Patchouli grows well in warm to tropical climates. It thrives in hot weather, but not direct sunlight. If the plant withers due to lack of watering, it will recover well and quickly after it has been watered. The seed-producing flowers are very fragrant and bloom in Autumn. The tiny seeds may be harvested for planting, but they are very delicate and easily crushed. Cuttings from the mother plant can also be rooted in water to produce additional plants.
Patchouli is used widely in modern perfumery and modern scented industrial products such as paper towels, laundry detergents, and air fresheners.
Two important components of its essential oil are patchoulol and norpatchoulenol. From the sixties until today, it is a favoured scent by members of the counterculture.
In several Asian countries, such as Japan and Malaysia, patchouli is used as an anti-dote for venomous snake-bites. The plant and oil have many claimed health benefits in herbal folk-lore and the scent is used to induce relaxation. Chinese medicine uses the herb to treat head-aches, colds, nausea, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain. Patchouli oil can be purchased from mainstream Western pharmacies and alternative therapy sources as an aromatherapy oil.
One study suggests patchouli oil may serve as an all-purpose insect repellent. More specifically, the patch-ouli plant is claimed to be a repellent potent against the Formosan subterranean ter-mite.
During the 18th and 19th century, silk traders from China travelling to the Mid-dle East packed their silk cloth with dried patchouli leaves to prevent moths from laying their eggs on the cloth. It has also been proven to effectively prevent female moths from adhering to males, and vice versa.
Many historians speculate that this association with opulent Eastern goods is why patchouli was considered by Euro-peans of that era to be a luxurious scent. It is said that patchouli was used in the linen chests of Queen Victo-ria in this way.
Hair Conditioner: Patchouli oil is also used as a hair conditioner for dreadlocks
Sandalwood is the name of a class of fragrant woods from trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods they retain their fragrance for decades. As well as using the harvested and cut wood insitu, essential oils are also extracted from the woods for use. Both the wood and the oil produce a distinctive fragrance that has been highly valued for centuries. Consequently, the slow-growing trees have been overharvested in many areas.
This overharvesting has led to shortages and increasing prices to levels that are, frankly we feel, to high for an economical production run. As an example the Australian Grown and produced Essential Oils are costing around $1,500 per litre wholesale whilst the Indian Oils are around $4,200 per litre. So to make a commercial batch using certified essential oils would cause our sandalwood bar to be retailed at around $9-$10 per bar, Too high a price we think!
Soap Creations and Body Care main objectives are:
We made solid Goats Milk shampoo and conditioner bars. This will also help everyone who travel around so that they can always have the product they like with them and no need to worry about liquid spills, particularly useful if flying. No more check in worries.
*Each hair bar will give over 30 hair shampoos or conditioning treatments. (*Normal hair length treatments)
Saves on space and weight when compared to equivalent sized liquids that give 30 plus washes. But what was missing was a Travel Box!
The Travel Box we chose can hold two full size bars, in separate removable compartments, either shampoo and conditioner bars or your Choice of our other Goats Milk Soaps.
The Travel Box is both lightweight and very strong but also importantly it really is water-tight.
Just for good measure the box and the Sham-poo and Conditioner Bars have been re-viewed by Tanya: see Tanya’s blog at http://magictravelblog.com/
The Travel Box is listed at a special introductory price of $20 which includes any 2 of our full size bars. So this gives you all the combinations possible from shampoo and conditioner bars plus the Travel Box or shampoo bar plus a body scrub bar or maybe a shampoo bar and one of our large 125 gram regular Fresh Goats Milk bars, simply put the choice is up to you.
At just $20 for the box and 2 soaps plus P&P it’s great value.
Since developing our mail order systems we have endeavored to keep postage and packing costs to you our customers to an absolute minimum.
Indeed our current charges are still just $5.98 to anywhere in Australia no matter what the quantity of bars ordered. Mostly we have been able to do this because our overhead costs are much smaller selling from our website rather than through retail outlets etc. However it seems that dear Australia Post has identified website sales as a special source of income, and over the past 12 months we have seen at least 2 price increases for the small parcel service, which in essence means we are now subsi-dizing some orders at a level that is unsustainable. We will be keeping the same level of P&P charges for a while longer for everyone, but would ask that to help keep costs down, that when ordering you either order up to 3 bars or order more than 6 bars at a time. Orders for 4 to 6 bars are likely to see a change in our charges soon.
Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is a perennial woody shrub grown primarily in the desert regions of the south western United States and north western Mexico. Native Americans have long used jojoba oil to help heal sores and wounds. Today, jojoba oil is also grown in Northern Queensland and most commonly used for cosmetic purposes, particularly for the maintenance of healthy skin. This amazing oil (Jojoba oil is actually composed of liquid wax esters rather than oil) helps promote healing of the skin as it has antimicrobial properties, which discourage the growth of bacterial and fun-gal microbes that may attack the skin.
Jojoba’s chemical composition closely resembles that of the skin’s natural sebum. It is easily absorbed without causing any allergic reactions, even in those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. The body’s natural sebum also contains wax esters, which act as a natural moisturiser and barrier for the skin. Wax ester production steadily decreases with age, causing the skin to appear dull and wrinkled. A reduced ester content in the skin can also lead to the development of conditions such as psoriasis, dandruff, and rosacea.
In our last blog we outlined the time it takes to develop an individual bar of Fresh Goats Milk Soap from the concept stage to the store.
In this blog I outline in a little more detail the processes of bringing you one of our latest creations.
I think the Jasmine bar was one of those recipes that at times not only frustrated but did make me wonder whether we would ever get it done!!
The problems arose around several issues that are fundamental to soap making, will the combination of oils form a good enough blend that meets the design requirements? in short how will all the oils react when mixed together, will the essential oils and or fragrant oils when mixed have staying power?
Note: Nearly every oil has several different blends and several suppliers of each type, some are good and some are not so good.
So off to a start in February 2011 when a small batch was put together and we waited 3 months only to find some discoloration of the bar had occurred and the aroma was depleting too quickly.
So back to the recipe again, start with a new (oils) combination and make 3 batches (all different) and wait…. check the results after another 3 months and then ask, you the customer to try our Jasmine bar samples…
2 months later and enough feedback tells us which one of the three batches is the best (we hope) and into production with the first full scale run (1000 bars minimum) made by one of our long standing, experienced soap makers.
Note: large full scale runs can sometimes produce a different product from the small mixes!
Success the bars sell and people reorder!! they have and we are already into our second l000 bars.
We hope you have gained just a little, after this brief read, into the processes we go through when developing and making our soaps.
Ultimately it is you the customer/user who determines if we have it correct!
So from Start to finish it was a little over 8 months to bring the final recipe to the market as a completed bar, that we have confidence in, and know will perform well and last the course.
If you are reading this blog then you have probably purchased some of our products and will have received one of our leaflets about our products.
These leaflets explain some of the benefits of using Goats Milk Soap, but I make no apology here if I repeat some of the benefits again for those people who are still choosing whether to try Goats Milk Soap products for the first time, or for some reason do not have one of our leaflets handy.
Goats Milk is very close to the same pH level of your own skin and contains vitamins A,C, B1, B12 & E, it also contains Zinc, Citric Acid, Amino Acids, Unsaturated fatty Acids, Enzymes plus many other nutrients known to promote healthy skin.
So that’s some of the benefits of Goats Milk taken care of but there are many different goats milk soaps offered for sale on the Internet, retail outlets and local markets.
I am often asked what is the difference? Are they all the same?
It is difficult to say what differences there are between one producers soap as compared to another Goats Milk Soap!
But at Soap Creations we believe that Fresh is Best and so we only use Fresh Goats Milk from registered herds and top grade oils. We do know many of our competitors use powdered Goats Milk.
So a rule of thumb suggests, if it works for you then don’t fix it. If it’s cheap then it’s possibly inferior, and if it’s more than the average price ($5-$6 per bar) then it’s possibly overpriced.
But whatever you buy please check the list of ingredients carefully so you know what you are using!. Choosing the wrong soap for you can damage your skin!
New Goats Milk Soap Bars and products under development 2012.
We have tried to keep our scheme simple by using a two pronged approach!
If ordering over the internet or by telephone using the telephone numbers displayed on the website then we will record each occasion you purchase, and after 10 separate purchases you will be able to choose
“any Additional bar of our soap Free with your next purchase”
If purchasing from one of our agents then each agent has agreed to offer a discount for each purchase that is for more than 5 bars at a time, whenever you purchase from them. The actual amount of the discount is determined by each agent as they all have different overhead costs to meet like travel, site rent costs etc, but rest assured a favorable discount is offered by each agent. So don’t be afraid to ask for your discount.
Also remember if ordering online or in Lismore Shopping World or Kyogle Farmers Market and you are a seniors card holder then remember to ask for your seniors discount.
Please note: Seniors discounts cannot be claimed in addition to other discounts. But they are taken into account before any rewards or specials that are offered on the website.