Upcoming Shows, 2017:
Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME June 3 & 4
Yarmouth Clam Festival, Yarmouth ME- July 21 -23
Moore Park Art Show, South Paris, ME July 30
American Folk Festival, Bangor, ME- August 26-28
Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, ME - September 22-24
Fryeburg Fair, Fryeburg, ME - October 1-8
DECA Holiday Craft Fair, OHCHS, South Paris, ME - November 18
Care & Feeding of Natural Handmade Soap
Since our handmade soap is in its pure and natural state, it doesn't contain any synthetic preservatives or artificial hardeners. It doesn't need to. With just a little care and feeding, you can prolong the life of your soap and it will serve you very well.
• Don't let your soap sit in water.
• Feed your soap plenty of fresh air between uses.
• Store your soap on a well drained soap dish.
• Use a natural wash cloth or loofah to extend its life (or better yet, nothing at all!).
• Use your fresh new soap within 6 months of purchase.
• Store unused soap in a dark cool place like a lingerie drawer or linen closet.
About Our Natural Handmade Soap
We handcraft our soap using the cold process method, which means the only heat used is to melt the solid oils, so the goodness of the natural ingredients is preserved as much as possible. Each bar contains a high percentage of palm oil to increase longevity, to which we add coconut oil for fluffy lather, and nutrient rich olive oil. In our Naked soaps, we add natural botanicals and fragrant spices. Finally, we scent our aromatic soaps with only pure essential oils extracted from plants... fresh clean scents, naturally.
You might ask: Why use natural handmade soap, when soap from the store is so much cheaper? Read on…
Armed with a little bit of knowledge, real handcrafted natural soap is fairly easy to spot. It should say "soap" on the label. By law, fake soaps can't use that term so they call it a "beauty bar" or a "moisturizing bar" or some other phrase. You can use the microwave test to distinguish real soap from “detergent soaps”. A melt and pour soap will begin to liquefy after 10-15 seconds in the microwave. (They don't last very long in your tub or shower either.) Cold process soap won't melt that easily. Most of the melt and pour soap bases don't have as much skin care value as cold process soaps and many of them (especially the cheap ones) contain harsh and sometimes even harmful ingredients. If you want superior skin care, choose cold process soap. Avoid fragrance oils, perfume oils, potpourri oils, and nature identical oils which are all different words for synthetic fragrance oils. Many of them contain unknown or toxic ingredients, they pollute our environment, and they're one of the biggest causes of skin irritation and skin sensitivities today. Just because a product has a botanical sounding name does NOT mean it came from a plant either. Many scents such as watermelon, peach, pear, apple, strawberry, pomegranate, coconut and many others are synthetic scents made in a laboratory. Likewise, many soaps supposedly containing vanilla, jasmine, rose, lemon verbena, and sandalwood are also made with synthetic scents because the real essential oils, absolutes, or concretes are very expensive or even endangered..
Why are Antibacterial Soaps A Bad Idea?
Triclosan is the antibacterial agent commonly found in antibacterial soaps, lotions, acne products, cosmetics and other personal care products. It is classified as a pesticide by the EPA and as a drug by the FDA. The EPA considers it a possible risk to human health and to the environment. Chemically, triclosan is almost the same as some of the most toxic chemicals on earth: dioxins, PCB's, and Agent Orange. And then there is the whole thing about killing bacteria. Contrary to popular belief, not all bacteria is bad – some are absolutely necessary for good health. When you use an antibacterial product, you are not only killing the beneficial bacteria, but you are killing off the weakest “bad” bacteria, leaving the strongest to proliferate.
Any soap that is not made in this way, is NOT soap.Today there are very few true soaps on the market. Most body cleansers, both liquid and solid, are actually synthetic detergent products that are full of petro chemicals. Some of these detergent products are actually marketed as "soap" but are not true soap according to the regulatory definition of the word. This includes the clear (or opaque) "glycerin" soaps, most of the commercial shower gels and liquid soaps on the market, the highly touted "hypoallergenic" soaps recommended by main stream dermatologists, virtually all of those rock hard triple milled overpriced French soaps, and even many of the supposedly "natural" soaps found at your local health food store! Check out the ingredients and you'll see just how many cheap oils & fats (like soy, canola, animal fat or tallow) and synthetic petro-chemicals their so called "soaps" really contain.
The bottom line? If the scent used in soap is not a true essential oil then it has no aromatherapeutic benefits. Ask the soapmaker. Go to the health food store and smell the real essential oils. After a while, your nose (and skin) will know the difference. Look for soaps made with real essential oils which are extracted from plants that are safe and therapeutic when used properly. Other synthetic additives to avoid are FD&C colors, dyes, antibacterial triclosan & triclocarban, EDTA, TEA, DEA, sodium laureth and sodium lauryl sulfates, to name a few. They're not kind to your skin, your health or our environment.
How To Tell Real Soap from ‘Detergents’
“Soap” is a product made by combining fats or oils and an alkali, such as lye. The fats and oils, which may be from animal, vegetable, or mineral sources, are degraded into free fatty acids, which then combine with the alkali to form crude soap. The lye reacts with the oils, turning what starts out as liquid into blocks of soap. When made properly, no lye remains in the finished product. In the past, people commonly made their own soap using animal fats and lye that had been extracted from wood ashes.