I want to kick off my up-coming post about the next steps in making Calcei with a giveaway of an ancient cleansing product. I originally believed Ancient Romans used olive oil based soaps to cleanse themselves, but after some research I learned many things I didn’t know about our ancestors’ bathing habits and the evolution of soap.
For the most part the Romans didn’t use soap to clean their bodies – it was used for cleaning clothes. Instead, they would rub olive oil on their skin, sometimes mixed with sand, then scrape it off with a curved tool called a strigil. Soap’s use in personal care increased as people discovered the benefits of using it.
At any rate, I feel like a handmade, olive oil based soap is as close to ancient roman cleansing as I’d like to get – no oil, sand, and scraping for me, thanks! I promised more giveaways for 2014 and what better way to start off the new year than with natural handmade soap?! You know. . . wash away the old grime of twenty-thirteen and start fresh and clean in twenty-fourteen.
I had the privilege of working with the Mohawk Valley Trading Company over the past several years and I was given the opportunity to sample a few of their soap varieties. I especially like the castile soap because it has no animal products in it whatsoever – I’m not a vegan, I just like that it uses an alternative to tallow because personally, it just seems more natural to wash myself with plants than it does animal fat.
I was able to try the castile, goat’s milk lavender, tea tree oil, sage, pine, and rose soaps. The sage and pine seemed like they’d be good for clearing your sinuses if you use them in a hot shower. I was surprised at how much I liked the rose scent because I don’t typically like floral fragrances and rose tends to be overpowering. Most of the time rose scented soaps smell like old lady, but this one is mild – probably because it’s natural and not some manufactured “rose-like” scent.
All the soaps left my skin feeling smooth and not dried out like a lot of “beauty bars” and “moisturizing bars.” My favorite was definitely the castile; I love the smell, and the way my skin feels after I use it; soft and smooth.
About Mohawk Valley Trading Company Soaps
Mohawk Valley Trading Company Natural Handmade Soaps are made without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic or artificial fragrances, dyes, detergents, preservatives or any other toxic or harmful surfactants, degreasers, plasticizers, reproductive toxins, pesticides, carcinogens, industrial chemicals or hormone disruptors.
Instead, they are made with:
• Goat’s milk, shea butter, natural plant oils including; olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, palm oil, castor bean oil, wheat germ oil, sunflower oil and other botanical sources such as fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs and nuts.
• 100% natural plant-based essential oils distilled or pressed from fresh citrus peels, flower petals, spices, leaves, herbs and other naturally fragrant botanical materials.
• Beeswax and raw honey.
I know what you’re thinking; “Enough about soap already! What’s the giveaway?!!” Enter below for your chance to receive one bar each of goat’s milk lavender, castile, sage, rose, and pine soaps. See the terms and conditions for more details.
Terms and conditions:
- You must be 18 years or older to enter.
- The Mohawk Valley Trading Company will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end.
- Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.
*Please note that you will be directed to another site*