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Ambery labdanum and vanilla-like balsams, ylang ylang and its close relative cananga, myrrh, red mandarin and cistus (rock rose) essential oils, the slightest touch of mysterious, smokey cade, and teeny bit of jasmine grandiflorum. Oh my! In the margins of my soap notebook I've written SO GOOD! next to this one.

I've made this soap a number of times. Normally it's a little rich for summer, so for this most recent batch I upped the citrus a little and lowered the labdanum. It's not too different, just a tad lighter.

I added very finely ground vanilla beans along one side for some gentle exfoliation and a little scent-boosting. The line between the two halves is a thin sprinkling of powdered rose petals, which darken during saponification.

As always, I made this soap using approximately 50% olive oil. I've also added organic palm oil to make a hard, long-lasting bar with a stable lather, coconut oil to boost the lather (but not enough to be drying), shea butter and cocoa butter for emolliency, and a touch of castor oil for more lather.

I never use synthetic fragrances or colorants in any of my products. All of my palm oil is organic and sustainably grown on South American land which was cleared over 30 years ago. If you look for only one organic ingredient, please make it palm oil as Indonesian rain forests are being devastated to make room for palm plantations.

Amber Ylang Ylang weighs at least 4.5 ounces. I made it using the cold process method.

I can fit four bars of soap, a deodorant and a maple soap dish in a small flat rate priority box for $5.15 shipping within the U.S., 11.95 shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $16.95 everywhere else. If you are initially overcharged for shipping I'll refund the overcharge within 24 hours of receiving your payment. International customers, please understand that if you order more than will fit into a small flat rate box, I'll send you a revised invoice with the increased shipping costs. CT residents will be charged an additional 6% sales tax.

Amber Ylang Ylang Mandarin Soap with Cocoa Butter and Ground Vanilla Beans


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: olive oil, distilled water, organic palm oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, shea butter, castor oil, cocoa butter, essential oils, ground vanilla beans, rose petals
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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