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Naturally Bathing Beauties

Naturally Bathing Beauties
Local sisters join forces to bring a little natural beauty to a bathroom near you. Read on to find out more about Nature's Bath and its creators.

 

082211BEAUTY3.jpgUnless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed the natural trend that has really started to gain momentum. More and more people are going green and stepping away from products with lots of chemicals and preservatives that are usually found in the aisles of grocery stores. Two local sisters also saw this trend and wanted to take part in the natural movement.

 

Over a year ago, Tonya Tate received a gift of homemade soap and fell in love with it because she noticed her skin benefiting from the natural soap more and more after each use. She loved the soap so much that she wanted to share it with everyone - from her sisters to her friends, she says. After a discussion with her sister, Renee Caldwell, the two decided to try their hands at making their own soap and created Nature's Bath.

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After making their first successful batch of homemade soaps, they gave their other sister, Jeanne, a batch to take to work to see how others liked the soaps.

 

"The minute I started making soaps, I wanted to share them with people," says Tate. "I sent my very first batch to work with my sister, Jeanne, and she couldn't keep them on her desk. The employees at her work provided outstanding feedback from scents to lathering to packaging. My husband would compliment every bar that was made and say how much others would love to use it.That kept the improvement process in motion."

 

Caldwell and Tate make every bar of soap themselves and take pride in every little step of the process. Tate says they pay great attention to every detail from which essential oils are used to the design of the soap to the last tail of packaging. They want the whole process to be an experience for each of their customers, she says. People with allergies can even use their soaps because they use mainly essential oils, and they list their ingredients as well.

 

"We start with a pure glycerin base and then start adding our essential oils: coconut, palm, pure shea butters, as well as goat's milk," says Tate. "We then get into the exfoliants, followed by dried herbs, flowers, salts and spices."

 

082211BEAUTY.jpgTheir goal in making these soaps, Tate says, is to benefit users' skin naturally. "We not only want our soaps to look and smell beautiful, but the most important part is that they are fantastic for your skin. Every different type of soap we make has a beneficial purpose for your skin," she says.

 

Tate and her sister are constantly researching ways to improve their soaps and take great care that not only will every bar of soap leave skin feeling soft but that each bar is designed beautifully, she says. "We can't allow ourselves to make a boring soap. My sister and I are as much designers as we are creators. But don't let the design stop you from using them," says Tate. "There is a bunch of goodness in our bars of soap that your skin is longing for."

 

With fall just around the corner, Caldwell and Tate are putting together their fall soap line, which will include Autumn Spice, Cranberry Fig, Amber Musk and Wine 'n Roses. They're even already developing their Christmas product line.

 

Nature's Bath soaps are available at the Boone County Farmers Market in Florence, Kent. as well as the Columbus Farmer's Market in Columbus, Ind. They're also carried at Three French Hens Boutique in Hyde Park, Un-Hinged in Dayton and Two Chicks & Co. in Lexington, Kent. After September 1, customers will be able to order soaps from their website.

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