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by Fiona McBryde April 10, 2021 2 min read

Hands up, who’s heard of Calendula? 

If it sounds unfamiliar, you are definitely not alone. Of all our soaps, it’s the one which prompts the most questions and interest from our customers or visitors to the soapery.  We’ve shared and answered some of the most frequently asked questions below

From soup to soap

In the soapery, we know Calendula best as a herb that we infuse in plant based oils to make nourishing body oils, salves and of course our popular Calendula soap. You might know it better as pot marigold (though not be too confused with French Marigold) - the bright orange annuals which grow freely in the summer. The name stemming from when petals were literally added to the pot for a savoury taste, as a poor man's saffron.  

Its full scientific name - Calendula Officinalis - will give you the best clue to its identity. The Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus gave Calendula its Officinalis classification, meaning "of or belonging to an officina", the storeroom of a monastery, where medicines and other necessaries were kept.  


From ancient Greeks to field hospitals in the First World War,  this versatile herb, packed full of antioxidants has long been recognised for its skin healing and anti-inflammatory properties in the form of balms or poultices. 

Finally to soap. A calendula infusion makes a gentle cleansing soap and has become an instant classic in our collection.

What is calendula soap?

Calendula soap is made from the infusion of dried calendula flowers in a good quality carrier oil, such as olive or sunflower. Petals can be added for decorative effect, where uniquely in cold process soap, they retain their vibrant orange and yellow colours.

What is calendula soap good for?

With a mild and gently cleansing lather, calendula soap can benefit those with dry, sensitive skin or skin conditions which are prone to irritation such as eczema or psoriasis. Its soothing nature makes it suitable for everyday use by all the family.

What does calendula soap smell like?

The sweet and musky scent of calendula flowers fade during the soap making process, leaving a delicate herbal aroma. Whilst essential oils or fragrance may be added,  the natural lightly scented of calendula soap is soothing and makes a good neutral choice. 

What other soaps are similar to calendula?

A gentle and unscented soap such as goats’ milk and honey soap is a good alternative to calendula soap if you are looking to avoid any potential allergens. Another option might be Lavender & Oatmilk soap, which is enjoyed for its calming properties.

Fiona McBryde
Fiona McBryde

Founder. Soap maker. Never finishes a cup of tea.

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