A luxurious, delicately fragranced soap ball the whole family can use and enjoy.
Made to a medieval receipt with castille soap as the base; a practice common during the medieval period, when castille soap was a luxury so expensive that only the truly wealthy could afford to use it by itself.
Ingredients: Olive oil, Caustic soda, Rosewater, Powdered Orris Root, Frankincense, Calamus root, rose petals, Benjamin, Sweet Orange, Rose Maroc essential oils.
Quantity: 20g per ball
Use: A family soap not just for washing the skin, but also hair and clothing.
This is a topical soap and not to be taken internally.
Always check ingredients list before use, in case of any allergies. If unsure, try a very small amount on the inside of the wrist and wait for at least 30 mins. Wash off immediately if there is any adverse reaction and seek medical attention if symptoms persist.
Storage: Unlike most modern soaps, this soap will become harder over time and keeps very well, even in the Australian environment. The soap will change colour over time and exposure to light – this is perfectly normal.
Please note; As with any product made on organically grown heritage plant matter, there may be slight variations in colour and consistency between batches however, we do our best to ensure that there is no change in the efficacy of the product.
From the ladies of the Medieval Still Room;
Balms, ointments, soaps and perfumes were just a small selection of the wide variety of personal hygiene products bought or made in the medieval household. Yes, they did indeed wash in those days! In fact they not only bathed – they waxed, dyed, powdered, moisturised, deodourised, shaped, tinted and coloured all aspects of their bodies; not only to be clean, but to enhance Nature’s work and for those that could afford it- to be fashionable.
A surprising number of extant texts have survived, describing not only the ingredients used, but also recipes, notes on best use, and where to source rare ingredients. Apothecary invoices, shipping manifests, published folios and home recipe books all enable us to recreate the cosmetic and hygiene products and home remedies that were available to different levels of society. The select bibliography below is a good starting point for those interested in how the everyday people of the past kept clean and fashionable.