I know my product. I know every ingredient that I put in my product and I know exactly why I put it in my product. Whether or not anybody bought my soap, or whether I made it for myself...I would make it the same. My soaps speak to who I am. For example, I take the time to infuse my oils with herbs; Herbs that mean something to me and my skin-not just pretty herbs or herbs that grind up well to sprinkle on the soap. I make most of my infused oils during the summer months because the sun's energy and heat pull the herb's essence into the oil. I never infuse oils by cooking them on the stove.
I choose the oils that go into each soap and this decision is based on what I want from the soap. I consider whether I want big bubbles, cascading bubbles, creamy lather or a combination of these. I get earth friendly oils which means that I spend more money to buy organic, sustainably grown and harvested palm oil and not the less expensive version that comes at the cost of deforestation. I buy pure olive oil that is cold pressed without chemicals instead of the less expensive olive oil pomace that is collected through a chemical extraction process. Buying ingredients like this is important to me.
A number of soap vendors at this craft fair asked me what I thought about having a craft fair with numerous soap makers. I LOVE it! I make a specialized soap. I make a wonderful soap. But I understand that my soap will not please everyone. Some people want a stronger smelling soap than one scented with essential oils, or a soap with vibrant colors that herbs do not produce. Guess what? There are some great soap makers out there who make these soaps! I would far rather that people bought soaps from local soap makers than from corporations selling petroleum based detergents as grocery store soap.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the people who stop by and talk to us, who ask questions, read labels, and then listen to our explanations. Thank you to the people who read my blog, like and comment on my facebook page and choose to use Medicine Wheel Herbals chemical free products. Thank You.