The Magic of the Dead Sea

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People often ask me, of all the soaps that I make, which is my favorite?  It truly is hard to pick a favorite, however, if I were banished to a desert island and could only bring one kind of soap, I would pick one with Dead Sea Mud.  There is something beyond wonderful about this mystical ingredient and I just love it in soap.  I do chuckle to myself the irony of using mud, an ingredient considered "dirty", in a product used to clean.  However, this is no ordinary mud.  Harvested from the Dead Sea in Israel, the salt and mineral content is much different than what you will likely find in your backyard.

Where is the Dead Sea and why it is any different from the other seas scatted across the planet?

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The Dead Sea is in between Jordan and Israel. It is actually a lake with a very high salt content, higher than in the ocean (nearly 10x more salty than the ocean).  The term for this is "hypersaline".  It is so salty that ocean life cannot survive in it, hence the name "Dead Sea".  The high salt content, in combination with the other minerals and low pollen content made this region one of the earliest spas and was frequented by King David.

Scientists do not know exactly why the Dead Sea, and the mud harvested from it, are so wonderful for the human body.  Many people, however, flock there in search of relief from a variety of ailments.  The high mineral content in the mud is what I am after - specifically magnesium, calcium, potassium, strontium, boron and iron.

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I have two favorite uses for Dead Sea Mud.  Once a week in a mud mask that I just adore.  Unlike some other masks I have used in the past, this one dries but does not dry my face to the point where it cracks and feels like the hydration has been sucked out.  But after I use it, my face feels soft and restored!

I only use the mask once a week, however, I could use soap with Dead Sea Mud twice a day every day.  My most recent soap with Dead Sea Mud is called Revival and is actually a goat milk Soleseife soap.  The term soleseife means it was made using salt water instead of regular water, and I added goat milk simply because goat milk is wonderful in soap.  It adds creaminess, lather and moisturizing properties to soap.  So the combo of the sea salt, Dead Sea Mud and goat milk make this soap crazy amazing.  Throw in some cocoa butter and colloidal oatmeal and you will truly have the most luxurious soap EVER!

So, if I were trapped on desert island (I would like to note for the record that I would prefer to be stranded on a dessert island) I would take this soap with me.  It is great for face and body, has an amazing lather and those ingredients!  The light scent comes from lemon and eucalyptus essential oils and is clean, refreshing and vibrant.