Minimally Processed, Unrefined Southern and Icelandic Virgins Set to Meet Soon...

Hang on. This isn't "sensitive" material.  I'm referring to some of our Warhorse ingredients.   Here's 2 Webster's definitions and an example using virgin olive oil.  I'm focusing on the second one.

Virgin can translate into Minimally  Processed, which is better for us--foods retain their nutrients like phytochemicals, phospholipids, antioxidents, vitamins, so I've read.  I've actually never seen phosolipids, have I?  In fact, I have. Maybe not with a microscope, but I've seen "them" in our sunflower oil wax.  See the white swirls?  Phospholipids that contain other good stuff like lecithin. And this oil smells like a cross between sweet grass and nutty seeds.

I could let the sunflower wax settle out of this beautiful oil. This would improve clarity, but then it's just not smart to toss all those phospholipids, carotenoids, flavonoids, and natural vitamin E.  I foraged all the way into a neighboring state to get this glorious stuff. 

I could let the sunflower wax settle out of this beautiful oil. This would improve clarity, but then it's just not smart to toss all those phospholipids, carotenoids, flavonoids, and natural vitamin E.  I foraged all the way into a neighboring state to get this glorious stuff. 

 All my recipes started in my basement soap kitchen. Like last night, I cooked dinner, then into the basement to brew, wearing my fancy chef jacket that makes me feel like a soap version of Belgian Chocolatier Dominique Persoone.

 All my recipes started in my basement soap kitchen. Like last night, I cooked dinner, then into the basement to brew, wearing my fancy chef jacket that makes me feel like a soap version of Belgian Chocolatier Dominique Persoone.

Our Warhorse pet, horse, body cleansers all started just like this--a small batch of soap in my basement kitchen lab.  I let the soaps rest over night. This morning I added a few things to the soaps, sort of like icing the cake after it has cooled down, like dressing the salad last minute to keep it fresh. My brother-in-law Jim is getting some virgin sunflower enriched pearlescent shaving soap, with a light sweet and sour lemon scent, sort of like whipped cream on a lemon meringue pie. Makes my mouth salivate.  Works well too. Shaving in whipped cream soap.   I've made it for a few people, and it's time to broaden the test market.  My sister-in-law Laura gets her monthly stock of amber sweet almond rich, volcano pumice body scrub. Yes, the dark, gold, seedy, nutty smelling sunflower oil is her her scrub, along with her favorite orange, cinnamon, clove essential oil blend. Plus, I threw in a little mineral rich Celtic Sea Salt.  The texture is just dense enough hold any shape, but pliable enough to handle the curves of knees, knuckles, heels and elbows, and the pumice every so lightly exfoliates the skin. And once rinsed, soft, soft, soft.

"Gifts" for my family and others to test and criticize.  Maybe these Warhorse soaps will eventually move from my KitchenAId bowl to my 100 gal pot to 1,000 gallon batches. No guarantee. It takes a long time to test products for effectiveness and stability. Making soaps without the new generations of derived ingredients can be a bit tricky, but definitely worth the extra work.  Patience and Persistence required.

"Gifts" for my family and others to test and criticize.  Maybe these Warhorse soaps will eventually move from my KitchenAId bowl to my 100 gal pot to 1,000 gallon batches. No guarantee. It takes a long time to test products for effectiveness and stability. Making soaps without the new generations of derived ingredients can be a bit tricky, but definitely worth the extra work.  Patience and Persistence required.

Local Arden, NC company Celtic Sea Salt went in the shaving soap.  This unrefined salt is super mineral rich, even has pink and black flecks of raw goodness in it.  The salt on the right is my next forage--all the way from Iceland.

Local Arden, NC company Celtic Sea Salt went in the shaving soap.  This unrefined salt is super mineral rich, even has pink and black flecks of raw goodness in it.  The salt on the right is my next forage--all the way from Iceland.

Next small batch might bring Non GMO grown Sierra Sunflower unrefined oil up close and personal with Icelandic Flaky White Sea Salt, supplied by The Reluctant Trading Experiment. Ordering some today. This salt and some black Telecherry Peppercorns are also going on my next minimally processed and freshly caught grilled grouper and snapper, supplied by my fishing family below--in laws and nephews.

Wonder if this Icelandic beautiful salt comes in a 55 lb bag? I plan on making a lot of soap and eating a lot of fish--supplied by Jim, Laura, Dylan, Garret.  Good thing we can barter.