Farmer Jane Soap (+Giveaway!!!)
I like to think of myself as a bit of a soap connoisseur. Well, kind of. Here’s the deal: for years, I worked in the HBC (Health & BodyCare) departments of a number of natural foods stores. We dealt with soap in these stores on a daily basis, whether that manifested as unloading bars of it from packing crates, straightening it on display shelves, or attending staff trainings (and getting free samples!) from various vendors of it.
Over time, I came to appreciate all that goes into soap-making. Natural soap-making, that is. Get me near a bar of synthetically scented, chemically-laden soap and let the headaches begin! All-natural, pure soaps, though, are a thing of beauty. I could sniff, and hold, and bathe with, and otherwise adore them forever.
My maternal grandmother, Granny, who passed away this October, provides my greatest childhood soap-related memory. She and my grandfather, Pop Pop, owned a large, stone house in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. As soon as you entered their home, into the foyer, there was a walk-down bathroom immediately to the left, situated under the staircase. Gran always had a bar of linden-scented soap in there. To my tiny nose, it was the most transcendent fragrance imaginable. To this day, whenever I catch a whiff of linden, I’m immediately transported back to epic family gatherings (my father was one of 8 siblings), unparalleled in their abundance of food, laughter, and shenanigans (my dad’s twin brothers, Pete and Lloyd, were always up to something….still are, in fact, kind of the brown-haired-now grey-haired, older version of Fred & George Weasley of Harry Potter fame).
Today, I have the immense pleasure of introducing you to my current soap crush. Farmer Jane Soap, locally based in Fairview, N.C., is a purveyor of fine goat milk soaps. A sponsor of small measure since back in July, Molly Hamilton and Sydney Green, the forces behind the soap, are near neighbors turned soap makers. The goats supplying the milk used in their soap are milked by hand. Furthermore, the Farmers Jane employ a number of sustainably minded business practices, including:
*Keeping the herd small, so as to avoid overgrazing.
*Raising the goats on pasture and brush.
*Use of completely all-natural plant and animal-derived ingredients.
*Exclusive use of recycled and recyclable packaging materials.
Here’s a description of what goes into each bar, from their website:
About quarter of every bar is fresh, creamy goat milk that gives extra moisturizing properties and a more neutral pH that is almost the same as your skin’s. That means it’s not too acidic or too alkaline, so it doesn’t leave your skin feeling either dry or oily. Our soap also contains olive oil, coconut oil and palm oil, just enough water, and lye that is made neutral by the time the soap is finished. You are bathing with nourishing vitamins, minerals and proteins every time you lather up.
Molly generously provided several sample bars last summer, and, having spent all the time with soap mentioned above, I can assure you, these are quality goods, friends. Expertly scented, creamy and soft on the skin-just what you want in a bar of soap.
And now the generosity of Farmer Jane is being extended to you. Today I’m pleased to announce a giveaway of two gift packs of 3-4.5 ounce bars of lovely goat’s milk soap. Yeehaw! Here are Molly’s descriptions of the soaps included:
Honey Oatmeal: Two skin nutrients,ground oatmeal and local honey, make this soap great for sensitive skin, as well as a gentle exfoliator
TLC: Teatree, lavender, and clary sage essential oils combine to make a healing and great smelling soap. We use a green French clay in this soap which provides color and helps draw toxins from the skin.
Lavender: Classic relaxing lavender scent
Citrus Ginger: A refreshing, spicy, citrus-y scent–warming and invigorating
Lemon Poppyseed: This soap makes a great scrubber. I especially like it in the kitchen where the lemon essential oil rids my hands of garlic (onion, etc.) scents.
Rosemary: Pine-y and fresh, this soap is stimulating and good for oily skin.
This is the soap you want to be using, on your hands, face, babies-everything. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment stating your favorite soap scent. I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding next Wednesday, April 10th, midnight EST. In your comment, please leave a means of contacting you should you be the winner, via either a link back to your blog or website, or by providing your email address in your comment. I’ll contact the randomly selected winners directly, so it’s essential that you leave me a means of being able to do so in your comment.
Either way, do check out Farmer Jane Soaps. They’ve got a good thing going, in so very many luxuriously emollient, divinely scented ways.