People say that change is inevitable; progress is optional. Ha! Medicine Wheel Herbals is going into its third year of business, and some days it feels like Change is our middle name! We’d like to share some of our progressive changes with you, and, as always, welcome your feedback! Throughout all of our changes, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to make chemical free, herbal infused skin care products of the highest quality for YOU, our discerning customers.
We will soon be changing our name to Medicine Wheel Herbals LLC. We started out making a handful of different herbal infused, cold process soaps and a couple of creams. We now make over 30 types of herbal infused, cold process soaps, and no longer make a traditional cream. We have added liquid hand soap, body butters, lotion bars, aluminum free deodorant, and an assortment of herbal wellness products to our line of skin care. This change will better allow for our growth, and give you our customer, more confidence in our business structure.
Last week we met the founders, Amanda and Benjamin of The Lovin Soap Project. The Lovin’ Soap Project teaches business and soap making skills to women in developing countries, helping them to start businesses. Millions of women in less-developed countries live under crushing poverty and discrimination that makes access to basic needs such as healthcare, safe childbirth, education, employment, and participation in their own communities, nearly impossible. The Lovin’ Soap Project empowers women with economic opportunity through the microbusiness of artisan soapmaking. You can read more about the Lovin’ Soap Project at http://www.lovinsoapproject.org. We are thrilled to announce that this summer, Medicine Wheel Herbals is beginning an ongoing, financial commitment of support to the Lovin’ Soap Project .
We’re very proud that we continue to source our plant oils and butters from sustainable, fair trade, often times organic, farmers. Medicine Wheel Herbals’ prices have not changed in three years, while prices all around us have risen. This week some of our prices will be increasing so that we may continue to buy the highest, greenest quality, sustainable, fair trade oils for our products. We realize that we could make a great bar of soap with chemically extracted oils and pomace. Remember your Easter baskets back in the day, with the enormous milk chocolate bunny in it? Remember your disappointment on your first bite when the chocolate head crumbled in your lap because it was hollow and not solid? We are building our reputation on high quality, solidly good, and good for you, products. When you take off our biodegradable wrapper, we want you to know that there are no hidden, chemical surprises in our products.
We like to investigate where our oils and butters come from and how they are processed. We recently met Funlay Alabi from Africa who told us the story of the shea butter that we buy, and we thought you might enjoy knowing about our shea butter as well. The African women who collect the shea nuts from the ground have no mechanical equipment. Usually with their babies strapped onto their back, they pick up individual shea nuts that have dropped to the ground under the shea tree. Back in the village, the elder women and the young girls process the nuts into shea butter. Beyond the shea nut season, women farm with their husbands and his other wives. The farmer alone decides what percentage of his profits will go to which wife. The shea nut season is important to all women, but especially important to the wife who may have fallen out of favor with her husband, as the money she earns from the shea butter is hers. An amazing story of resilient women always makes me happy!
This past year, we have had numerous conversations and requests for skin care products made with specific, exotic butters and oils. Always up for a challenge, we have decided to add an organic, luxury line of skin care products that we will introduce later this year. Look for them!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our current and pending changes. Leave us a comment or stop by one of our farmers’ markets and tell us what you think!