Thursday, 26 March 2009

Whisky Soap

Spirited Soaps are based on the Hebridean Island of Islay. Famous the world over for its whisky, this “whisky isle” is also home to miles of empty beaches and spectacular cliffs. It's also at the mercy of the Atlantic surf and is isolated from the mainland. Spirited Soaps have tried to capture the essence of this unique island in their hand crafted transparent whisky soaps and related bath products.

The soaps are made by firstly mixing the vegetable oils in small batches using the traditional cold process. This means that the fats and oils are melted and reacted with caustic to form normal opaque soap. This is an exothermic reaction, meaning that it generates its own heat. No external heat source is required to drive the neutralisation – hence “cold process”.
When this reaction is complete the soap mixture is cooked with soft Islay water, extra vegetable glycerin and Islay Malt whisky to keep the soap crystals nice and small. The soap now resembles liquid gold and is ready to pour &and scent with pure essential oils. When set the blocks are left to dry for 2 weeks allowing the angels to have their share of the whisky and to ensure you won’t smell like a distillery!

The resulting soaps look like a solid dram but have the scent of the carefully blended essential oils. They produce a luxurious lather and are extremely mild on the skin. 100% pure, 100% Islay.
Spirited soaps makes transparent whisky soap for Bunnahabhain, Kilchoman, Laphroaig, Isle of Jura as well as Ardbeg and Bruichladdich on Islay. From further afield they offer soaps made with Benromach, Glen Moray, Dalmore and Tullibardine.

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