Using a hoja santa infusion creates a spicy musky scented soap, rich in unrefined shea, and avocado oil. Hoja Santais Spanish for "holy herb" - it's also referred to as yerba santa, Mexican pepperleaf, or here in the U.S., the root beer plant.
It grows in Arizona, Mexico and Southern California and is used in Mexican dishes like mole, and as a wrap for tamales.
The large leaves of the plant were used by the Native Americans as a sort of medicine, to treat respiratory conditions. An extract of the plant is used as flavoring and the plant is wonderful for skin when applied topically.
Activated charcoal helps draw out toxins from the skin, and the soap is scented with a combination of palo santo, lavender and cedarwood essential oils.