Inspiration comes from the most unexpected places.
Silk adds a wonderful slip to soap (no drag) and creates lovely bubbles that rinse of clean – leaving your skin feeling silky smooth. As you know I have taken a hiatus for the month of September and spent that time travelling around Europe. I covered 6 countries for the vacation of a lifetime.
When I travel I am always looking out for experiences and ingredients to inspire beautiful, skin loving soaps that will honour the places I visit. This inspiration was quite unexpected as I was exploring a beautiful, quaint little hilltop town in Italy called Orvieto. We wandered down a cobbled side street and this little weaving machines caught my attention and drew me into the shop. Once inside I started to feel the most beautifully soft scarves I have seen. The owner/weaver started to tell me about the process and through my translation book and embarrassingly poor Italian and her limited English I was able to decipher that the scarves were pure Italian Silk dyed with organic vegetable dyes. Well, a little light bulb went on in my head as I am always on the lookout for good, organic silk for my soaps. I bought one of the scarves and an extra little pom-pom of silk – just enough to make a batch of soap.
As you can guess, it will be a delicate teal/blue/green soap on a white/cream background – with, of course, loads of skin loving olive oil. I mean really, how can you make Italian Silk Soap without Olive oil.
No silk worms will be injured in the making of this beautiful bar.
However, a few olives may get squashed. Hmm, the scent will be light and airy and remind me of sunshine.