With the nicer weather, we've made an effort to be outside more. There's something calming to us about the sunshine, the breeze, and the sounds of nature. It helps to ground and reset us, plus it gives us time to reflect. If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen this picture.
One of our quarantine projects was to remove a dead ash tree. As it decayed from the inside, it posed a danger since the limbs had started to fall. It had to go. Here, a month later, is the remaining stump. We marvel at the new life springing from the rot and decay of the old tree. It's a reminder to us that even through the toughest times, such as a heartbreaking loss or the death of a dream, in time there can come hope, newness, even redemption -- perhaps unexpectedly.
Peace to all!
Ben and Polly Gorringe
As soap-makers, we take notice when we see advertisements for soap and soap-related products. We've seen soap advertised with added "Covid-fighting" ingredients such as essential oils or anti-bacterial agents. This supposedly makes the soap "better" against the Corona virus, thus keeping you safer. Knowing what we know about soap, this seems like a gimmick to us. What one person calls a gimmick, another might call marketing (Maybe we are just really bad at marketing!), but we don't want to use fear to take advantage of a consumer. It's just not how we do things. What we do like to do is to educate consumers about our products and how to use them. Here's what you should know -- all soap kills the Corona virus. Fancy soap, inexpensive soap, soap with special additives, soap without any additives, soap that smells like flowers, soap that smells like toilet cleaner... all soap kills the corona virus! Do we want you to buy our soap? Of course we do. We make a superb natural soap that is gentle on skin, comes in fabulous fragrances, and is biodegradable. What all soaps have in common is the essence of soap itself -- the soap molecule. The structure of the soap molecule is what makes it work against the Corona virus. We discussed this in detail the March newsletter. Below is a recap of how soap works. You can find our article here on our blog about how soap annihilates the corona virus.
Our farmers market game is strong this season! We have been participating in the Granville and Newark markets. In June we will be adding the Gahanna and New Albany markets in our line-up! Here's the scoop on these markets.
We will continue to refill your empty foaming soap bottles if you bring those along to any of these farmers markets. The cost of an 8-ounce refill is $4. We also are selling 64-ounce foaming soap refills for $18.99. If you message us ahead of time, we can make sure to bring the large refill of the fragrance you request. Thank you!!!
We are rolling out some new fragrances as summer progresses. If your kids are tired of washing their hands, try some Monkey Farts soap to put a smile on their faces!
This is a fruity and fun scent with top notes of pineapple, middle notes of apples and ripe banana, with a smooth vanilla base.
Stay tuned for more new fragrances coming this summer!
Here's the newest thing in our line-up -- a hand soap perfect for washing up! This is similar to our foaming soap, but it contains a thickener. This way the soap can be easily spread on the hands while washing. It does not require a foaming pump; a regular pump works for this formula.
The concept of soap is simple -- it's a combination of water, oil, and lye. When they combine, the mixture "saponifies," meaning it chemically changes from the ingredients of oil, water, and lye into soap. Each oil brings different properties to the soap. Here's a summary of the oils we use and how they affect the soap.
By combining these organic oils, we create an exclusive blend that ensures a gentle yet effective cleanser which lathers beautifully! We pH test every batch to ensure a mild, properly-processed soap.
To thicken the soap, we use something called hydroxyethylcellulose. This is a plant-derived thickener (thus the cellulose part of the name) that give the soap body and fullness.
To celebrate the arrival of our liquid soap, we are offering 20% off all liquid soap ordered from our website. Use the coupon code LIQUID20 to get this deal! You can shop our new liquid soap here.
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