Survive – Outdoor and Survival Soap was originally inspired by my brother, who planned a long, and wandering journey across the United States with nothing else besides the clothes on his back, and a small backpack full of a few essentials. Before this trek, he came to stay with us for a few weeks – and wanted a soap that could do just about everything. Traveling outdoors, camping, being on the road and in the wilderness – you never know what can happen – so keeping your health and body at 100% is the most important thing you can do. We worked together to create Survive, a multi-purpose bar that is great for just about everything.
Survive is made with our Shea Butter & Flaxseed Oil recipe, combining nutrient rich oils to keep your skin moisture rich, happy and healthy. This recipe is also our hardest bar, a slight lather just enough to shave with and wash EVERYTHING from your clothing, to your face, body, hands, hair, dishes, and anything else you can think of. Don’t worry, this bar is completely natural and will not harm the environment when washing in rivers or creeks. This bar also last quite a long time, if properly dried between uses.
The essential oils used in this bar soap are formulated for some key properties, helpful when in the wild. Here are a few of them, and why we chose these oils in particular. Not only will they lend their properties if these types of situations arise, but more importantly you will be using this bar as a preventative – so you dont have to deal with them in the first place. ** this list is for informational purposes only, and not meant to diagnose or cure anything. Also it is important to note that we believe you should never put pure essential oils directly on your skin or into your body- they are very concentrated and need to be diluted.
What oils did we use, and why did we use them?
Tea Tree: A very well known plant, offering its powerful properties through essential oil. Tea Tree Oil is naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic. Also keeps insects away.
Eucalyptus: A history of use on wounds, eucalyptus oil is naturally antiseptic, antibiotic, Another oil that not only wards away insects, but helps to soothe their stings – repels lice.
Marjoram: Antiseptic, Antiviral, Antibacterial, soothes aches and pains in muscles.
Lavender: A popular, powerful plant – lavender is becoming quite well known as a beautiful, easy to grow herb in our region (Texas Hill Country). Lavender has many properties useful in the wild, I have found that it is one of the best naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oils for topical use. Especially great for those with sensitive skin.
Litsea Cubeba: Topically antibacterial, and antifungal – cant have too many of these oils in the wild.
Sage: Naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, not only great for many topical issues, but used by many cultures as a spiritually protective herb.
Patchouli: One of the most amazing oils, turns any bar soap into a great shampoo. I feel that patchouli knows what to do, and does it. Also an insect repellant.
Cedar: Helps inflammation and many other topical issues. Antiseptic, topically used to heal wounds. Works as an insect repellant.
Lemongrass: Similar to many of these oils, this has antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial properties. Another insect repellant. Deodorizing.
Cinnamon: We add cinnamon because its a very disinfecting oil, making it perfect for a multipurpose soap bar. Use for cleaning food, yourself, your clothing and anything else you have on you. Kills lice, and makes for a good shampoo bar.
Clove: Antiseptic properties make clove an important addition to this bar, helping with fungal issues that can arise from being wet for long periods. ANOTHER insect repelling oil.
The combination of all of these oils provides one amazing all purpose survival soap. Keep one at your campsite, one in your car, and one in your backpack to have on hand for any outdoor excursion.