“May Chang is my favorite soap at Herbaria, although I haven't found one that I don't like. It starts my morning off right!”
Jo Meiners Brummet, Nokomis, IL
One of our bestselling soaps, May Chang smells sweet, fruity, and intensely lemony, thanks to the essential oil of may chang (Litsea cubeba). The plant is grown and used extensively in the Far East for a host of beneficial uses. The smooth bar creates oodles of silky lather.
Shea butter in the bar moisturizes your skin from head to toe. Turmeric root provides the bar's golden color.
Professor Yi-Lin Chen, a taxonomist at the Chinese Institute of Botany, is intrigued by our May Chang soap. "Litsea cubeba," he explains, "has a strong fragrance of lemon and is good for the skin."
What's may chang? It's the common name of Litsea cubeba, a member of the Laurel family growing in East Asia. Its leaves abound with the chemical compound citral, which smells, well, citrusy, lemony. Lemon verbena essential oil, used in perfumes, would be too expensive to use in our soap. Besides, honestly, we think may chang smells brighter and fresher.
The first-rate cleansing benefits of this bar work well for the face and body. It is also said to relieve oily skin and acne and provide a calming effect on the nervous system.
"Wow—I LOVE the May Chang soap. Like taking a shower with lemon meringue pie! It just may turn out to be my new favorite 'flavor' of Herbaria."
Jackie Bunnell, Lawrence, KS
"I just received my order this afternoon. I had already taken a shower this morning but could not resist trying one of my new soaps. They all look wonderful but I decided to try the May Chang first. The smell is divine! The lather was so creamy, and my skin feels so soft. I keep putting my forearm up to my nose because the scent is still faintly on my skin. I love my soap!"
Rhonda Thornton, Victorville, CA
"My family loves this soap! May Chang is the absolute favorite for mornings."
Linda Egelhoff, Jerseyville, IL
Love May Chang? Try the Lemon May Chang Luffa Soap.