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April 28, 2018
Our noses have a way of sniffing out nostalgia. There's nothing quite like the scent of petrichor, that sweet earthy smell that fills the air evoking childhood memories of grabbing our boots to go out to jump in puddles and look for rainbows.
The word "petrichor" comes from the ancient Greek: it's a combination of ichor, the "ethereal essence" the Greeks believed flowed through the veins of their gods, and petros, the stones that form the surface of the Earth.
The earthy aroma can be traced to three chemical sources, says Joe Hansen in this episode of It's Okay To Be Smart. The first one thing we smell is ozone, which actually gets its name from the Greek word meaning "to smell". As storm clouds approach, the electrical charge of lightning splits the surrounding oxygen molecules into separate atoms, and some of those will reform into ozone. The wind sweeps the molecules downwards to the vicinity of our noses. Once the rain starts to fall and hit the soil we smell something new and different; the petrichor,
Hanson explains it this way. "When decomposed organic material is blown airborne from dry soil, it lands on dirt and rock where it's joined by minerals. And the whole mixture is cooked in this magical medley of molecules. Falling raindrops then send those chemicals airborne, right into your nostalgic nostrils."
And then oh how the flowers did come in May.
From the gardens waved the precocious sunny yellow of the Daffodils and the new vibrant hues of the pansies. And the royalty of the tall stalks and the deep purple blooms of the Iris. And the lilac trees. The gloriously fragrant lilacs that would be cut from the trees and then wrapped in a newspaper so we could take a bouquet to school for the teacher to be placed in a vase a window sill.
We're pretty obsessed with scent around here. Spring never fails to impress us with its heady offerings.
Chaucer had it right in the famous opening to the Canterbury Tales;
"When April comes with his sweet, fragrant showers, which pierce the dry ground of March, and bathe every root of every plant in sweet liquid, then people desire to go on pilgrimages."
May 17, 2020
The easy to identify scent of patchouli essential oil is rich, earthy and strong. It stimulates the senses; as deep a mystery and as dark as the night itself. We love patchouli soap blends so much at Island Thyme Soap Company we'd marry it if we could. But not everyone is a fan.
May 03, 2020
Last month we announced the names of the three charities Island Thyme Soap Company chose to feature in our Giving Back Program as we continue to move through coronavirus crisis. During this time of uncertainty and spiking unemployment, many in the Tampa Bay area are struggling with essentials, like groceries. Today we're highlighting the featured charity that's making the biggest impact on our immediate neightbors.
April 25, 2020
To honor Earth Day's 50th anniversary we are proud to announce our Carbon Neutral Shipping initiative.
Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. The earth will adjust to the changing climate. Humanity will have a tougher time.
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We'll donate 10% of the sale of every bar of soap sold to the Chartitable Organizations such as Direct Relief, World Central Kitchen and Feeding America Tampa Bay.
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