Soap Stories

The Field Museum Collaboration

Rachel Sloan

I was looking back at old emails to see what I had told you previously about the Field Museum collaboration. But it looks like...I never did?! I did share some posts on Instagram but nothing went out to my mailing list. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? It was March 2020, the "before-times." And I think I was going to wait and tell you all about it when everything was, "back to normal." Which at the time was a naive and yet plausible assumption. Then weeks turned into months, and months turned to years, and and well, here we are.  So. Everyone, I did a collaboration with THE FIELD MUSEUM! And it was great.  The...

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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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