It’s more important than ever to wash your hands to stop the spread of Coronavirus. But frequent hand-washing with conventional soap is harsh on your skin. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are too. A natural soap is a completely different experience!
Natural soap is made through a process called saponification, and formulated with excess oils to make an amazing, nourishing product for your skin. Glycerin is a natural byproduct of the process. It attracts moisture from the air to create a protective barrier on your skin that prevents it from drying out.
Conventional mass-produced “soap” is a bit of a misnomer. It has more in common with detergent than actual soap. It is a combination of synthetic detergents—which strip the skin, foaming agents, and chemical fragrance. Fragrance is a blanket term that doesn’t reveal the chemical cocktail that it is. All too often it includes phthalates, which are harmful to your health and the environment. FDA does not require manufacturers to disclose what’s in fragrance. This is known as the fragrance loophole.
Mayapple Soaps are made with pure essential oils instead of fragrance. They are free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (or similar), petroleum products, formaldehyde, and synthetic colors. They feature garden-grown and wild-foraged herbs, and plant-based colors. Formulated to support a healthy lifestyle, Mayapple Soaps contain many organic ingredients and medicinal plants. They are made in small batches in a solar-powered kitchen in Brookland, a historic neighborhood in Washington, DC.
Many ingredients come directly from my herb garden. Others ingredients come from a small farm in Northeast DC, Three Part Harmony Farm. Goat milk soaps are made with milk from 56 Hooves in Loudoun County, Virginia. None of my products contain palm oil, which is so problematic for the environment. (Find out why you should ditch palm oil, even “sustainable” palm oil has problems.)
Mayapple Soaps are scented with high-quality essential oils, which are pure plant extracts. The essential oils I use are steam distilled from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, and roots. They are extremely nourishing, balancing, and cleansing for the skin. Whether you are dealing with chapped skin, wrinkles, breakouts, redness, or eczema, essential oils can help. Aromatherapy may ease muscle pain, relieve stress, and calm nerves.
The name Mayapple Soaps was inspired by a hike I took in my neighborhood. I spotted the native spring ephemerals unfurling their umbrella-shaped leaves all over Fort Bunker Hill Park. I was curious and learned that mayapples grow by spreading underground. What I was seeing was one giant interconnected colony! The “apple” it produces, you’re not likely to see unless you’re 6 inches tall or peeking under the leaves. Small and poisonous until it’s fully ripe, it is a symbol of patience to me. It’s good to slow down, and enjoy the things that take time to make. The name Mayapple Soaps is a reminder to nurture wild beauty in ourselves, our community, and the natural world.