A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Lujos hunting

I realised with a bit of panic today that we will be launching Lujos soon!

We’ve tried the soap, perfected the recipe, sent out samples to friends and relatives. We’ve made face creams, eye creams, lotions, potions, all kinds of magic. Sent out samples of those, too.

One thing that seems to be true – everyone likes the soaps that contain ‘botanicals’. This is a fancy name for flower heads, leaves, and other plant material you put into beauty products.

So far, the favourite soap is ‘lavender and bits’, which is a lightly fragranced soap containing….you guessed it… lavender bits! And we recently made another, orange scented soap with chamomile and calendula heads/petals in it. It, too, looks absolutely gorgeous, and smells it, too.

So the panic was that we have no idea how well-received our products will be. But we need to be prepared, right? And if I don’t collect the ‘botanicals’ now, then it will be another year before they are ready to harvest.

So out I went, collecting wild lavender and wild chamomile. It is at its peak now, full of heavy scent. It was hard work, as it is a hot summer’s day, but the trip on the way home made it all worth it – a car filled with the lovely, calming scent of lavender! I collected a crate of each.

When I got home, I snipped off the chamomile flowers. You talk about your boring chores? Well, I reckon this tops them all! But I now have a crate of lavender drying in the greenhouse, and 3 bags of chamomile flowers ready to be popped into soap.

Roll on, Lujos!

Lujos lavender (photo by Kenton @ imagenary.co.uk)

Lujos lavender (photo by Kenton @ imagenary.co.uk)

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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