Happy Spring! I hope your 2012 has been fantastic.
I'm bursting with excitement about all the changes in the Soapwalla kitchen these days. I'm thrilled to share with you my good news: first and foremost, Soapwalla has a new home! I have a production facility in the Old American Can Factory
, and really couldn't be happier.
In addition, Soapwalla's getting a new virtual home! We're just now putting the finishing touches on a new website, and I cannot wait to share it with you in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, visit the Soapwalla Etsy page
to purchase a treat for yourself or a loved one (Mother's Day is just around the corner!), create a customized gift package, and to check for special promotions.
Soapwalla Open House
I'm really so excited about my new production facility, and I'd love for you to come visit! Saturday, June 9th from 11am-3pm I'll be hosting an open house at the space. Swing by, have some refreshing lemonade, eat some vegan goodies and do some shopping!
232 Third Street, Ste B304, Brooklyn. R train to Union; Atlantic Terminal is a short 10 minute walk.
Featured Product: LIP LOCKED
Soapwalla’s LIP LOCKED premiered in February to great success. These silky, smooth lip balms provide serious protection for dry and cracked lips with Fair Trade and USDA Certified Organic ingredients including pure food-grade coconut and avocado oils, rosehip seed oil, and luscious essential oil combos. Soapwalla's LIP LOCKED were a finalist for Best New Product at New York International Gift Fair Jan 2012. And they were recently highlighted in Time Out NY
This lip balm stays put, has a neutral taste, won't leave a waxy residue, and gently yet effectively moisturizes for hours.
Unisex. Vegan. Made in Brooklyn. Click here to buy!
Soapwalla in the News
- The Hairpin: The always incredible Edith Zimmerman interviewed me.
- Being Content: So did the lovely ladies behind Being Content, the UK shop where Soapwalla's deodorant is sold.
- Organic Spa: Spirit Demerson, the genius behind Spirit Beauty Lounge, names Soapwalla deodorant one of her six spring must-have products.
- Cool Hunting editor Adrienne So wrote a beautiful article.
- Rookie Mag writes perhaps the best deodorant review ever? My favorite: "I’m proudly adding my voice to the chorus of those who’ve converted to what may be the greatest natural deodorant in history...."
Recipe: Rosehip mask
Rosehips are rich in vitamin c. Rosehips and their accompanying oil promote tissue regeneration and minimize scars, burns and wrinkles. Rosehips have no known toxicities and they shouldn’t irritate the skin.
- 2 tsp dried rosehips
- 1 cup fresh water
- 4 Tbs pure aloe vera gel
- 2 drops rosemary or lavender essential oil
Place rosehips in heatproof bowl. Bring water to boil. Pour water over rosehips and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain and discard hips. Gradually stir about 1 Tbs of infusion into aloe vera gel. You are looking for the consistency of loose gel. You likely will not need all the rosehip infusion. Add essential oil and mix thoroughly. Put in fridge until cold.
Apply loose gel mask directly from fridge with clean fingers. When it has warmed to body temperature, remove mask with tepid water. The mask will remain moist on skin. Follow with your usual moisturizing regimen.
The rosehip infusion should last 4-5 days in the fridge.
Want to reuse your bottles or jars? Here are some clever ideas from customers:
- Store jewelry in empty deodorant containers
- In fact they are watertight and after washing them out you can use them to bring salad dressing to work with you
- Luxurious body oil bottles make a lovely bud vase
- Bath salts containers are great for storing craft supplies (think beads, fabric pieces, buttons) and kitchen bulk items (grains, rice, beans)
- Or create your own salts or body scrub and regift for the holidays!
Note: please thoroughly wash and dry all Soapwalla containers twice before using for food storage, to eliminate any essential oil residue.
Soapwalla was born in my apartment kitchen one evening, after months of unsuccessfully hunting for face and body products that wouldn’t aggravate my sensitive skin issues caused by lupus (a chronic inflammatory autoimmune illness). Soapwalla organic face and body products are specifically designed to cleanse with natural ingredients without stripping the oils that our skin naturally produces, which is essential for optimum skin health. Soapwalla uses organic and food-grade ingredients, never questionable additives such as sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or harsh and synthetic ingredients. Soapwalla products are vegan, locally and personally produced by me and absolutely never ever tested on animals.
Vegan || Made in Brooklyn || Feed Your Skin
Rachel Winard, Soapwalla Chef