Today many people are looking for a connection to the farm–perhaps by joining a CSA or visiting a farmer’s market. Isn’t it heartwarming to think about the natural origins of… your lettuce, for example–and the care people took producing it? In cheese-making, you can even buy farmstead cheese. Here a cheese-maker produces their own milk, then turns it into cheese right on the premises, a process that has created some big winners in recent cheese competitions.
Yes, there is a lot to be said for controlling production from end to end. Recently I learned of a small business called Serenity Acres Farm that does something similar, except with soap. Farmstead Soap—how cool is that!
Serenity Acres resides on a 60-acre farm and raw goat milk dairy, where they make soap by hand, using fresh goat milk and combinations of olive, coconut and palm oils. They produce four-ounce bars using a 200-year-old cold process method that takes over a month to complete and includes the farm-fresh milk that is Animal Welfare Approved, along with all natural oils, herbs and colorants.
Now I am a big fan of silky, fragrant handmade soaps. In fact, it was once on my bucket list to use only these—something that I have happily achieved. And so I was delighted when Serenity Acres offered me some of their fine farmstead soap for a review and giveaway!
Did you know that many commercial soap manufacturers remove the valuable, skin moisturizing glycerin and sell it separately for profit? Or add synthetic fragrances that may contain phthalates or other chemicals linked to health concerns?
The two scented soaps I received, Mother Earth and Rosewood Citrus, both smelled warm and spicy (perfect for winter). In fact, I set them on my dining room table for photographs and every time I passed by I took a deep breath for a big psychological lift. The unscented soap had the barest hint of a sweet fresh aroma (unlike some unscented soaps have a very slight “off” fragrance from the oils used to make them) that reminded me of sniffing a beeswax candle. Mmmm.
The soap lathered well and left my skin feeling clean and soft! How important is that during skin-cracking winter!
Still looking for stocking stuffers? The perfect teacher’s gift? Natural soaps will make you a favorite friend! (And they do have the cutest packaging EVER).
And now for the giveaway. It is for a three bars of soap like those shown above (a different scent may be substituted in case of shortage) and is open to US residents. Sponsored by Serenity Acres, it closes on Dec 13 at midnight CST. To enter, leave a comment below telling me something you have done to get more connected to a farm. For a second entry, like Art of Natural Living on Facebook and leave a second comment below letting me know you are a follower. The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with mailing information or a new winner will be chosen.
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