Today we are trying another new recipe, but this time for a lovely cold process soap that uses raw carrot puree. Any skin or hair care product that uses carrots always excites us here in the workshop because they have the tendency to make one feel so grounded, nourished and alive. My assistant, Riand, speaks very highly of her time tending the root vegetable crops on an organic farm in Hamakua and how their sweet, earthy aroma brings her right back to sunny days in the fields. "Even though that was a very long time ago, I still recall exactly what it felt like to walk barefoot through the rows, running my fingers over their soft, fluffy greens. There is nothing quite like the feeling of plucking a fresh carrot from the earth and feeling in your fingers that it is ready - it lets go of the earth with a gentle and inaudible 'pop'. That's how you know it is ready to give its love to the world."
From a skin care perspective, carrots are appreciated for their abundant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and other antioxidants, which are all excellent for maintaining skin health. The vitamin A is considered protective in a lot of ways, keeping your skin safe from harsh elements. Vitamin C is essential for maintaining your skin's natural elasticity and also gives your skin a nice glow. (After you eat a vitamin C rich food, like oranges or strawberries, don't you just kind of FEEL like you're glowing a bit? Maybe it's just me...) Potassium helps your skin stay hydrated, and those antioxidants -- well, we could go on about those guys all day, couldn't we? ;)
We also used coconut milk in this soap for a creamier lather with extra moisturizing and anti-aging properties. This is a picture of our carrot puree and our vegetable oils uniting with frozen cubes of coconut milk. (Freezing it keeps the milk from scalding during the saponification process, which gets very very hot.)
Did you know that carrots were originally cultivated for the medicinal properties of their seeds? There are even Temple drawings in Egypt of a purple plant that many Egyptologists suspect to be a purple carrot. In fact, most carrots were purple or white until the Dutch began cultivating orange ones in the 1700s.
And here is our magical mystical medicinal carrot and coconut milk soap, ready for curing! Should be ready to use in 4-6 weeks. We can't wait!