Felt Soap | Felted Soap balls | Savonnette
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Our Felt soap is actually Felted Wool covered soap balls. Our felt wool soap is felted with Louisiana Gulf Coast sheep wool. We acquire Gulf Coast sheep wool because Louisiana Gulf Coast are endangered animal. Only a handful of sheep herders are keep Our Louisiana Creole Gulf Coast sheep alive to help them thrive and flourishing outside of endangerment. To help celebrate the life of one of our most beloved creole farm animal, we decided to create a line of luxurious Soaps that shows off the wonderful beneficial properties of sheeps wool, lanolin and tallow.
The Gulf Coast Sheep wool is dyed using natural plant material using techniques passed down to us by the Choctaw Indians (Native Americans; First Nation). The indigenous native plants used to naturally dye the Louisiana Gulf Coast wool are indigo, sassafras and canna indica (lily). The Indigo plant, a historically dying favorite of Louisiana and France, gives a deep blue to the Louisiana Gulf Coast sheep wool. The sassafras plant, another historically used plant in dying wool to orange, taught to Louisiana Creole by the Choctaw Indians (Native Americans; First Nation). Last but not least, the canna indica (lily) seeds, used dominantly by Native America, first peoples, to dye garments, fibers, and fabric an evanescent purple.
Our intriguing, infectious, luxurious wool soap which is Felted underneath this most treasured Gulf Coast sheep wool, is made with carefully soap boiled Gulf Coast sheep tallow and/or lanolin, certified Cajun Louisiana pine resin, several gallons of Louisiana Kentwood spring distilled water, and lye ( sodium Hydroxide). After our wool soap has cooked for several hours, our wool soap is poured in metal molds. Our metal molds are set outside in our back yard to harden in the humid floral Louisiana air. Once the wool soap had hardened for more than a few hours, our wool soap is cut into bars of soap ( barre de savon;pain de savon). Instead of placing our bars of soap (barre de savon; pain de savon) unto soap boards to contour the hardening process in the Southern Louisiana air, our wool soap is shredded and with clean gloved hands, sculpted into soap balls. From one of our thick bars of wool soap.
This is done of course one at a time to make sure a single bar of wool soap is sculpted into a ball. Once each bar of wool soap is scuplted into a wool soap ball, the soap balls are covered with the natural dyed Gulf Coast sheep wool in artistic designs hued with rich colors of indigo blue, evanescent purple and rich orange. Next, the soap balls are placed into clean nylon stockings. A clean wash board and a washtub is used to aid in felting the Gulf Coast sheep wool onto the wool soap balls. One nylon covered wool soap ball is placed onto the washboard. The washboard, beforehand, is placed in the washtub. A cup or two of distilled elderflower water is placed in the washtub. The wool soap balls (wash balls) are polished against the zinc coated steel of the wash board on a circular manner to retain their circular ball shape. After the wool is completely Felted onto the soap balls (washballs; savonnette) their are set on the soap boards to dry in the Louisiana southern floral air. Once the wool soap bars have completely dried they are placed in vacuum sealed bag until an order has been placed.