Tooth Soap? Here is my little tooth cleaning experiment inspired by the creativity of another..(I want Tooth Soap!)Read Now
I like to cruise the cyber world and see what's out there-especially when it is about alternative health and body care, soap, or what can be done with soap. I have seen so many interesting products and ideas! One that really stands out to me is Tooth Soap. I was amazed, and it led to some vivid memories. I recall that when I was a youngster, it was common practice to wash a naughty mouth out with soap when a kid employed certain socially unacceptable power words. I do believe it reduced some cussing. If soap can reduce foul language, surely it can reduce other oral contaminants!
Here is the link for the real Tooth Soap:_http://toothsoap.com/
After perusing the basic ingredients which are saponified olive and coconut oils, I decided to give it a go with my own liquid Castile soap-Which tastes-Absolutely Disgusting! Based on my experiment with my own saponified olive oil soap, I bet the real deal works awesomely and I'm hoping someone will buy the authentic Tooth Soap for me for Christmas or just because..
As I made the new soap featuring lily, it came to me that I felt immersed in pure pleasure. I watched the large percentage of raw Shea butter melt into the oriental lily, rose petal, honey suckle and day lily flower infused olive oil and felt a rush of sublime satisfaction. Oh, that wasn't enough for my hedonistic lust! I had to add some walnut oil and a bit of coconut oil. Without it I feared the lather would be too small from all of the Shea butter! So, just a bit of coconut oil, but never enough to dry the skin and then an idea smote me during the cook-Make it even better! So Frankincense resin jumped in..I entertained my mind with the legends behind these ingredients, thinking of 'Pure as a lily' and other such things, but when I was blending the essences of the flowers, lily chief among them, it became apparent that I was intoxicated with a fragrance best described as rich and decadent. As chocolate is to my tongue, so this scent blend is to my nasal neurons! Glad it's 100% calorie free, otherwise I think I'd O.D..
Of course I had to wash my hands before the soap ever left the pan. When I relinquished this soap to the mold it was hard to resist hoarding a hunk for my own, so I didn't. I will be bathing shamelessly in this essence for weeks. With all of the delicious ingredients, what should I name it? I'm thinking of calling it Lily Flowers Frankincense. I spent my creativity in the making, so the name is just straight forward.
This is but one variety of beauty that will be in my next soap. I'm patiently waiting for the various extractions to be finished and for the Lilium auratum absolute to arrive. Oriental lily varieties have been eaten in cuisine and are symbols of purity and chastity. I have never munched any, but I love smelling the fragrant cultivars in our garden. A high quality essence is far from cheap, so it will be combined with some other essential oils in this next soap. According to many sellers of this absolute, Lilium auratum is beneficial to dry skin and helps to minimize spider veins.
A few years ago, Granny bought Po a sweet comfy doggy cushion. What a wonderful soft and difficult to wash cushion it was, despite it's removable cover! Po loved her cushion until I got appendicitis and had emergency surgery. She began destroying her cushion by pulling out the stuffing and eating it while I was in the hospital. When I came home, I had one bloated miserable dog! So, no more fancy dog cushions with bloat inducing stuffing here! What I like to do is purchase cheap cotton king size pillow protectors with zippers and stuff them with cedar shavings. If your dog is bigger and you like to sew, you can make a custom size. The cedar shavings help deodorize and repel insects and can be added to the garden when the pillow gets stinky. If It's just the outside that needs a wash, I dump the shavings into a bag, shake out the pillow, wash, dry & refill. The likelihood of Po eating cedar shavings in fit of pique is negligible.
I made Po and Izzy cushions for around $20 which is the cost of just one cheap commercially made dog cushion that has no deodorizing benefits. I do cover their cushions with their favorite blankets. In Po's case it is the remnant of her fancy dog cushion. Izzy has a soft blue towel.
I say it right on my home page and I'm writing it again here due to the accumulated detritus of exposure to stale redundancy and weaselly hype marketing that has overwhelmed my defenses against cliche and ability for creative originality. Natural and Soap are two words that go together like chocolate ice cream and hot sauce. Uck! It simply shouldn't happen! Soap is a man made invention, unless it happens to be found in grave wax. Soap is a delightful chemical, no matter how many natural ingredients are used in its creation. Chemical, yes-man made(or woman made)-and there is no ethical side stepping around this fact. Of course, there are naturally synthesized chemicals-we do it all the time involuntarily as a process of living through out our body systems as does every other living creature on this planet. It might even be possible for a form of soap to be synthesized in the body.
My daughter's pediatrician and I had an interesting conversation in which she said that it was possible for saponification to occur in damaged livers, and I have been on the hunt for this information ever since. One day, I will run across the supporting evidence and write more about this.
We are surrounded by chemicals, made of chemicals, exuding chemicals and..That is just how it is supposed to be! Some chemicals we make are harmful and others are benign. It's human nature-it's just what we do, and I don't believe it can be helped. I do believe that we can become more educated and aware and strive to put forth more benign chemicals than harmful substances. Not every naturally occurring chemical is benign either. Just think about bee stings, the irritating oils produced by poison ivy and spider bites. I like to believe that soap is harmless and that belief is valid within reasonable boundaries. Chronic ophthalmic exposure to suds would doubtless be detrimental. Interestingly, and disturbingly, soap has pesticidal properties. Have you ever used a soapy water solution for controlling aphids? This EPA publication might provoke a panty twist when pondering some of the constituents of certain types of soap made from all natural oils:
This publication plainly lists potassium salts which-oh there go my panties-are the components of liquid soap! And some of these salts come from my favorite natural oils! In the end, the EPA puts a low risk human and environmental toxicity spin on these ingredients which does rather lessen the tension in my bunched drawers.