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When I was laid off, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands - too much time some might say! I love to cook and in between searching for jobs, I started searching for recipes and trying them out. One day, bored to death, I started searching for a hobby that would give me something to do to get through what seemed like the longest winter on record. Jobless and cold weather is not a good combination! By combining my infectious enthusiasm for high quality products and natural curiosity for how things are made (I am a biochemist by trade), I began searching for recipes for products I could produce at home. Somehow, my research led me to an article about making Castile soap. Intrigued, I thought, “why not”!

My first batch produced the best soap I’ve ever used. Ironically, I noticed my usual “winter skin syndrome” vanished. I gave samples to friends and family and their response was…

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  • Joined November 27, 2011

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organic extra virgin olive oil, organic essential oils, lavender, herbs, aromatherapy, citrus, certified organic rolled oats, organic botanicals, organic aloe vera, organic cinammon

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When I was laid off, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands - too much time some might say! I love to cook and in between searching for jobs, I started searching for recipes and trying them out. One day, bored to death, I started searching for a hobby that would give me something to do to get through what seemed like the longest winter on record. Jobless and cold weather is not a good combination! By combining my infectious enthusiasm for high quality products and natural curiosity for how things are made (I am a biochemist by trade), I began searching for recipes for products I could produce at home. Somehow, my research led me to an article about making Castile soap. Intrigued, I thought, “why not”!

My first batch produced the best soap I’ve ever used. Ironically, I noticed my usual “winter skin syndrome” vanished. I gave samples to friends and family and their response was “this soap is great, where can I get more?” When my wife used the soap as a bridal shower favor, the guests raved about it. I started to see the potential for a market.

We only use the very best ingredients in our soap - certified organic extra virgin olive oil, certified organic essential oils instead of "fragrance" for a subtle scent (in our scented soaps), food grade lye and water. That’s it – pure, clean and natural. No fillers, surprises or ingredients you cannot pronounce. If you read the labels of other artisan soaps, you will find they are usually made with a blend of oils. We find olive oil gives the soap a silky finish that pampers your skin. The centuries old original recipes for castile soap only used olive and laurel oil. Since laurel oil was harder to find, most soap artisans switched to using olive oil. Our artisan soap is made by hand in small batches using the cold process. We use certified organic essential oils instead of "fragrance" for their delicate bouquet and high quality. Scented soaps have a soft whiff of aroma – as subtle and gentle as the soap itself. Since only plant products are used, our soaps are vegan friendly.

We are testing new combinations all the time. Please check back often to see what is new and if you have any suggestions or requests, please contact us! We are open to ideas and feedback.

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