Pineapple Sargasso Botanica soap
Enveloped in folds of this highly perfumed bar lies the sweetness of the queen of tropical fruits, the pineapple. It grows easily in the tropics; I've planted loads of them with my father in our garden. When they were ripe, we'd chop them up and have a feast, then boil the skins with fresh ginger to make a refreshing drink. I'm hoping all of that got into the perfume!
To contrast the intensity of the pineapple scent, we've swirled organic beetroot extract for gentle yellow tones. Beetroot extract transforms into a mellow yellow while it undergoes saponification, the process of converting oils and butters into soap.
Our Sargasso Botanica soaps begin with a base of coconut butter + aloe vera. To this, we add olive oil, mango butter, and wildcrafted Amazonian murumuru butter.
Pineapples often are pictured in colonial objects - on mahogany bedposts, crests, gateposts. It is a symbol of hospitality with an interesting history. The Spaniards who landed in the 'West Indies' soon learned that they were welcomed by the indigenous people if they saw a pineapple placed at the entrance to a place.
What to call it is a different story. 'Piña' is it's Spanish name, but it's 'ananas' or similar in most other languages (except English, notably), coming from the Taino word for it, 'anana'.
|There you go. More interesting history. Thanks to the hospitable people at Jamaica Information Services.|
olea europaea (olive) fruit oil; cocos nucifera (coconut) oil; aqua; aloe barbadensis leaf juice; citric acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate (preservatives in aloe vera juice); mangifera indica (mango) seed butter; astrocaryum murumuru seed butter; parfum (pineapple scent); benzyl alcohol (naturally occurring compound in the fragrance).