Ooooh...I just love the smell of this soap. I whipped up an experimental batch yesterday using kelp powder and tiny pieces of dried bladderwrack then scented it with rosemary, tea-tree and ginger essential oils. When breathed in it really clears the lungs and invigorates the mind and I can tell that this is going to be wonderful to use in the dark days of winter.
Bladderwrack is a type of seaweed often found growing on northern seasides and has anti-aging properties when used on the skin. Studies have shown that those using bladderwrack gel on the face noticed increased elasticity and decreased skin thickness in just over a month.
Sea kelp is another type of seaweed and if it grows in your area you'll be familiar with its long whip-like form lying washed up on the beach. Containing incredible amounts of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids it is often used in facials and other spa treatments. Like bladderwrack, sea kelp has been attributed with increasing skin elasticity and even helping subdue the signs of aging and wrinkles.
Rosemary is a scent that not only stimulates your energy levels, but also helps to tone your skin and increase moisture levels. When used in hair products it also stimulates your follicles and can encourage hair growth.
Ginger essential oil can be beneficial to the skin, especially in the healing of wounds and bruises. It is quite intense though so those with sensitive skin should be more careful when using it.
Tea Tree essential oil has a deep, almost menthol, smell which is probably one of clues that it is used to treat sore throats and chests. It's also used on the skin for its powerful fungicidal, anti-biotic and anti-bacterial properties. Though again, those with sensitive skin should be cautious when using tea tree oil.
Rosemary and Tea Tree essential oils are used on the skin and hair for their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and stimulating properties. While Rosemary is wonderful for aches, pains and mental fatigue, Tea Tree helps to heal acne, cold sores and fungal infections of the skin. The scents of both are also an excellent therapy against migraines and tension.