How does soap fit into the farming landscape you ask? Good question! Well, the answer to that would be because farming is dirty. And if you do it right, really dirty! We must wash our hands twenty times on a good day, and triple that on a messy one. Commercial soaps and detergents really dry out your skin. The harsh chemicals strip the natural oils and I always ended up with split cuticles and split and chapped skin. Ouch! The wintertime is the worst.
So when I read about natural soaps and realized that I could find so many of the ingredients on the farm, I, of course, had to try it. Well, that was eight years ago now and we have never looked back.
Soap is surprisingly political (seriously!). Commercial detergent soaps contain tallow, which is beef fat from feedlot cattle, and palm oils, a product largely responsible for the deforestation and destruction of the amazon rain forests. I understand that every purchase has ramifications, but these are both issues close to my heart.
So the soap I make contains sustainably produced rich shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil. I add beeswax and honey from our bees and herbs and fruit from the farm. I make cow milk soaps and also limited small batches of lard soap and soap with egg yolks. No, the soap doesn’t smell like pork or fried eggs, but it is lusciously creamy rich and makes your skin so soft!
The soaps are scented with essential oils, fragrance oils or a mixture of both. Some soaps are uncolored and others are tinted with natural clays. I do not use any artificial colorants, as many people are sensitive to them. The soap is a lot of fun to make, I hope you love it as much as we do!