This soap firstly was created as a custom soap for ornithologist Ralph Powlesland (a neighbour here in the Sounds), but he was generous enough to allow me to sell it to other people too.
If you are interested in details about the Weka bird life, you must read his book.
Here is an article from Radio NZ about Ralph and his work.
The book is a collaboration between Ralph and Agnes Takacs from Laminara Photography (also here in the Sounds).
The book is available here:
Scented with Bird of Paradise, Animalistic and a hint of Dragon's Blood
Saponified oils: (Tallow, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Castor Oil). Water, glycerine*, Fragrance oil, mica
*Please note that I don't put any extra glycerine into the soap - this is just the glycerine that is created naturally during the soap making process.
According to NZ labelling rules the final ingredients of a product have to be listed.
Description of Fragrances from the sellers webpages (Zen Aroma)Bird of Paradise
The wonderful floral aroma of birds of paradise with base notes of fresh fruits.
An intoxicating scent that has clean citrus notes of orange and lemon with spicy notes of clove, anise, pepper, and rose. Notes of vanilla, leather, balsam, and warm musk lead to an unforgettable finish.
Warming notes of amber, incense, vanilla and patchouli, our Dragon’ s Blood Fragrance Oil has layers of floral notes such as rose, jasmine and lilac. Finally, the blend is topped off with light touches of blood orange and grapefruit.
Properties of oils / materials used:
|Tallow||Provides excellent hardness to soap for long-lasting bars. Produces a creamy lather with good cleansing properties. Contains skin-friendly vitamins A, D, E, and K. Natural antioxidants help protect the skin.|
|Coconut||Creates a bubbly and effective cleansing lather. Adds firmness to soap bars for durability. Contains natural antioxidants to provide some skin protection.|
|Olive||Offers gentle cleansing with a soft and luxurious lather. High oleic acid content makes it superb for nourishing the skin. Rich in vitamin E, a potent antioxidant for skin protection.|
|Rice Bran||Balances cleansing and nourishing properties. Provides a creamy lather for a pampering bathing experience. Contains vitamin E (tocopherols) and gamma-oryzanol, natural antioxidants for skin health.|
|Castor||Attracts moisture to the skin, ensuring hydration. Enhances lather and bubbles for a satisfying wash. Contains vitamin E and essential fatty acids for some skin nourishment.|
|Citric acid||in your soap serves a dual purpose. It helps your soap perform well in hard water by preventing mineral build up, ensuring a rich lather. Additionally, it acts as a natural preservative, extending the soap's shelf life for a longer-lasting product you'll enjoy.|
|Sugar||Added to soap recipes to increase lather and bubbles. Acts as a natural humectant, attracting moisture to the skin.|
|Micas||are natural mineral-based pigments that are used to add colour and shimmer to soap. They come in various shades and are often used to create visually appealing and decorative patterns in soap bars. Micas are safe for use in cosmetics and soap because they do not contain synthetic dyes or harmful chemicals, making them a popular choice for adding vibrant and eye-catching.|
|Fragrance Oils||The fragrances we use come from reputable sources and are phthalate-free. (Phthalates are synthetic chemicals sometimes used in fragrances, and they have been linked to potential health concerns such as allergies, skin irritation, and even disruptions to hormonal balance.)|