This item sold on April 4, 2013.
Years after the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright, was elected president of his newly free country. In Prague, when President Havel was sworn in, do you know what music ushered in the new era? It was Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” the Czech Republic's national anthem. Persistence and a cold press make perfection.
Even if there is frost on the pumpkin or snow on the ground, you’ll feel ready to tackle the day, fresh as a wildflower ready to bloom. Neither too sweet nor too spicy, Ode to Joy soap has a zest for life and a level head that cannot be ignored.
(This description was written by my friend Matthew King after sampling Ode to Joy. He and his wife Melanie place my soaps in their NOLA bed and breakfast, La Belle Esplanade.)
My soap contains approximately 50% olive oil, with the balance being enough organic, sustainable palm oil to make a hard bar, enough coconut oil to lather well without being drying, enough organic cocoa butter and shea butter to be emollient, and a dash of castor oil to boost the lather more. Because Indonesian rainforests are being devasted to make room for palm plantations, I use only organic palm oil grown sustainably on South American land cleared over thirty years ago.
I never use synthetic fragrances, only essential oils, absolutes, resins or floral waxes. I color my soaps with clays, herbs and other botanicals. For Ode to Joy, I used a mix of powdered organic calendula petals and clay.
Full ingredients list: olive oil, distilled water, organic palm oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide (lye), shea butter, jasmine floral wax, grapefruit, bergamot, petitgrain, lavender, coriander and frankincense essential oils, mimosa absolute, organic calendula, clay.
Ode to Joy bars weigh at least 4 1/2 ounces. I made it using the cold process method.
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Ode To Joy soap with grapefruit, jasmine, bergamot and coriander
- Handmade item
- Materials: olive oil, distilled water, organic sustainable palm oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, castor oil, essential oils, shea butter, jasmine floral wax, mimosa absolute
- Feedback: 1465 reviews
- Only ships to United States from Connecticut, United States.