St Florian...who is he you might ask?
Well, he was a Christian holy man who lived 250 - 304 A.D. and Patron Saint of chimney sweeps, soapmakers and firefighters. An odd combination don't you think. His feast day is May 4th and really that's about all I know of him. I stumbled upon him some time ago and thought that if I ever made a soap that I believe to be just about the best I've made I shall name it after him. So here it is.
And, here HE is...putting out a fire rather than making soap but you can't have everything.
I have spent the past few months experimenting with a new formula for this very special soap and have formulated a recipe which delivers a hard bar of soap with a super-creamy lather. It also accepts essential oils particularly well and I've had a great deal of pleasure experimenting with new blends.
I bought some lovely oval moulds which fit the bill perfectly and they emerge beautifully when unmoulded with a sheen that I've never managed before so yet another reason for them to meet the strict criterion of a St Florian soap.
So, in honour of the great man here they are...