I love making soap. I learned to make soap when I began looking for more natural products to use on myself and my family. The skin is a large porous organ that absorbs whatever is put on it. So if we are using products that contain harmful ingredients such as harsh, toxic chemicals, colors, and fragrances, those ingredients are making their way into our bodies, blood and lymphatic systems. The majority of mainstream body care products contain a cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals, allergens, and irritants. I was tired of the sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petroleums, silicones and so many other synthetics that show up in commercial skin care. I felt like I could provide my family and friends with a much healthier alternative.
I have learned a lot when it comes to creating personal care items but I would consider myself a perpetual student. I am always discovering new ideas for wholesome living. I love incorporating herbs into my products and have enjoyed the creativity that comes from combining my passion of herbalism with my passion for soap-making. I enjoy connecting with my environment by adding bio-regional herbs into my creations. I am able to steward and tend the plant stands that I wild-harvest from. I watch the health of these regions and harvest in a way that promotes the growth and well-being of the plants I use. It is so rewarding to help connect people with their natural environment through the use of my soap and herbal creations. Connection with products like my Black Sage soap, the Neem and Chaparral bar, the Shave soap, both the healing and muscle salves and others. I recently had a customer tell me that they decided to research black sage after using my soap and actually planted several black sage (S. mellifera) in their yard!
The earth has provided all we need for health and wellness and I try to embrace a lifestyle of honoring the gifts of nature and contributing to the health of this world and all its inhabitants.
I feel like the items I make are whole and complete, nourishing and healthy. It is a privilege to be able to provide these products to others.
When using a soap that contains all natural ingredients, bathing becomes an indulgent time to reconnect with nature and the health benefits our earth provides. I have always felt that this is the best bar of soap I've ever used and it is so encouraging to receive the same feedback from those who try it.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my shop. I hope you find an herb-based soap or oil combination that speaks to your heart.
"You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. "
~Thich Nhat Hanh