The Joy of Soap
If you haven’t notice already, we have a bit of an obsession here at Phylia with beauty and health products. We could go on and on about our favorite sink side goodies, and if you keep watching the “Favorites” section of this very blog, you’ll soon see it fill up with oils, lotions, and potions, that we love.
But in the end, much like food or art or thank you notes, there is nothing quite like making it yourself. Over the last few years, as a hobby and a way to relax, we’ve been hand-making soaps, combining all natural ingredients, setting the results into sweetly shaped molds and giving away the finished beauties as gifts to family and friends. Soap making is a fascinating process, a soothing, rewarding ritual. It is a long-standing tradition as well, a craft that has existed for centuries, passed down from one generation to the next.
In fact, dig into soap making history and you’ll find that that foamy bar on the side of the tub is the result of thousands of years of evolution. As early as 2800 BC, in fact, Babylonians were making a mixture of akali and cassia oil for bathing. The Egyptians followed suit, using cyprus and sesame oils. The Romans added animal fat to create something close to the soaps we know today, solid blocks of waxy substance, dressed up by varying combinations of oils and scents.
The French, however, were the ones to truly refine soap making and transform the process in an art. By the 19th Century French soap makers were churning out pure, luxury soaps, replacing animal fat with rich olive and vegetable oils and rare exotic scents.
At Phylia, we were lucky enough to learn a classic Japanese soap making recipe, which uses simple cold-press process and all natural ingredients like olive, coconut and almond oil, oats and raw cacao butter. And of course, being Phylia, we added a healthy dose of our own fulvic acid formula, Fulphyl, to the mix.
After some trial and error, we were making soaps at a furious pace, filling up the kitchen with stacks of molds and giving away the resulting floral beauties to anyone and everyone who would take them.
There was something about this process, to be mixing whole, organic ingredients by hand and waiting patiently while the molds set – that was a wonderfully calming and centering practice amid the exciting (but overwhelming) evolution of the Phylia de M hair care line. Soap making was not only the perfect counterpart to the research we were developing with Phylia, but the soaps also a perfect way to say thank you to all the amazing people who helped us as we were launching the brand.
And not to toot our own horn, but everyone who used these soaps, seemed to love them as much as we did. That said, it didn’t take long for us to decide to launch a sister brand, creating a special soap line that reflected all the good fun we were having with this new hobby.
We’re so proud, friends, to announce the debut of Piggy Soap, a playful version of our floral gift soaps – all natural ingredients in the shape of sweet piggies, (another obsession of ours, but that is for another day/another blog entry). Today is about celebrating our new product, one we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we do. Ladies and Gentlemen, Piggy Soap is here!
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