Updated: Mar 10
Ever heard the expression: ‘When is gorse is out of bloom Kissing’s out of season”? (1) Well, the good news is: Because gorse is always growing kissing is NEVER out of season!
Living in the Borders of Scotland we’re never far from the colourful display Gorse provides across our landscape, of
vibrant greens and yellows. These wonderful flowers are present throughout most of the year but most prolific around springtime (2). But what’s caught our imagination recently about Gorse is its coconuty smell, ‘Gorse is a most sensory plant – the flowers smell deliciously of creamy coconut and the seed pods’ pop and crackle in hot sunshine, but it’s so well protected by those potent spines it’s best admired from a respectful distance! (3).
Gorse has even been reported as being a most sought after plant in other countries, such as the pioneering naturalist Carl Linnaeus, who saw gorse in bloom on London’s Putney Heath whilst on a visit. He was reported to have fallen to his knees and wept for joy when he beheld the sight of the heath adorned with its fine yellow flowers. He had tried unsuccessfully to grow gorse in his greenhouse in Uppsala in Sweden, but the winters proved too cold.
And this ubiquitous, colourful, and scentful bush has even found its way into poetry:
George Meredith (1828–1909) caught the essence of the plant in the great gorse stanza in ‘Juggling Jerry’, where he described an old man relishing familiar scenes and scents (4):
Yonder came smell of the gorse, so nutty,
Gold-like and warm; it’s the prime of May.
Better than mortar, brick and putty,
Is God’s house on a blowing day.
Lean me more up on the mound; now I feel it;
All the old heath-smells! Ain’t it strange?
There’s the world laughing, as if to conceal it,
But he’s by us, juggling the change.”
So, we are super excited to have developed our newest skin-loving product hand using ingredients
from the local natural world around us, blending the gorse with our other nourishing ingredients:
Gorse Infused Olive oil
Olive oil is renowned for its sought-after anti-aging properties, rich in antioxidants, packed with vitamins A & E and contributes to healthier skin by reversing oxidation and repelling damage-causing free radicals. It is suitable for all skin types and is especially suitable for sensitive skin. It is also great for problem skin issues and dryness.
It increases lather in the Wild Gorse Soap yielding a rich and creamy texture with a lovely bubbly feel. Castor oil is a humectant, i.e. it keeps our skin aptly moisturized. The 9 fatty-acid make-up of castor oil makes the skin plump and supple; it has natural
antibacterial and antifungal properties and is high in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6.
Nothing excels in lathering than Coconut oil. It possesses superior moisturising and cleansing properties when applied to the skin and hair, and is rich in Vitamin E, this oil nourishes and is known to reduce hair damage caused by dryness and bleaching. It is rich in fatty acids which help to remove blemish-causing dirt, bacteria and dead skin, and it does so gently without irritating the skin.
And a wee note about the essential oils used in this Wild Gorse Soap (5):
Frankincense: is packed full of anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent,,, and carminative properties. It is widely known for its benefits in skincare, especially fighting against acne and is tremendous at countering stress-related conditions. And thanks to its comforting properties it can help calm a busy mind, reducing the feelings of anxiety.
Ylang Ylang: has both anti-infectious and antiseptic benefits to treat the symptoms of acne and eczema. It may also help relieve dry, itchy skin while soothing and nourishing aged or damaged skin. Its aroma is both calming and alluring, making it the perfect stress reliever.
Patchouli: has various anti-ageing properties. Not only does it heal and detox your skin, but its active compounds also help to stimulate muscle contractions to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.
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