Cinnamon is as cinnamon does......until we discovered cinnamon bark essential oil. We didn't realize that the difference in the tones and qualities between cinnamon essential oils could be so different. This one is warm, sensual, complex and reminds us of those "red hot" candies, cinnamon jaw breakers, and carnival candy apples. There's even hint of something like a vanilla essence that comes through at the end of the whiff (yes, we whiff essential oils like some people sample wine). The aroma of this essential oil stays in your olfactory receptors (fancy phrase from your nose) and keeps warming itself again and again. We rarely make soap with a single note fragrance and had planned on using the cinnamon in a blend of other essential oils, but once we smelled this amazing fragrance we knew that it was so unique and warm that it should stand on its own. We quickly re-calculated our batch ingredients (using old school math) and added over 4 ounces of the cinnamon bark essential oil to our homemade oil base. We then divided the batch in half (more math - ha!), added madder root powder to one part to naturally color it a deep red, and tried a new pouring technique to create multiple layers and swirls. Then came the waiting.....over 24 hours before the soap is firm enough to be hand-cut from the mold and the test of whether the amazing essence would carry through during the saponification process (more on this another time). It did! This batch smells amazing....almost like a cinnamon candy. It's tucked away on our curing racks for about 7 weeks until it's ready to use, but every time one of us walks past the curing rack, we are swept away with the beauty of this scent.
But we are stumped, flummoxed, bewildered.....what do we name this soap? You see, it's a rather "sexy" essence and every name that we've come up with either sounds tawdry or silly. Does anyone want to use a soap called "Red Hot Momma"? So we are putting the care and naming of our new soap into the hands of our customers. We'd like you to submit a suggestion for a name for this new soap by using the form below. We'll choose two that we like and then ask our customers to choose their favorite (seriously, this is hard for us because both Kumbha Moon girlz tend to be, let's say, just a little bit controlling and we are now letting this go completely out of our hands!).
Here are the ingredients in case you need some more naming cues: this soap is made from our homemade blend of pure imported Italian olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, shea butter, castor oil, cinnamon bark essential oil, and madder root powder for natural color. So let's go.......Name That Soap!