The region my workshop is located in (the “Freiamt
“) was home to a relatively significant industry called the “straw industry”.
Over 200’000 people worked in this sector and up into the twenties of the 20th century they exported their mind-blowing trimmings made out of straw from New York to Vladivostok.
These trimmings were fixed onto hats. Or were part of dainty brooches. Or woven together with horsehair into gorgeous altar cloths.
When hats got out of fashion the straw industry colapsed.
It’s absolutely fascinating what these people (mainly women) made out of split stalks from wheat or rye.
If you want to delve into this world of straw I recommend the beautifully set-up “StrohMuseum” in Wohlen.
The “StrawMödeli” is mainly made of olive oil from southern Italy, but I added two ingredients which link my showering soap to the straw industry: wheat germ oil and rye flour. The rye gives the StrohMödeli it’s color with tiny little specks in it. The wheat germ oil is highly exclusive because it’s extracted with CO2 (in contrary to hexan, which is highly poisenous). Very expensive stuff…. but absolutely wonderful for the skin.
This shower soap is predestinated for refined noses and sensitive skin.
Citrussy with a fine, woody untertone
Intensity of scent
Unpretentious to sensitive & slightly dry
Minimum 95 g
9 to 10 (alkaline)
If you would like to give this soap as a gift, I could enclose the small card I make for every piece. This card informs about the skin type, the scent and the aromatherapeutic effect of the specific soap of mine.
I don’t automatically add these cards to a shipment. So if you would like one, simply write so under “remarks” and I’ll stick it into the package.
Either you simply use the piece of soap without any auxiliary implement. Or then you use the practical “DuschSäckli“.
Another option would be the ingenious magnetic soap holder: makes things a lot easier in terms of handling.
According to LOTS of feedback I have heard throughout the years the imporant points seem to be:
– if possible: don’t take a shower on a daily basis
– use soap (or any cleaning agent) only in the “neuralgic” spots – not on all of the body
– rinse well – everywhere
– try not to rub yourself too rigorously with your towel; better would be to pat the moisture away; leaving some water on the skin would be optimal
Due to the essential oils it’s not recommended for kids unter 3 years of age
Hard / soft
Industrial soap or natural soap which is made with palm- or coconut oil tends to be very hard.
Old olive-oil soap also tends to be hard.
Relatively fresh natural soap – made without palm- or coconut oil – can be a wee softer than the kinds mentioned above.
In order to achieve favorable characteristics for our skin, I absolutely want special oils in my recipes 🙂
And some of these tend to make my soaps a bit less hard.
This is the reason why I classify my DuschMödeli into different “degrees of hardness”.
On a scale between 1 (very hard) and 5 (very soft) this soap would figure at “2“.
Keep it dry. Don’t let it sit in water. Then it last the longest.
Helpful could be the soap pouch or the magnet soap holder.
Olive oil (bio), water, sodium hydroxide, jojoba oil (bio), wheat germ oil (bio), shea butter (bio), rye flour (bio), sugar (bio); 100% natural, essential oils (all bio): litsea, lemon, lavandin, ceder, palmarosa, blood orange, cinnamon; allergen substances from the essential oils: citral, limonene, linalool, geraniol, farnesol, benzyl benzoate, eugenol, cinnamal
OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, WATER, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS SEED (JOJOBA) OIL, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT GERM) OIL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER, SECALE CEREALE, SUCROSE, PARFUM*, CITRAL, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, GERANIOL, FARNESOL, BENZYL BENZOATE, EUGENOL, CINNAMAL
*all natural, essential oils