Farmers Market EXPOSED

Farmers Market EXPOSED
This morning, Case and I went to our local Farmer's Market. This sun was bright, a gentle breeze kissed the vendors displays, and people giddied along as they browsed several handmade goods. 

We bought our favorite homemade sourdough bread, a juicy pineapple, and some delicious plantain chips. We can't go our week without the market's goodies.

There was just one problem. 

There was no good soap!

Now, we weren't looking to buy soap, because we only use our own soap, of course. But I couldn't help but wonder about all these oblivious customers walking around. They have no option when it comes to all natural, quality, handmade luxury soap - an absolute necessity in our daily lives. 

You'd expect farmers markets to have a wide range of products, curated by real makers that know what they're doing. Unfortunately this wasn't the case.

There were two soap options;

The first, an elder man who (apparently) produced avocado oil. Or buys it in bulk. Or something along those lines. Which is great, but he had absolutely no idea what he was talking about! He had a quality body butter, I had sampled, and actually enjoyed! However, his 'all natural' soap was not to even be used.

I picked up a soap bar on display, my fingers immediately pressed into the edges. I had soft soapy goo all over my hands. We proceeded to ask how to soap was made, time it's been curing, etc. He had no words, no idea what we were talking about. We asked simple questions, imperative to someone selling soap. Turns out, he doesn't make the soap himself - he buys it from someone who uses his avocado oil.

"So, how do I use this?" Case asked; because yes, the soap was so soft we were a bit confused.

He persisted with impatience in his voice, "You just put it in water, rub it up, and avoid your eyes."

We walked away.

If any of his soap bars touched water, they would immediately dissolve. They were soft, goopy, and ultimately unusable. His soaps were made too hot, had no time to cure, and were a hot mess. 

However, I applaud his pure ingredients and enthusiasm. 

The second option, a picture perfect grandma making soap in her kitchen. She ultimately began making soap for her family, and got overwhelmed with inventory, so she began selling at farmers markets. This is the most typical soap seller; bored, clueless, and into arts and crafts. They probably bought their supplies at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

Her soaps, just like the avocado oil man, were also soft to the touch. Not as mushy, but very soft. Her soaps are extremely bright, heavily scented, and gave me a headache - She evidently uses cancer-causing fragrances and micas. These soaps too, would prematurely dissolve once in contact with water. Some were even melt-and-pour. We were so disappointed. 

Not all soap bars are created equal.

Hence, why it's important to know what you're buying.

1. Look for soaps made with all natural fats, essential oils, and clay colorants. Read the ingredients or ask the seller. 

2. Avoid heavily fragranced, brightly colored soaps, bath bombs, and other body products. Again, read the ingredients. 

3. Buy from companies you love and trust. They should be transparent and honest with the consumer. They should have the answer to any question you may have about their products. 

Ditch those cancer-causing chemicals, and get real soap!

If you aren't using my soap, it's NOT real soap!! 

Click here to get soap now!

I avoid the silly, colorful, fragrant farmers market bars made by bored housewives. Fact is, those soaps don’t feel good on the skin. And they’re a health hazard!

My soaps are handmade with 100% essential oils and natural fats (like shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil). Absolutely NO colorants, perfumes, preservatives, or detergents. It’s made using the age-old chemistry methods of the Babylonians, which is vital for our skin and health.

You can feel the difference.

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