Thursday, February 21, 2008
Chocolate Peppermint Soap
Birch Bark handmade soaps are lovely. Sherrie, Birch Bark's creator, sent me a few bars to try. Each one of them was wrapped up in a stamped natural cotton bag tied with twine, just like the photo. This is the first time I have seen this presentation in person. It is pure, unique and almost rustic, which adds to the sense of the pure and natural approach she takes with her soaps. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband (great photographer, btw!) and makes soaps at home.
I had the pleasure to try her Chocolate Peppermint soap with cocoa butter which was smooth as ever and smelled like a York's Peppermint Pattie. It wasn't overpowering, but gentle on the nose and perfectly scented. This soap felt smooth and had great slip with zero drag, and created bubbly foam immediately, which I loved. I do like the thick frothy suds that come alive quickly like that.
Here is the description they have on Etsy: "This is the richest soap we could come up with! Full of moisturizing cocoa butter, along with brewed chocolate mint tea and real cream, it is suitable for mature and/or dry skin. Essential oil of peppermint along with cocoa butter give this a delicious, mild chocolate-y mint fragrance. This makes an excellent shaving soap because of its intense moisturizing and fluffy lather."
The ingredients are: olive oil, cocoa butter, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, castor oil, brewed mint chocolate tea, cream, sodium hydroxide, peppermint essential oil. I love that they use brewed tea. I think that adds such a nice touch and smell.
The picture below really shows how smooth and creamy it feels.
You can read her blog, which has amazing photographs of her works in progress and final soaps. To purchase them, check out her Etsy shop here.