Dawa: Swahili for ‘medicine’ – in colonial Africa, Gin & Tonic was used as a preventative, cure all, general excuse for over imbibing, due to the quinine in the tonic… but I still see the gin as the real helper!
This beauty started off as a joke – I had made a coffee soap (I don’t drink coffee), a tea soap (I don’t drink tea), and a beer soap (you guessed it.. I don’t drink beer) – and an acquaintance said that shower gin wasn’t really socially acceptable (I don’t talk to that person any more as I didn’t like their negativity).. so I decided to make a gin soap!
Living in Healesville, the home of Four Pillars Gin, I knew that this soap needed to be an homage to my ‘local’ – so of course I ensured I did plenty of “research” into the aromats Four Pillars use and modelled my essential oil blend off of these. A gin soap wouldn’t be a gin soap without…. GIN! So there is a good healthy splash of Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin in this beauty as well.
Dawa was the catalyst for launching the full Pamoja (Together) range which feature some of my local Yarra Valley tipples. For a different take on “shower beers”, you can enjoy the Yarra Valley’s best brews, wines and spirits with complementary scents.. perfect as a gift for those hard-to-buy-for folks, or as a little bit of luxury for your own everyday routine!
A gin soap needed a proper garnish, so I top with some homegrown, home-dried orange slice and organic juniper… remember, it’s not a mixed drink! This handcrafted soap bar is now our most popular, and is the perfect gift for hard-to-buy for people – or try one for yourself!
With skin loving fair-trade shea and cacao butters in this luxurious formulation, your body with thank you for choosing Cinnamon & Clove soaps.
To get the most from your hand made soap, please use a soap rack and allow the soap to dry between uses
As this product is hand made in small batches, each soap will have a slight variance in design and colour
Always check with your doctor before using essential oil products during pregnancy.
Discontinue use if any irritation occurs