Focus on ingredients: Dragons Blood

Dragon running from us!!!! (LOL)

So you read “Dragons Blood” and immediately you think of the big beast that lives to breathe fire and scare medieval folks, right?

Well, surprise.  We first discovered this ingredient when we were doing research for and preparing to sell our soaps at a medieval festival.  This was on the list of common scents and botanicals in the mideval world.  So what is it and why was it prized?

from wikipedia, various forms of dragons blood resin

Dragons blood is a resin that is extracted from the draconian palm, and the draconian croton.  This substance has been known and written about in ancient Rome, as well as Chinese medical journals. The ancients used it as a medicine for gastrointestinal issues.  And the indonesians used it as a dye for clothing.   One of the more interesting uses was blending it into a varnish for 18th century violin makers, giving the violin that deep redish finish.  Folk medicine of past centuries used dilutions of dragons blood powder and water for cleansing and helping to heal wounds.

In soap making dragons blood offers a pleasant fragrance, and a gentle on the skin kind of soap product.   Dragons blood is described as a mysterious, alluring blend that  difficult to describe. With warming notes of amber, incense, Madagascar vanilla and patchouli,  Dragon’ s Blood Oil is lightened up with layers of romantic notes such as rose, jasmine and lilac. Finally, the oil blend is topped off with the colorful, light touches of blood orange and grapefruit.

Here is our dragons blood… a deep red brown soap wrapped in fun chinese dragon paper….

As you know, our soap bears the seal of the handcrafted soapmakers guild. We are priveledged to be members of the guild, adhering to their standards for soap production and handling.  We hand cut each bar, and carefully wrap each bar in a thin wax paper to keep the soap fresh, and sanitary.

If you would like purchase a bar of this soap please contact us either on our etsy site (click the photo of the soap and you will be taken there) or leave us a comment below.

 

 


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