The first breath of the spring. When nature is awaking after the long winter, I can feel this sweet frosty scent in the air while walking along a forest trail near the streambeds.
The steaky, resinous buds of the poplar tree make a powerful medicine that smells so heady. I close my eyes and take a deep breath: my favorite perfume!
I could not resist making the soap all infused with the buds to enjoy the aroma and its healing benefits every day in a shower.
"An in vitro study analyzed the phenolic content of Populus nigra and found that it supported antioxidant defenses, inflammatory response, and cell renewal. Form this researches concluded that it had potential for use in cosmetic products" (R. Foret, E. Han - Wild Remedies, p. 337)
The soap is made with two techniques that's why there are different shades of brown and even red. All brown colors and aroma are coming from the bud's oily infusion and tincture. Red inclusions - from the avocado tincture. The poplar smell is bright and well pronounced.
The buds were sustainably foraged by my friend Vera in Alberta in a pollution-free environment at 1250 m above sea level.
Soap is still curring and will be ready to use from June 11, 2020.
Ingredients: Saponified oils of Olive, Organic Coconut, Palm, Castor, Glycerin, Aqua, Poplar Tincture, Avocado Pits Tincture, Organic Corn Sugar, Poplar buds resin
Each bar is at least 140 g; however, soap is an alive product, can "breath", release or capture moisture, making it impossible to state the exact weight.