Last week I had the absolute pleasure of creating a batch of calendula soap using my original calendula soap recipe. Well… it has finally hardened enough that I can try it out and I must say, what a wonderful and moisturizing bar! It’s also very pretty with the yellow petals delicately resting on top of each luxurious slice… Here’s a picture that I snapped outside of the warehouse just the other day.
If you are part of the Soap Making Resource newsletter, you probably received the announcement in the latest edition that the recipe was uploaded and ready to be viewed within the soap recipe library. you can also view the full calendula soap recipe by clicking here now.
Calendula, also commonly referred to as pot marigold, is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Here’s a picture of the flower:
I think soon I will make a calendula ointment for my own personal use to aide in any chapped winter weather skin that I run into during these last few cold weathered months. Heck, I may even come out with a tutorial demonstrating my process!
My shower, as usual, is piled up with bars, and I find myself compulsively comparing all my creations. I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this… am I wrong? The calendula soap seems to be very moisturizing and the scent is fresh, natural and relaxing. Definitely a keeper and ranks well among my collection as I compare! Trying this out was a perfect ending to a long (but fun) day at the Soap Making Resource warehouse.
Oh, and also, another interesting thing to note… the scent of the calendula really seems to be sticking in this soap! The large percentage of infused oil, plus the extra petals added to the top of the batch probably explains this!
I must say, we did use a lot of calendula infused oil in the batch. In fact, half of our recipe was made up of calendula oil. The petals were infused into the rice bran oil for more then 2 hours on low in the crock-pot. Maybe next time, I will melt down all my oils and try infusing the calendula into 100% of my oils and see what happens!
As the soap sits on its tray, it seems to be spewing the yellow calendula oil. If there are therapeutic benefits to calendula, I certainly will be experiencing them!
By the way, Calendula petals have also been added to the soap making supplies store section of soap-making-resource.com.