I personally have a love-hate relationship with lavender. I remember reading a book on essential oils and the author shared that she had worn lavender oil on a plane. She heard the man in back of her ask his wife, “Do you smell bug spray?” I had to chuckle, because I knew exactly what he meant 🙂 It can be quite poignant.
On the other hand, I find that I can’t seem to resist using it, at least in small doses. I don’t use some of the essential oils in my soaps, simply because I don’t like the scent, but I just can’t exclude lavender, and in fact, some of the lavender soaps are my very favorites (much to my surprise)! I think that soap is an ideal way to bring out the best qualities of lavender because the creaminess of the soap absorbs and mellows it out a bit, and also the scent has contact with the skin, but a good deal of it is washed off, leaving only a hint of the fresh and intriguing fragrance that so many love.
So yes, I use my lavender soap, enjoying its invigorating qualities. And I know there are many who love the fragrance of lavender full-on and powerful. But I’m just sharing my preference.
At any rate, lavender deserves to be a featured blog…its history, its sources, its world-wide intrigue. I could write pages about this little flower that has caused such a stir for so long, but in the spirit of brevity, I’ll share a few of my favorite findings.
History of Lavender
Lavender is a flowering plant of the mint family. It is gorgeous purple (my favorite color!) and its uses seem to be countless! Some make a connection between spike-lavender of the lavender family and spikenard, mentioned in the Bible in the Song of Songs and in the gospels where Mary anoints the feet of Jesus before His death. But others say that spikenard is exclusively of the family of Valerina officinalsis. My study won’t take me deep enough to figure all that out, but it is an interesting possibility that lavender is related to the spikenard mentioned in the Bible.
Lavender derives its name from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash” (think “lavatory”). The Romans used Lavender to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even hair. They also discovered its medicinal properties.
Today Lavender continues to be cultivated across its countries of origin as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America. Its widespread presence is understandable due to its beautiful flowers, its alluring scent and its extensive uses.
In fact, Washington state holds a huge lavender festival each year called The Sequim Lavender Festival. Check it out!
Fir Branch and Lavender, a Special Soap
I am an out-of-doors lover! There’s plenty of opportunity here in Colorado where we live, to smell the fragrance of fresh fir trees, and wild flowers. And although lavender is not real common in most places in Colorado, lavender scent makes me think of fresh air filled with the scent of wild flowers!
And so this soap was created for the woman who craves to be walking through a forest filled with firs and a meadow graced with fragrant flowers.
This is a layer soap, one side being the color of fresh firs and scented with fir needle essential oil, and the other side being a lavender color and scented with, you guessed it, lavender essential oil.
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