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After receiving a bachelor's degree in Horticulture I started an organic vegetable farm in 2005. During the winter I started making crafts using some of the herbs, vegetables and other products from the farm. The craft part of the business took off quickly. Soon, it was difficult to have time for both the farm and the soap business. So, I had to decide between farming and soaping.... soaping won!

I have attended countless farmers' markets, craft shows and festivals over the past 5 years introducing my soap and bath products. Although recent years have been very difficult for any small business, an indie craft business such as mine has been very rewarding nonetheless even with the struggles that have now become the norm.

I enjoy the formulation aspect of making bath products from scratch. Cold processed soap has a lot of chemistry at…

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  • Joined January 11, 2009

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Shea butter, mango butter, recyclable packaging, biodegradable packaging, camellia seed oil, dead sea salt, calendula, organic, herbs

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After receiving a bachelor's degree in Horticulture I started an organic vegetable farm in 2005. During the winter I started making crafts using some of the herbs, vegetables and other products from the farm. The craft part of the business took off quickly. Soon, it was difficult to have time for both the farm and the soap business. So, I had to decide between farming and soaping.... soaping won!

I have attended countless farmers' markets, craft shows and festivals over the past 5 years introducing my soap and bath products. Although recent years have been very difficult for any small business, an indie craft business such as mine has been very rewarding nonetheless even with the struggles that have now become the norm.

I enjoy the formulation aspect of making bath products from scratch. Cold processed soap has a lot of chemistry at play. Any science nerd would have a blast making soap! It is amazing to select oils and butters for their benefits and have those benefits carry into a bar of soap! Formulating soap is a lot more than getting a good lather. The goal is to have a mildly cleansing bar that conditions the skin leaving it moisturized and supple. In addition the soap has to perform well without cracking, getting soft in between uses AND it should last a lot longer than commercial "detergent bars". Some of my favorite ingredients to work with are shea butter, avocado oil, coconut milk and olive oil, which can be found in most of my soap formulations.

Lotion and other products that "stay" on the skin offer a completely different challenge than soap making. I didn't even attempt making lotion at first because it is an intimidating craft on its own. A good lotion should be be smooth, creamy and sink into the skin without being greasy. It goes without saying that it should also be very moisturizing and skin nourishing. I have discovered many exotic and rare oils that make lotions, scrubs, lip balms and body butters fantastic and superior to any mass produced products. Some of my favorite ingredients for these types of products are, camellia seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, sunflower oil and calendula extract.


I decided right from the beginning not to use any ingredients considered and/or proven to be harmful. I do NOT use any parabens and all of my products are phthalate-free!

I am very conscientious of each and every ingredient for their benefits, but also of their origins. Ingredients for my products must come from environmentally sustainable farming practices and not be tested on animals. I prefer organic ingredients, but they are increasingly difficult to source. Sustainable palm oil is the only type of palm oil that will ever be found in our soaps. The environment and its inhabitants benefit from organic, sustainable palm sourced by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RTSPO). Likewise, organic, Fair Trade African shea butter adds a lot of moisturizing benefits to our soaps and other products. The farmers' of the shea receive higher than open market prices for their harvest. It is also important to us that the shea be unrefined. This means that all of the beneficial compounds and nutrients found in raw shea remain. Lastly, all of the botanicals we use are either organic or pesticide free. This even includes the sugar in our scrubs which is organic, Florida grown.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or considerations you may have about our products. We will be very happy to answer them.

Please note that my products are made in small batches and supply frequently runs low or sells out. I do my best to keep up, but if you don't see what you are looking for please feel free to contact me :o)

All of our products contain NO PHTHALATES or PARABENS.

Blogs we're featured in:

http://myhandmadeaddiction.blogspot.com/
http://www.bitmoms.com/
http://www.imnotthenanny.com/2010/06/pamper-time-natures-edge-farm-bar-soap.html

~John
Soapmaker

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