Friday, August 27, 2010

Wild rose herbal soap

Where has this summer disappeared to? Could it be working full time? Caring for sick dh? Or doin' three farmers market a week? I don't know about you guys, but I need to get off this crazy schedule! LOL But I have to say -- it's been a great summer, weatherwise -- unlike last summers endless weeks of rains. Dry & hot hot hot this year it was. Great for veggie gardening ( I don't know what I'm going to do with all these artichokes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants piled up on my counter) and just awesome for the beach roses that are so prolific along our coastline during good summer weather. In July, the display was just spectaculiar here and I pounced on the opportunity to gather as many as I could lay these hands on to dry. It's an annual event for me each summer and one that I thoroughly enjoy. Who can really resist that marvelous essence? Not me! Now, I am just waiting for our first frost to gather my rosehips for winter syrups, jams and brandy :)

I do like the addition of dried beach rose petals in my bars.. and infuse some that will go into my creams--though it's a shame that they start out such a gorgeous color and fragrance to die for--that they still turn a tannish pink when fully dried ( unless you buy them, and those have been spritzed chemically to hold the colorfastness) But then, I'm sure once they hit the lye pot those expensive dried roses must do the same darn thing?

This is my wild rose bar, that's a really good seller for me -- scented with rose geranium, palamarosa and rosewood blend and a titch of lavender