I truly have such a fascination with dried flowers as ingredients in my products. Live flowers cannot go into soap because the living enzymes will burn (literally turn black/brown) in the heat of cold-process soap.
Heat, you say? Cold process soap? It sounds counter-intuitive, but it's TRUE. You cook cold process soap and as it COOLS it is cured. Thus, the process is based on soap getting colder.
ANYWAY. I have always wanted to use dried stems in soap, not just petals. These stems are from a flower bouquet I found on Maggie's floor after her choir program. Not hers, they were actually her friend Genevieve's. But they were limpy when I found them three days later. I hung them upside down in the garage and there they stayed.
"Are those Genevieve's dead flowers?" She asked.
"Yes." I patted them encouragingly. "And they will live on to be something beautiful again."
"I love you," was her only response.
The scent is Summer Afternoon. It's a popular scent in lotion. Sweet. Made of acai oil, honeysuckle, orange, lemon and spearmint.