This magical soap is made with a blend of Chaparral infused Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Sodium Hydroxide and Castor Oil, as well as skin nourishing Aloe Vera Juice, Shea Butter and Chaparral leaves. It’s naturally scented. I have it listed in the Unscented Soap section only because I do not add any additional scent. It does have a lovely, after the rain, fresh desert scent from the infused chaparral. It has anti-inflammatory properties, naturally! See more details further down about the benefits of this wonderful plant!
****Depending on time of year, the toppings may vary- I harvest throughout the year and sometimes have leaves only, sometimes I harvest when there are some fuzzy buds, other times, flowers. I only take what I need and don’t over harvest from any one plant, to respect it’s life cycles and natural processes and role in the ecosystem. So please know the photos are a general representation of what I may currently have but what you get may be slightly different. Thanks for understanding!
Why you will love it:
All my soaps are made with skin loving, luxurious plant based oils, mineral rich clays and provide a rich creamy lather that your skin will love. The cold-process soap method naturally produces glycerin, which allows skin to absorb moisture more readily.
All of the soap that I make is moisture rich, due to "superfatting" which essentially means that each batch is made with an additional helping of nourishing plant butters and oils. By adding these additional fats into the soap making process, my soaps maintain more nutritive properties throughout the soap-making process. This means your skin will receive an extra dose of moisture while cleansing, keeping your skin soft and supple.
I cannot say enough good things about this Chaparral soap~ It smells like the Sonoran Desert after a rain--if you have ever lived in the Sonoran Desert you will know what I mean. There is no other smell that compares. The Chaparral plant is also known as Creosote. It releases its scent into the air after a rain, as the natural oils in its tiny leaves become activated. I am lucky enough to have an abundance of this plant growing on my property and I harvest it and let it infuse in olive oil on my windowsill in the sun for a minimum of 6-8 weeks. I then use the oil to make this soap and blend in a few leaves and top with flowers form the plant if there are any to harvest. It does not always bloom so your soap may not come with flowers on top if there are none to be harvested when I make the soap. This is a really special soap and a bit more labor intensive, but it is worth it! I try to keep up with production but if my sales get away form me it may take longer to restock depending on where my oil infusion is at. This is not a strong smelling soap, I would consider it an UNSCENTED soap, as no scents whatsoever are added to this bar, it is completely naturally scented with the oil infusion of Chaparral~~although it is more fragrant in the shower when being used.
To have the longest life from your soap, please place on a well draining surface or soap dish and allowed to dry in between uses. If it is allowed to sit in water, it will begin to soften and melt away before your full enjoyment~~
More information on the Chaparral Bush:
Historically, Native Americans made tea from the leaves of this plant to treat chicken pox, colds, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, pain, snakebites, skin disorders, and rheumatism. Native to the Southwestern US, chaparral is one of the oldest plants on earth, with a stand in the Mojave desert estimated to be over 11,000 years old. The stems and leaves of the bush are covered with a sticky resin that screens leaves against ultraviolet radiation, reduces water loss, and poisons or repels most herbivores. This resin is used in herbalism and to protect wood from insects. It received its name "creosote bush" due to the smell that comes from it when it rains. Its extremely bitter taste keeps it safe from animals that would otherwise graze upon it. *****It is also regarded as one of the most adaptable desert plants in the world.
The web site listed below has more interesting information on this magical plant:
An interesting article that I excerpted parts from that was published locally:
Monsoon season in Tucson, which lasts from mid-June to late September, is a special time for locals. It provides desert inhabitants with the euphoric sense of biophilia, or innate instinct to connect with the natural world around them.
“The theory is that when you’re looking at these beautiful views and plants, you’re giving yourself a shot of feel good molecules,” said Dr. Esther Sternberg, a University of Arizona researcher who studies the mind-body interaction with its natural and built environments.
The rains can trigger a relaxation response and reduce stress hormones. Certain integrative health behaviors, such as walking outside and inhaling the creosote bush, for example, are posed to change anti-stress brain pathways.
The shrub, which is found in the Southwestern region of North America and most commonly in the Sonoran, Mojave and Chihuahuan deserts, is also known as greasewood or chaparral. Creosote is often credited for the earthy fragrance that emits during monsoon season. It has also been said to have existed since the beginning of time, according to the Tohono O’odham creation story.
According to the O’odham, Shegoi was the first plant that Tcuwut Makai, the Earth-Maker, created.
“It is the greatest, highest, most sacred plant we have that inspires the strongest medicine,” said Camillus Lopez, senior cultural mentor at Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC).
Lopez, who teaches Tohono O’odham studies courses, is on the Himdag Committee that oversees TOCC students’ growth in cultural knowledge.
The plant has been historically linked to a variety of homeopathic remedies for various ailments such as chest infections, intestinal discomfort, venereal diseases and more. There are even claims it treats cancer. While it has been advised the plant should not be consumed for extended periods of times, its antibacterial properties have found their place in homeopathic remedies.
According to researchers, the volatile organic compounds found in desert plants are good for our health. Gary Nabhan, a research social scientist at the University of Arizona, said the oils desert plants exude as systems are highly potent, like a “symphony orchestra of fragrances.”
Nabhan, who recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his book “The Desert Smells Like Rain,” has a background in agricultural ecology and ethnobotany. He said he was inspired by a young O’odham student who identified the paradox of the desert’s perfume.
He set out on a scientific mission to address why the desert smells the way it does. The debate between scientists has gone on since the 1930s. While geologists felt the soil crust on the surface of the desert made up of fungi, algae and cyanobacteria emitted fragrances when it rains, botanists have argued the creosote bush is responsible. Botanists used its 35 potent volatile oils as evidence. “The kinds of hazes and desert mirages we see when we look across large distances of the desert are from one of those volatile chemicals and creosote bush called isoprene,” Nabhan said.
Nabhan and his collaborators identified 115 volatile organic compounds in at least 60 plant species in the Sonoran Desert that are released when it rains. At least 15 have been found to offer “tangible” health benefits like improved sleep, heightened mental clarity or stabilized emotional-hormones. Evidence also showed some of these compounds are released at the onset of rain, when there’s an increase in humidity or stronger winds. Once released into the atmosphere, the compounds travel into our lungs and enter the bloodstream.
“When we get a summer monsoon rainstorm, we have a barometric pressure change, a change in wind speed and ferocity (and) sometimes wind direction changes that make us more receptive to these things because our senses are hypersensitive to ozone changes,” Nabhan said.
“Even when it’s not raining on a hot day in June, the creosote are giving off a gas,” Perry Grissom, a restoration ecologist at Saguaro National Park, said. “You can smell them before the rain comes.”
Ingredients in order of weight:
Chaparral infused Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Distilled Water, Aloe Vera, Avocado Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Chaparral leaves
Bars are hand cut and weigh an average of 4-5 oz's
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My soaps are all made using the Cold Process Method.
All-natural, ethically sourced ingredients using plant based oils.
Always PALM FREE
Always keep your soap in a place free of pooling water and on a well-draining soap dish to get the longest life from your soap. If it is allowed to sit in water, it will begin to soften and melt away before your full enjoyment.
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Everything in my shop is made by hand by me, in Tucson AZ. I make everything in small batches so no two will ever be the same. Please understand that this will case unique variations in each soap batch to batch-but that is part of the fun of handmade goods!
I use cold process soap making methods and each batch is left to cure a minimum of 4-6 weeks before sale, so that the soap has had enough time to become a harder, longer lasting bar. I pick each set of ingredients specifically for each batch of soap, nothing is pre-made, and no preservatives or detergents are used. I hand mix and blend all the ingredients myself. If you have special requests, please ask~
Our soap is made in a private kitchen, I do not claim to diagnose, treat or cure but can tell you how my soap has helped us, and those that have already tried our products. I am not a doctor and if you have any questions about using any of the ingredients if you think you may be allergic to any of the ingredients. I list all ingredients for your information and decision making. Gigglestars Soap Co. is not responsible for individual reactions to any particular ingredients. Please use as directed.
Sodium Hydroxide is used in the saponification process to saponify oils and butters and does not remain in the final product.
We support environmentally friendly initiatives and use recycled packaging products with minimal to no use of plastics. If you receive bubble wrap in your order, please note it is recycled as a shipping product I received, then use again in my shipping. I frequently re-use shipping products I receive in efforts to support recycling and reduce waste in our land fills. My goal is to be 100% plastic free.
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Aug 14, 2022
I love the smell of this soap. It smells fresh and earthy, and not too overwhelming. The seller was kind enough to update me on the shipping and the soap came faster than I expected. I was pleasantly surprised that she added an extra sample of soap, which smelled lovely. Thank you!
Jul 22, 2022
Love the soaps, great quality and they last! Definitely would purchase from again!
Jul 13, 2022
Fabulous soap, we love and will shop here again, thank you!
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May 21, 2022
I really like the soap I buy from this seller. Desert Rain is one of my favorites.