Bed of Roses
base with goat's milk, patchouli (pogostemon cablin)
essential oil, rose otto (rosa damascena, Bulgaria), dried
My two favorite oils are patchouli and rose, so I had to blend
them together. The patchouli softens the rose. I describe it as
smelling like "old rose", the scent of a rose powder that
was popular long ago. It is very soft, feminine, and a definite
The goat's milk soap is wonderful for the skin and very creamy.
Rose is one of the best oils for aging skin and patchouli is great
for dry skin.
It was when I created this soap that I came up with the name Guilty
Pleasures because I had to have a soap with rose no matter what
the cost. To give you an idea, the current price of Bulgarian rose
otto essential oil is $168 for 5 ml (1 teaspoon!). (source: Naturesgift.com,
Otto is the more expensive oil, usually steam
distilled, and best for cosmetics. Absolute is solvent extracted
so while it has the stronger scent, it might contain trace particles
of the solvent.
For an oil or cream used directly on the skin, the otto is best.
For perfume or soap making, absolute is better as it has the stronger
scent. I am using rose otto at the moment as I was able to purchase
some at a great price.
Out of stock until I can get more rose essential oil