ANaturalAlternative

Handcrafted Soaps & Toiletries

Emmaus, Pennsylvania · 158 Sales

ANaturalAlternative

Handcrafted Soaps & Toiletries

Emmaus, Pennsylvania 158 Sales On Etsy since 2006

5 out of 5 stars
(71)

Announcement   All of my products are inspired by nature. They are all free from preservatives (parabens) and detergents (sulfates and sulfites) as well as dyes and phalates. My soaps are made by a process called hand milling. This process takes more time, but produces a harder, longer lasting bar of soap that has a more luxurious lather. Most of my soaps are also all made with organic whole milk which improves their skin feel. All of my products are made from my own recipes; no premade bases or mixes of any kind are used.

I make what I love and I hope that you love it too. I am always available to make something special just for you.

There are always more products available including clearance and discontinued scents at my website:

http://www.a-natural-alternative.com

Announcement

All of my products are inspired by nature. They are all free from preservatives (parabens) and detergents (sulfates and sulfites) as well as dyes and phalates. My soaps are made by a process called hand milling. This process takes more time, but produces a harder, longer lasting bar of soap that has a more luxurious lather. Most of my soaps are also all made with organic whole milk which improves their skin feel. All of my products are made from my own recipes; no premade bases or mixes of any kind are used.

I make what I love and I hope that you love it too. I am always available to make something special just for you.

There are always more products available including clearance and discontinued scents at my website:

http://www.a-natural-alternative.com

Hedge Sefcovic

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Hedge Sefcovic

Activated Charcoal Soap
$5.00
Avocado Almond Soap
$5.00
Avocado Almond Guest Soap
$2.00
Black Cherry Oatmeal Soap
$5.00
Coconut Candy Soap
$5.00
Facial Soap
$5.00
Fern Flower Soap
$5.00
Frankincense Orange Blossom Soap
$5.00
Ginger White Tea Soap
$5.00
Ginger White Tea Guest Soap
$2.00
Grapefruit Splash Soap
$5.00
Harvest Soap
$5.00
Himalayan Salt Soap
$5.00
Irish Moss Soap
$5.00
Lavender Soap
$5.00
Lavender Guest Soap
$2.00
Lavender Peppermint Soap
$5.00
Lemongrass Soap
$5.00
Lemongrass Guest Soap
$2.00
Lemon Verbena Soap
$5.00
Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey Soap
$5.00
Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey Guest Soap
$2.00
Ocean Tides Soap
$5.00
Patchouli Soap
$5.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(71)
Angie Pettigrew

Angie Pettigrew on Dec 4, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love this soap. It works wonders on eczema.

ohailexahh

ohailexahh on Dec 2, 2016

5 out of 5 stars
ohailexahh

ohailexahh on Dec 2, 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Lynn Bullock

Lynn Bullock on Nov 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

love it love it love -- i wet felted them into lil' tiny gifty things for the holidays -- initially i couldn't smell the lavender, but after the wool dried it came back -- SO good

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Updates

Finishing up a few hundred 2oz Wool Washes. Hope I have enough for this weekend's Steel City Fiber Festival!

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Wool Wash 2oz-Lanolin Free
$4.00

About

It has been a long and winding path to get here...

I grew up in the small town of Perth, NY. I was close to the earth, always outside, making mud pies when young, and when older, riding my bike everywhere I wanted to go.

I graduated college from SUNY Brockport with a degree in theater. I loved to design and build sets, but most of what I loved was to paint them. The brush in my hand, the mixing of colors, even the smell of the paint was something I was passionate about. When I graduated, I moved to Las Vegas and worked for a company that built some of the best scenery and rides around. I was taken away from painting by moving into a role that kept me behind a desk, in meetings, and watching the creative process from afar.

Life took me to Orlando, Florida, and once again I was near the creative process, but not a true part of it. Working for one of the major theme parks in town taught me about budgeting, planning, and lots about office politics. I wanted to be creative again; I needed to be creative again.

So I started taking floral design classes. It was back to being all about color. How the colors of flowers looked next to one another, how they looked in a particular vessel or vase, and what those colors conveyed to the recipient. Then there was another facet – fragrance.

These classes brought me to dozens of craft stores, where a hot item was the “melt and pour” soaps. I was intrigued and started making glycerin soaps for friends. I found many, many websites dedicated to the craft and these websites led me to newsgroups where people who shared this passion from all over the world met virtually to learn and discuss from one another. It was during this time that I started to learn about my own issues: that avoiding many preservatives and ingredients would make my skin look and feel so much better. I started to eat healthier and search for healthier options for my skin as well.

During this searching for the most natural products, I was led to the art of cold processed soap making. I started out doing it as close to the “old way” as I could: rendering my own tallow and making soap from it. Quickly I had too much for my friends and family to use, so I started selling it at craft shows. It still amazes me to this day that anyone bought those early bars and encouraged me to make more. But they did, and things grew and grew.

Just a year or two later life once again took a turn and brought me to Pennsylvania. I started out near Lansdale, but quickly learned that my heart was in the Lehigh Valley. There are many aspects to the Lehigh Valley that remind me of where I grew up, but mostly it is the friendliness and loyalty of the people mixed with the beautiful countryside and an inherent spirit of entrepreneurship.

Since 2000 I have been making soaps in Pennsylvania. My business has grown into a full time endeavor. My father and I spend about 150 days a year at craft fairs and farmer’s markets within a 60 mile radius of our home. Due to the Internet people from all over are learning about me and ordering my products. We have renovated a large section of our home into a workshop dedicated to my business. We even carefully chose our home so that I would have the perfect place to work.

When you buy my products, you bring home a little piece of me. I make everything myself, from scratch, using my own recipes and formulations. I only make products that are free of preservatives, detergents, and dyes. All of my products are vegetarian, many are vegan, most are gluten-free as well.

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  • Hedge Sefcovic

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    Since 2000 I have been making soaps. My business has grown into a full time endeavor. Due to the Internet people from all over are learning about me and ordering my products. When you buy my products, you bring home a little piece of me.

Local

Find ANaturalAlternative at the following upcoming markets!

  • Baum School of Art Holiday Gift Gallery

    Baum School Of Art, 510 W Linden St

    Allentown, PA

    Dec 1–22

    30% of sales goes to the Baum School of Art and their outreach programs

  • Holiday Art Mart

    The Art Establishment, 945 Broadway

    Fountain Hill, PA

    Dec 1–23

    unique gifts of fine art, jewelry, textiles, crafts and much more

  • Christkindlmarkt

    ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way

    Bethlehem, PA

    Dec 8–11

    Named one of the top holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem showcases fine art and unique holiday gifts by 100 artisans from throughout the nation, live holiday music, ice carving and glassblowing demonstrations, and jolly, old St. Nicholas. The event, which serves as the anchor of Bethlehem’s holiday events and attractions, offers a unique holiday and shopping experience that attracts people from throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic Region.

  • Christkindlmarkt

    ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way

    Bethlehem, PA

    Dec 15–18

    Named one of the top holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem showcases fine art and unique holiday gifts by 100 artisans from throughout the nation, live holiday music, ice carving and glassblowing demonstrations, and jolly, old St. Nicholas. The event, which serves as the anchor of Bethlehem’s holiday events and attractions, offers a unique holiday and shopping experience that attracts people from throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic Region.

  • Pennsylvania Farm Show

    Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, 2300 N Cameron St

    Harrisburg, PA

    Jan 7–14

    Pennsylvania is proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits. Join us Jan. 7-14, 2017, to celebrate agriculture at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show.

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Last updated on Apr 13, 2016
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Custom and personalized orders

Special Orders:

I specialize in helping customers with special skincare needs. My manufacturing process is centered on making small batches. This makes it easy for me to change fragrances and ingredients quickly. With thousands of fragrances and essential oils available to me, I can work with you to blend your perfect fragrance. Want a specific ingredient? I can easily customize any product to suit your particular desires.

Every year I help dozens of customers achieve their soapy dreams. I made many new fragrances including Grapefruit, Dragon’s Blood, and even Bacon! I put a new spin on existing products by making shampoo bars in different fragrances, including Bug Off and Pina Colada. I already have special lip balms (vanilla-mint) and l

Wholesale availability

I wholesale my products using Etsy Wholesale. All information is located there. Special arrangements can be made for consignment, please contact me for more information.