Anyone who’s been up around 4 in the morning looking for something on TV has seen the ad for the super juice made from the fruit of the nopal cactus. Well, that’s prickly pear. They grow in my yard.
We pick the fruit with tongs, then burn the spines (spikes! LOL) off with a torch. Then we put them in a bucket. Once we’ve got as much as we want or need (depends on what we’re doing), we take the bucket inside. I don my kevlar gloves – even though we’ve burned the ouchiest parts off them, there can still be little tiny spines that will burrow into the skin – and peel the fruits. Each one has many tiny black seeds inside. Those seeds are hard as rocks! Once the fruits are peeled and seeded, they’re edible. To me, they taste a little like melon. I think they make pretty good syrup for our gluten free/grain free pancakes and waffles. They also seem to make pretty nifty soap!
Enriched with prickly pear fruit, goat milk, aloe vera, beer, jojoba oil and avocado oil, with a super fat of 7%, this is a super bar of soap. It also has meadowfoam seed oil and can be used as a solid shampoo.
The fragrance is a blend of phthalate free fragrance and essential oils. It’s quite a sweet floral, but to us it isn’t cloying. This is now a zero coconut formula, meaning it will cleanse, but not be too drying.
As always, the colors are obtained with herbs and natural minerals.