Monday, November 9, 2009

Vanilla Haze

Vanilla Bourbon & Tonka Bean soap by Daybreak Lavender Farm

Two years ago, a guest blogger wrote about Daybreak Lavender Farm and particularly about a soap that I only now am seriously drooling for: Vanilla Bourbon & Tonka Bean soap.

I think two years ago when the post was written, I had been so inundated with artificial vanilla scents my entire life, that I was Vanilla-Overdosed, if you know what I mean. It wasn't until recently that I have found a new understanding and appreciation for the real Bean. In fact, my appreciation is turning into something of an obsession to find the right scent for me to create so that I can cook up my own bubbling potion in my cauldron. I am not there yet, but my journey begins. That later.

My desire (obsession) made me wander and I found the Bean and she had already been discussed here and I didn't realize it. I found her on my own. Doesn't the soap look down right edible?

The ingredients sound loving to my skin: Handcrafted of Ghanaian unrefined shea, mango and cocoa butters at in a rich base of Grade A olive oil with high oleic sunflower oil, coconut oil, pistachio oil, and castor oil.

This is how they get their soap prepared SIX MONTHS ahead of time!

Starting six months before soapmaking day, we take an insane number the finest Madagascar Vanilla beans to infuse our sunflower oil so that the orchid's elusive perfume deeply permeates every molecule of your bar.

We then add extravagant amounts of Vanilla Absolute and Vanilla Essential Oil -- along with Tonka Bean Essential Oil for a rich bottom note -- and just a touch of something very secret for the briefest of top notes.

A connoisseur's collection designed for the soap aficionado, Herbal Apothecary soaps are all handmade in small batches using the cold process method. We use only pure plant-based ingredients including natural oils, butters and waxes. We scent this exclusive collection with only pure essential oils. This creates a gentle, mild soap which is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, moisturizing and cleaning your skin.

Each bar weighs 9 ounces and costs $18.95. I thought it was a 5 ounce ouncer for $18.95 which would scare me away completely, but with all the amazing and very expensive oils and butters she puts into the soap, I can't imagine her charging much less.

I wish I had a little slice with my coffee right now so I could attach it to my nose, do some relaxing breathing and then have it join me for a bit of a shower. Doesn't that sound like a Vanilla Bean Dream?

Or am I in a Vanilla Haze?



Anonymous said...

Vanilla hazes are better than purple ones. :>

That's quite the complicated, plan-ahead process for that soap...but I'm sure that the resulting soap and scent are well worth it.

Carmen Rose said...

Fake vanilla can be O so disappointing but the real thing... *sigh!* There isn't anything like it. I'd love spend a little quality time with a bar of that soap just inhaling!! =)

Dörte said...

das muß eine grandiose Seife sein!

liebe Grüße Dörte

Amy W said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I've wondered how one might capture a true vanilla scent in CP soap. Obviously, it ain't easy!

dove philippines said...

Wow! great i like that soap,how can i buy that soap?


FuturePrimitive said...

bloody heck..amazing or what. i would love to try infusing some vanilla in oil...just don't have the blooming time x
the soap does look edible though. gorgeous. said...

That is some amazing looking soap and what an amount of work that's gone into it! Expensive but soooooo worth it!