Homestead Soaps began when my daughter's doctor said "Don't use chemicals on her". She had what is called baby eczema. I went to a baby store (had I gone to a health food store I may have never began this soap making adventure) and bought an expensive baby wash for eczema that lead me to believe that it contained natural ingredients, well it did but it also contained petroleum derivatives along with a good amount of synthetic chemicals. Her skin problems continued and I realized it was time to slow down and begin researching (this luxury came about because of quitting my 9 to 5 to be a stay at home mommy). The first soap I made was a melt and pour glycerin that cleared up her rash, but I couldn't stop there because the difference in her skin along with the entire family's was immediately noticeable. I continued researching and soon moved on to cold process soap and so here we are, I make some darn good soap and you are wondering why you should buy it. All I can say is try it, you'll notice a huge difference from store bought (and wonder how we tolerated such low standards from a product for so long). These original recipes were formulated with the thought that every ingredient should be carefully considered, and though I do believe esthetics are important the most important consideration is to your skin. Vegetable oils, nut butters, natural beeswax, organic herbs, organic grains, essential oils and other natural ingredients are what make this soap unique and well worth trying. This soap is tested on me first, then my family and friends. Pardon me while I climb on my soap box (pun definitely intended) I do not understand why a company needs to test on animals, if they have so little faith in their ingredients, then how dare they sell it to you. If you have allergies or any other concerns I would be happy to e-mail you a list of ingredients on any of my products, just contact me firstname.lastname@example.org. When you purchase a bar of Polar Bear Plunge a portion of the profits is donated to Polar Bears International. In 2007 we (the many wonderful Polar Bear Plunge customers and myself) donated $100.00 to this very important cause. "Scientists predict that, if current warming trends continue in the Arctic, two-thirds of the world's polar bears could disappear by 2050." This information is directly from Polar Bears International web site. A portion of the profits for Man of the Forest will be donated to Orangutan Foundation International. I am very committed to this project since I discovered that part of the reason for the rapid decline in orangutans is due to the cosmetic industry. This is the email I recieved after contacting my supplier:
"Regarding your question of sustainable palm fruit production, our palm fruit is from South America, grown in a mixed species environment with legume under story to provide nitrogen, specific plants to host and feed beneficial insects, and residue from the oil pressing returned to the groves to provide nutrients. The farm is in a region of the Amazon that was cleared by previous owners 30-40 years ago, and the reestablishment of a forest crop has brought back many species of birds and other plants and animals. While not as diverse as native Rainforest, it is a vast improvement over grasslands." Best of all possible worlds would have been no impact at all on the environment, but this is making best of the situation. I was relieved that my soap had no direct harm to the orangutan, however there is a connection and so I must give back to these creatures and hopefully help save some of their habitat.
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