handmade soap

We’re excited to share our newly designed labels for our soaps, balms, and oils, inspired in part by our trip to the West Coast. Our tried and true recipes remain the same. If you’ve never tried handmade soap before but you’ve been thinking about it, give this a read…

We’re so used to hearing about the quality of the food we put into our bodies and how it affects us. Eating healthier was one of the reasons we started this farmstead, so we could grow our own food with a smaller foot-print while knowing exactly what is and is not going onto our food. Not everyone needs to grow their own produce, but most of us still want to make sure we’re not putting unnecessary chemicals into our bodies…but what about putting unnecessary chemicals ON our bodies?

The skin is our largest organ, absorbing everything we put on it. If we’re concerned with what we’re eating, shouldn’t we be just as concerned with what we’re putting on ourselves and our families multiple times a day? According to the The EU Cosmetics Directive, the European Union “bans 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. In comparison, the U.S. FDA has only banned or restricted 11 chemicals from cosmetics.”

Ours aren’t the only products out there made from all natural ingredients, without chemicals or additives or preservatives, but we are one of many who are trying to provide additional options for people who are concerned about the overuse of potentially hazardous chemicals.

Our soap base is made from natural and organic vegetable oils, and scented with essential oils. No fragrance or synthetic oils are ever used. Our soaps receive their natural color from the organically grown herbs from our farmstead, which also makes them great for gentle exfoliation.

Did you know that a natural byproduct of the soap making process is glycerin, a natural moisturizer which remains in a finished bar of soap. By contrast, store-bought soap products such as body washes or detergents remove this glycerin, which is why they can be so harsh and drying on skin. The extra glycerin created from manufactured soap is typically then used to make lotions and moisturizers. The perfect way to have you spend twice. Dry your skin with one product, then purchase another to replenish this moisture. When you use handmade soap exclusively this cycle of moisture loss almost completely stops. While I’ve been known to send my husband to work with bars of our soap, sometimes that’s just not practical. This is why we also have all natural hand and body salves to replenish lost moisture from the use of harsh soaps, extra winter dryness, or working in an environment tough on hands such as gardening, woodworking, or health care.

Are you intrigued? Take a look at our shop for lots of options for all different kinds of budgets. On one end of the spectrum we have sample sizes if you’re interested in trying something out, to full soap loaves if you’re ready to commit. And if you have questions we’re always happy to answer them.

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