Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Suds and Nuts

The shells of pistachios use to be dyed red to conceal the blemishes on mostly imported nuts. Now that much of what is on the market is Californian grown there are a lot of people that have only seen pistachios in their natural beige colored shells.
When I inhaled Earthworks Pistachio Soap I expected to find my nose stained red from pushing the bar too close against it.

This tripled milled soap is made with undyed, organic pistachios as well as other rich ingredients that include shea butter, jojoba, calendula and coconut oils. Making triple mill or French milled soap is a commercial process. Soap, which is typically made with synthetic detergents, is made, dried and then rolled three or more times through steel rollers to create a fine paste that is then pressed and formed into bars. There is usually no variation in color and texture and all the soap is identical.

Earthworks Pistachio Soap is made in England by a commercial soap manufacture with steel rollers that do the job. It is smooth with an old fashioned feel to it and leaves my skin moisturized and smelling lovely and yes, I crave ice cream after washing with it. I loved the bambo and mulbrerry tree pulp wrapping paper with its raised printed pattern that reminds me of old fashioned thermography printing.

This is another goody bag item but I did do a search. Though I found it for $9.00 with out the special packaging I am posting it's listing on the actual Earthworks’ site because this bar has that pretty packaging. The soap sells for $10 a 7 oz bar –


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Most bar soaps are just that -- soaps -- and not synthetic detergents. Mass-market liquid "soaps" more often contain detergents "sodium laureth sulfate" as the active ingredient. True soaps use fatty acids (ideally olive and palm oils).

Older milling machines use rollers made of marble.

The best soaps in the world carry the appelation "Savon de Marseille."

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