The title sounds ominous, but actually..well, truthfully the widows can be dangerous! I spent the past several months collecting some interesting material for the latest soap that did require some caution! I'm sure most everyone has read about or tried soap and other personal care products with various forms of silk protein, but I bet no one except myself has lathered up with a soap containing silk proteins donated by the lady pictured on the right! Ugh! Ohh! Yes, I am an arachnophobe but I just had to get my hands on one of the strongest silk protein combinations known on earth! (No spiders were harmed during the collection of silks either. They were mildly inconvenienced by having to redo some webs.) So, how does this work in soap? The process I used guaranteed that the silks would be decomposed from string form, so don't worry about drying cobwebs off your bod. This soap is smooth and creamy! I am not going to make any unsubstantiated claims here that silk protein is the be all end all for skin care either. The claim that I will make is that it isn't harmful. So, where do the devils come in? I did use a simple extract of Devil's Claw just for kicks, and thankfully I didn't have to set any traps because I already had some dried Harpagophytum procumbens root on hand. This is a root from Africa that I have studied and used for several years. Recently, it has fallen out of vogue with me for my personal pain control when taken as a tincture(of course I make my own) due to the potential for actions similar to other Cox inhibitors. This means to me that it should not be taken for any great length of time. One or two days is O.K., but longer could do negative things to the body. This is true of most all medicinal substances whether from nature or pharmaceutical company. I am not going to enumerate everything about this herb here because I am so not into writing books, but here is a link to some quick and short
Devil's Claw has also been used in traditional settings for the treatment of skin ailments, so I thought why not put it into soap? The main benefit is in the pleasure of employing the name. I couldn't resist coming up with a soap with some form of devil in it this close to Halloween! I used a nice blend of skin friendly and economically priced oils to keep this lather within a reasonable budget for nearly everyone too. Try some wickedly smooth cleansing with Devil's Claw and Widow's Silk soap if you dare!