This mythical sounding soap is made from the resin a of a rattan palm. It has been scented with patchouli essential oil to compliment the natural rich, spicy and woody smell of dragon's blood. A wonderful gentle soap that can be used for many skin types.
There are many "dragon's blood" resins from different species of plants. The best well known is the Daemonorops from Sumatra and that is the resin used in this soap. It has been used as a colorant and varnish. Topically it is reported to aid in skin healing especially of ailments like bites and cuts. It has been used in ritual practice to cleanse and protect spaces and to invite love.
All of my soaps are made from scratch are all natural and chemical free, SLS free, dye and fragrance free. Most skincare and soap uses synthetic fragrance oils and micas, oxides and dyes as colorants. In the spirit of keeping my bars as close to nature as possible I only use essential oils and botanicals or clay for colorants. I find this to be of great benefit to the body because while micas, oxides, dyes and synthetic fragrances offer no skin healing properties, essential oils and botanicals/clays are well known to be nourishing to the skin and emotionally balancing to the user. While most commercial soaps rely on sulfates to create their lather, cold-process soap gets its creamy lather from the saponins in the oils that are released during the reaction of lye and oil. No lye remains in the finished bar of soap. I super-fat my soaps which means a portion of the oils remain un-saponified resulting in a cleansing yet moisturizing bar.
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