Ye Olde Brown Windsor

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Brown Windsor Soap

4.5 oz bar

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Ye Olde Brown Windsor

When Winston Churchill and his family moved into 10 Downing Street in 1940, they found "78 pounds of Brown Windsor soap, a favorite of both Napoleon and Queen Victoria." So it's told in Erik Larson's biography, The Splendid and the Vile. Many customers have found our Brown Windsor soap thanks to this New York Times bestseller.

Brown Windsor soap

The basic recipe of our Brown Windsor soap comes from Perfumery and Kindred Arts, a Comprehensive Treatise on Perfumery by Richard Cristiani, published in Philadelphia in 1877. Even then, the author referred to the recipe as "Old Brown Windsor Soap."

The original soap was made in Windsor, England, and exported around the world. Brown Windsor was said to be a favorite of Napoleon, a notorious lover of scent. In the U.S., the soap was sold from the time of Lewis and Clark through the Civil War and into the Twentieth Century.

By now, you must be wondering what it smells like and why it was so popular. Cristiani's recipe called for lavender, bergamot, caraway, petitgrain, cinnamon, and clove. We tested various proportions of these essential oils and chose the blend we found most satisfying.

The spiciness you'll smell in the bar comes from cinnamon and clove. The sweet citrus scent comes from bergamot, a lemon-like fruit from Italy; the green citrus aroma comes from petitgrain, distilled from the twigs and leaves of bitter orange trees. You'll love the caraway. This essential oil, prized in perfumery, adds a sophisticated twist. Lavender ties it all together.

We add shea butter and avocado oil for extra moisturizing. Like all of our soaps, this a splendid skincare bar.

Our Brown Windsor looks like granite—russet brown with shreds of pure white soap. Coffee makes the rich brown color but adds no aroma.

Brown Windsor joins our collection of traditional soaps like Old Fashioned Lye, Bay Rum, and Lavender Oatmeal. We are proud that these and many others are sold at National Parks and Historic Sites.

"I'm always on the lookout for new fragrances and this one is REALLY appealing. Tim and I both LOVED the fragrance."

Cynthia Bartram, Mesquite, TX

"I have used Herbaria since it was given to me as a gift. Now, I am so addicted!! I won't use anything else, and I can't wait to shower again as soon as I have finished. I so love your product. :)"

Pat Lowe, Springville, UT



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