Calendula is an herb of ancient medical repute, said to 'comfort the heart and spirits.' I plant it between the rows in my garden and it helps with weed and pest control. The large, sunny flowers keep things looking cheerful, while picking the sticky blossoms provides evidence of the the skin-soothing properties it promises. We start with olive oil infused with flower heads that impart their goodness to our soap. We finish with traces of the beautiful orange-colored petals that remind us with each washing that this one is truly earthy. Contributing to calendula's soothing properties is the hardy addition of shea butter. Essential oils of petitgrain, bergamot, sandalwood, sweet orange and patchouli add heady comfort to beauty and all is well. . . .