November 24, 2012

Rosemary for Remembrance

Soap as pop art.

Some soap for a very talented friend and former tour guide, Brian Vinero.

Brian's an actor, a writer (most recently a brilliant adaptation of Euripides' plays Hecuba, Electra and Medea) and an insanely good pastry chef.

During his days at Gray Line, he always kept me amused with stories about tourists on his bus—and gossip about other guides. Every Christmas, he wrote a special 'Holiday Tip Song' that he'd sing during his tour—and bring in his samples of his yummy baked goods to share with tour guides that he liked.

Sadly, Brian has moved back to the land of Mary Tyler Moore (Minnesota). I really miss him.

Anyway, I wanted to make a soap for him that had balls. Big ones.

They're hot process using lots of olive oil pomace infused with mint for the chocolaty brown. I cut them in half once they were hard and arranged them on the bottom of my new silicone square brownie pan.

The over-pour gets it's khaki hue from white sage and rosemary.

Rosemary is said to improve your memory. Ancient Greek students used to tuck sprigs of it in their hair when studying for exams. That's backed up of course, by Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet: "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember!"

Twenty-first century research shows rosemary does indeed contain a chemical that can boost brain performance.

Rosemary smells great too.

Hopefully, this soap will trigger some fond memories of New York City for Brian when he lathers up.

olive oil infused with mint, white sage and rosemary
palm kernel oil
coconut oil
castor oil
NYC tap water

rosemary, peppermint, wintergreen, sage, tea tree, lemon, citronella, may chang essential oils.