I just made up a test batch of a new soap at the request of someone I recently met. The story behind this request is the lady I met had a friend who did not survive her breast cancer. But during her treatments, the friend was making her own soap using pomegranate, which is supposed to be soothing and healing to the radiation burns from the cancer treatment. The lady I met found out I made soap (over dinner at Graves Mountain Lodge) and asked if I could come up with something similar so she could share it with other breast cancer patients.

So I started doing some research on exceptionally soothing and healing oils to use in the soap and sniffed several pomegranate fragrances. I finally made my new soap yesterday – Pomegranate and Aloe. I’m not claiming this to be a cure all- just a soap that I hope will help sooth sensitive skin.

What makes this soap so soothing and gives it healing properties? The following is what I used in the soap and why:
Coconut Oil: is especially soothing to dry, irritated skin and helps add moisture, in addition to antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It’s also a base oil used in soap making.
Olive Oil: is high in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, it is healing, antioxidant, antibacterial, soothing, conditioning, restorative, moisturizing and nourishing. Is also a base oil used in soap making.
Palm Oil: is extremely high in saturated fat and creates big, fluffy lather in soap. Is also a base oil used in soap making.
Aloe Vera Oil: is well known for healing and soothing damaged skin and healing burns.
Sunflower oil: is high in vitamins A, D, and E, is nourishing and used for dry, aged and damaged skin.
Almond Oil (Sweet): is high in essential fatty acids it is nourishing, soothing and high in Vitamin E which helps to reduce inflammation.
Pomegranate Butter: contains pomegranate oil in a shea/palm/jojoba butter. Pomegranate is high in antioxidants, and Vitamins A, C, E and K.
Castor Oil: attracts and holds moisture in the skin and adds a nice lather when used in soap.
Haywood Honey: Contains vitamins and minerals, enzymes, amino acids and is antibacterial and a humectant to retain moisture, soothes and helps to protect the skin.

I used a pomegranate tea (Bigelow Pomegranate Black Tea) for the liquid, but may try Pomegranate juice in the next batch, depending on how I feel. I’ll have the soap for sale in a few weeks (soap needs to cure 4-6 weeks before you can use to let the lye and oils react and become soap). I’ll be sending several bars to Pat H. in Chesapeake, VA to see if she likes it and share with her friends.

Let me know what you think, and as always, if you have any ideas for soap that you would like me to make.