Secret Garden Apothecary Box
This past fall I read, for the first time in my life, the book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is one of those books that you've heard about forever, probably seen the movie version of, and just think you "know," somehow. But I didn't, and reading it as an adult was strangely moving, and inspired me to design a flurry of craft projects and bath products inspired by the lovely places, characters, and events that take place within its enchanting pages. You can read more about my inspiration in this blog post.
This is a little apothecary box is filled with small, sweet luxuries for your bath and body that I've developed and made myself. In it you will find:
- One 5-oz. bar of handmade cold-processed soap
- One 1.85-oz. lotion bar in its own tin
- One 9-oz. jar of flower-infused salt-and-milk bath soak
- One scented wax sachet
- One 2-oz. hand-poured soy-and-beeswax mini candle
Scents of honeysuckle, jasmine, hyacinth, rhubarb, cucumber, and blackberry — all of my favorites from an English garden — infuse these treats. (For an ingredients list, please see below.)
All of the items come packaged together in a kraft-paper gift box finished with seam binding and a hand-stamped wax seal, ready for giving either to yourself or your someone who needs a special treat.
Because we've created every item in each box by hand, no two boxes will be exactly alike. Decorations on each sachet, bar of soap, and candle will be a little bit unique, because I just can't help but make them so. But I promise that everything is beautiful, and smells amazing!
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Cold-processed soap: Olive oil; coconut oil; distilled water; sodium hydroxide; castor oil; phthalate-free fragrance oil; blackberry seeds; rose Kaolin clay; purple Brazilian clay; mica; decorated with pink Himalayan salt, jasmine flowers, rose petals, and heather blossoms.
Lotion bar: Beeswax; shea butter; coconut oil; lanolin; essential oils of elemi, chamomile, and ylang ylang; and jasmine absolute.
Bath soak: Epsom salt, pink Himalayan salts, Dead Sea salt, milk powder, colloidal oatmeal, coconut milk powder, phthalate-free fragrance oil, rose Kaolin clay, chamomile flowers, rose petals, cornflowers, jasmine flowers, and calendula petals.
Wax sachet: Soy wax, beeswax, colorant, phthalate-free fragrance oil, and various botanical elements to decorate.
Candle: Soy wax, beeswax, phthalate-free fragrance oil, lead- and zinc-free wick, gem chips, and various botanical elements to decorate.