’m just going to be upfront about this soap. I made this for me. I’m going to be 37 soon. I know that I’m still considered young to some, but I have started seeing my face change in small ways. I haven’t skipped a beat on moisturizing and exfoliating but I feel like it’s the perfect time to ramp things up. I also want to mention that because of the Cedarwood Essential oil this soap is not suitable for pregnant women.
Rooibos Tea is from South Africa. It’s an amazing tea that has tons of health benefits when consumed regularly. For our skin its perfect for eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rashes and acne because of it’s anti-itching properties. It’s high in zinc, alpha hydroxy, magnesium and calcium.
This added ingredient helps to reduce premature wrinkles. It’s great for pre and post sun exposure because of the bioflavonoids and polyphenols that protect and support our skin.
Reishi Mushrooms is actually known as the mushroom of immortality. They actually grow on dying or dead tree trunks (I could come up with so many jokes lol). This ingredient slows down the signs of aging, increasing energy, boosting immunity, detoxing properties and promoting healthy skin. Reishi Mushrooms are traditionally used in Eastern Medicine especially China because of its ability to reduce inflammation, acne, wounds, blemishes, swelling, etc. It can prevent free radicals from binding to healthy cells. Protecting and supporting a youthful look.
I added some Red Moroccan Clay for color and add to the detoxification properties of this soap. This clay removes impurities, has tons of minerals to help nourish and has the capability to shrink the size of our pores. It enhances skins elasticity and helps to unblock our pores at the same time, including those pesky blackheads.
Cedarwood Essential Oil is one of my favorite essential oils but I don’t use it often because it can be toxic to pregnant women. When I think of Cedarwood my keywords to remember it are: purification, longevity, health, protection, luck and banishing.
Emotionally Cedarwood relieves stress, eases depression, banishes stress induced insomnia (that’s why its in the sleep shower tab), and promotes a spiritual mindset. Some history: Before books were written and bound written scrolls and parchment were stored in cedar trunks. Cedarwood is a natural pest repellant. If something was considered of great work it was “worthy of being encased in cedar”. The skins of animals (calves, goats and sheep) were what parchment was originally made from thank goodness we’ve progressed from there! The animal skin has a similar composition to our own so imagine what cedarwood can do for you! 2000+ year old cedar chests were discovered at the Temple of Apollo. So my takeaway is: I’m going to live forever LOL!
Cedarwood is a natural antiseptic, it helps to tone and tighten skin and helps to regulate oily skin and dermatitis.
Orange Peel and Sweet Orange Essential Oil reduce dark spots, has antibacterial properties, boosts circulation, promotes cell growth and collagen synthesis. It also promotes smoothing of our skin! My keywords for Sweet Orange are: joy, prosperity, attraction, beauty and sensuality.
Quick History on Sweet Oranges: The originated in China but made it’s way to its current home in South Africa via trade routes around the 15th Century.
Bars are between 3.5oz. and 4oz.
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