Friday, September 20, 2013

Mary's Tears Spikenard Essential Oil Soap and How It Came To Be!

 Whoa!  An $18 bar of soap?!  Are you nuts?  Some days I think I am.  Let me explain.

This soap has been in the works for nearly a year; noodling in the back of my brain and begging to come out!  My husband first suggested I make this soap and I was like 'no way!  No one will pay that much for a bar of soap'!  He kept pushing the issue saying this would not be a normal soap; this would be something very special.

I finally conceded and purchased some Spikenard Essential Oil - ouch!  Almost $40 an ounce!  I was so afraid to use it that it sat on my shelf for another few months.  Let me step back and explain what spikenard even is!  Spikenard was the essential oil that Mary used to anoint Jesus' feet with in John 12:1-8
Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Spikenard has been described as a combination sweet/spicy/musky, a very organic earthy scent. I added a touch of lavender essential oil to it to soften/sweeten it. I think it smells a lot like patchouli. Remember in the story how Judas was so upset that Mary 'wasted' such an expensive item on Jesus? Well spikenard is still an extremely expensive essential oil today.

So, I finally decided it was time to make this soap actually happen and was having a tough time envisioning what such a special soap would look like.  I knew I wanted everything all natural in terms of coloring but that was about it.  So, I asked my husband (since he got me into this, right?!).

I sent him an email and was totally blown away a while later when he responded with this:
How about round bars like the shape of the tomb stone, brown swirls with auburn for Mary's hair and bits of red for the spikenard berries.
He even went so far as to include pictures of Mary anointing Jesus feet and of spikenard berries!  The man is brilliant!  I had tears in my eyes as I read his description.

So, I set out to make the berries first.  The berries are unscented soap bits and are colored deep red with madder root powder.  Once I had all my berries ready it was time to jump into the real soap making!

I made a soap that is very heavy on the olive oil and used by PVC tubes to make round soap like my husband suggested.

Then came the waiting!  I always want to cut my soaps right away but need to wait a good 24 hours and with an olive oil soap like this, even longer!

After waiting and waiting and waiting......I finally cut the loaves into bars!  May I now present, Mary's Tears.

Each soap will come in a gift box as pictured below. Why not a fancy, gold box you ask? Well, Jesus wasn't a fancy, gold box kind of guy. He came from humble beginnings therefore just a brown box with brown shredded paper (to look like hay).

I hope that the specialness of this soap comes through to you.  There is such meaning behind it that I get choked up even thinking about it.

To purchase your bar please visit my website or Etsy Shop.

Thanks for all your support!  tracy