RITA lard soap - Fig, Passionflower & Rose
Corva Bella Farm soaps and glass-jarred salves will no longer be available for purchase on the Aromaleigh site*.
They are available on their dedicated sister site, Swan Song Provisions LLC. The small 1 oz tin and lip balms can still be purchased here at Aromaleigh, however. I'm leaving the listings up but marked "sold out" so that you can still browse them, should you wish to purchase via my sister site, where ship rates for these heavy items are programmed in real time:
Old fashioned, cold process lard soap.
Rita (Saint Rita of Cascia) - Delicately sweet and fruity balance of rose, passionflower and fig.
Rita of Cascia was a wife, mother, widow, and member of a religious community. Her holiness was reflected in each phase of her life. Born at Roccaporena in central Italy, Rita wanted to become a nun but was pressured at a young age into marrying a harsh and cruel man. During her 18-year marriage, she bore and raised two sons. After her husband was killed in a brawl and her sons had died, Rita tried to join the Augustinian nuns in Cascia. Unsuccessful at first because she was a widow, Rita eventually succeeded. Over the years, her austerity, prayerfulness, and charity became legendary. When she developed wounds on her forehead, people quickly associated them with the wounds from Christ’s crown of thorns. She meditated frequently on Christ’s passion. Her care for the sick nuns was especially loving. She also counseled lay people who came to her monastery. Beatified in 1626, Rita was not canonized until 1900. She has acquired the reputation, together with Saint Jude, as a saint of impossible cases. Rita's soap is fragranced with rose and fig, as these are two things she requested during the winter, while on her deathbed, that miraculously were growing despite the cold and snow. Learn more.
Size: 4 oz net weight
Ingredients: Lard, Castor Oil, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Unless unscented "Maria" soap)
My aesthetic for this year's range of soaps is simple, elegant, fragrant. Lard soaps yield a gentle cleansing action, soft and creamy lather and a bar that is hard and long-lasting. All soaps are hand poured, trimmed, beveled and polished during the curing process. All bars have natural variation in finish and color due to the nature of being handcrafted.
My soaps are farm-crafted from lard we render on-site, from our own free ranging rare breed Kunekune pigs. Old fashioned lard soap is made through a cold process, using lye, which creates a chemical reaction between the fat, yielding... soap. Contrary to popular belief, lye soap isn't harsh. Soap that is properly cured will not be drying or irritating to the skin. Lard is a fat most similar to the sebum produced by our own skin, making it gentle and suitable for sensitive or dry skin. Learn more about the history of lard's uses, and why it fell out of favor for cooking and personal care products.