Clean and cold crisp winter air, the snow piling up around you, but there in the distance is a stand of tall evergreens…. Standing tall, enduring the cold blast of arctic winter wind, resilient and willing to become that barrier from the harsh wind, or yield so much else to us… timber to become furniture, and fuel; pinecones for food, christmas trees for decoration, and a lasting essential oil that takes us back to that place.
Pine oil is an essential oil obtained by the steam distillation of needles, twigs and cones from a variety of species of pine, particularly Pinus sylvestris.
It is used in aromatherapy, as a scent in bath oils, as a cleaning product, and as alubricant in small and expensive clockwork instruments. It is naturally deodorizing, and antibacterial. It may also be used varyingly as a disinfectant, massage oil and an antiseptic. It is also used as an effective organic herbicide where its action is to modify the waxy cuticle of plants resulting in desiccation.
Like all essential oils, beyond the fragrance there is something more to the story. In the case of pine essential oil the “something more” is the disinfecting qualities, which may explain why we see it in some household cleaners. Wikipedia further explains “It will kill the causative agents of typhoid, gastroenteritis (some agents), rabies, enteric fever, cholera, several forms of meningitis, whooping cough, gonorrhea and several types of dysentery.”
In soap, pine essential oil retains its vibrant crisp scent, and is a pleasant and mild cleaning agent with a lavish sudsing action.
Evergreen pine has been on our minds because we had a special order for 36 bars, heading to Michigan…. so hmm, decided to investigate the essential oil.
Our Evergreen Pine Soap is made from an amazing blend of Olive Oil, Palm Oil and Coconut Oil, infused with pine essential oil. It is a big seller around the winter months… I am guessing because people like to have their homes smell of pine around christmas.
As i have mentioned previously, we are honored to be able to post the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Seal on all of our products, as we are members of this professional organization. Our soap is gently wrapped in a light wax paper, then banded with a label that clearly details our ingredients and contact information.
If you would like to purchase a bar of this soap visit our shop at: