This soap has a wonderfully heavy, woody and smoky scent.
The vetiver is closely related to other fragrant grasses, such as lemongrass, citronella and palmarosa.
Although the essential oil does not come from the grass as with these three, but from the roots.
The oil matures for several months to develop its typical earthy, smoky aroma.
Vetiver strengthens and nourishes the skin, the fragrance relaxes and the smoky woody aroma warms and grounds.
The combination with cedar, elemi, turmeric and patchouli gives extra complexity and a wonderfully deep earthy tone.
The photos highlight the ingredients vetiver and safflower.
organic & handmade - vegan - free from palm oil, plastics or chemicals such as SLS - animal free.
Ingredients: saponified oils of coconut*, cocoa butter*, safflower* and sunflower*; water; essential oils of cedar*, patchouli*, turmeric*, vetiver* and elemi*; castor oil*; activated carbon; elemi resin.
INCI (equivalent to package, international naming): sodium cocoate*, sodium cocoa butterate*, sodium safflowerate*, aqua, sodium sunflowerate*, aroma♢, ricinus communis oil*, activated charcoal, limonene o.
* from certified organic origin
♢ organic essential oils
o Natural component of essential oils.
Werfzeep originated in 2009 from Evelien's preference for old crafts and natural products. During a trip through Canada that she and Laurens made, she ended up on an idyllic family farm where, among other things, soap was made, with a ladle and an enormous pan. The wooden house smelled like a fairytale and immediately on the first day Evelien helped with making soap. To her surprise, this handmade soap, which was in the shower and by the sink, was gentle and caring for her skin. Having been plagued with eczema since childhood, soap had been out of the question for years, but this soap turned out to be a very different story than anything she'd been acquainted with until then, which mainly caused her to feel itchy.
Soap made from oils is a completely different product than factory soap made from refined fatty acids, with additives such as foam improvers, synthetic perfumes and preservatives, which also have the glycerine skimmed off. This discovery was enough for Evelien to become completely captivated by soap, the craft soap seedling, all possible ingredients and the effect on the skin. She started developing her soaps in a historic wharf cellar on the Oudegracht in Utrecht. Now, eight years later, she works with a growing team in the beautiful soap workshop on the Westerkade.