Soap Stories

Forest Bathing

Rachel Sloan

Our latest release is a little bit different as it is not a Limited Edition release but instead, an introduction to a new soap collection I am calling, Forest Bathing.The term Forest Bathing originates form the Japanese practice known as shinrin yoku, for relaxation. Forest Bathing is the practice of being quiet, and observing and experiencing your surroundings using all of your senses. Breathing deep to "absorb" as it were, the solace and beauty of nature.  When I was a kid my dad taught me how to recognize trees by their smooth or rough surfaces, the way they stretch their branches out, or the color...

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"International" Soap Brand - From Chicago to Bulgaria

Rachel Sloan

Traveling soap in the soap travel series.

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Better Together

Rachel Sloan

Alright! Last week I wrote the origin story behind how this soap happened. Now let me tell you about the soap!  Better Together is a celebration of 2 amazing Chicago female owned businesses. When I met Averie we resonated on so many levels and I knew I wanted to collaborate with her to make something truly special. I worked out the design and she provided the beer! She also specifically requested I use gold mica - an ingredient I had never worked with before so I was excited to try it. The mica was added to the beer portion of the soap so there...

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Keeping Together

Rachel Sloan

Sometime in 2020 (time has admittedly turned a bit mushy for the last 2 years), I hopped on a beer tasting zoom call with the Chicago Beer Society. This is not something I do often but I heard a new brewer was going to be there, a woman renowned for her craft and of Jester King fame. A brewer doing new things with new ingredients. And I needed to know more. Have you ever been on a zoom call with a 10 - 20 humans and everyone is supposed to be talking and engaging but it slowly becomes only two humans nerding out over...

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Khari Baoli - the story behind the soap

Rachel Sloan

I didn't even know Ayurveda was a thing before I started making soap. I was peripherally aware of Ashwagandha and had always cooked with turmeric. But when you start making soap with roots and sticks and plants and herbs you start learning about all kinds of amazing things! And Khari Baoli was one of the amazing things I got to learn about because I've fallen in love with soap making.  Soap making is a blank canvas for my brush, and while I will always have my favorites in the signatures series soaps, I can't help but play with different colors scents...

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