The Mission
Emily at Purple Haze Lavender FarmOur mission is to help you realize healthy, radiant, beautiful skin no matter what your age or gender by offering an honest, genuine, natural alternative to commercial skin care products.

 The inspiration for a natural skin care line, came out of a heart to provide others with wholesome, detergent-free and mostly organic alternatives to chemically-laden skin care products.  From the start, our natural soaps have been formulated with the finest plant-based oils, butters, raw honey, herbs and farm fresh goat’s milk.   We pledge to continue using these excellent, pure ingredients, sourced from  growers, herbalists and beekeepers, to help you achieve your goals for healthy skin.  We feel a deep commitment, a debt of gratitude, and willingness to serve our customers, local farmers, this country, and our Great God.

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The Beginnings
We bootstrapped The Soap Hag business while embracing the “green” lifestyle. Choosing organics and the simple life for our family, home and animals on a small farm in Upstate New York, was for us, the most sensible way to get healthy and start our movement toward self-sufficiency. The neighbors thought we were a little weird…you know the crunchy granola-eating type folk. But after struggling with some health issues, we found areas where we could reduce exposure to toxins in the home. We began using all natural soaps, lotions, cleaning products and bug sprays and wanted to share our effort and great results with you!

Meet the Hag
IMG_0607Lynn Schapp is The Soap Hag’s owner and soap maker. Her expertise lies in the ingredients used to make natural soap, which is the foundation of this natural soap company. Since recognizing the benefits of natural skincare herself, she works tirelessly to provide that experience for you. Lynn takes great care in formulating the natural soaps and lotions to bring the most nutritional benefit to your skin. Healthy skin is happy skin! Check out her blog, where she shares tips and information about anything relating to soap, natural skincare and soap making.

The Process
We have found that making natural soap the old-fashioned, cold-process way in our kitchen, one batch at a time, ensures that the delicate nutrients in fresh goat milk, botanicals, unfiltered honey, and pure essential oils translates into meaningful nourishment for your skin. The cold process method of soap making is started by combining fatty acids from fats, butters and oils and lye or sodium hydroxide. This is where art meets science. The term for the chemical reaction is saponification. bleedingheart-300x199After much stirring, and with the addition of botanicals, essential oils and clays, the thickened soap hardens and is ready to be cut in a day or two. After cutting, it is left to cure on racks for 4-6 weeks. Cold process soap retains glycerin, a product of saponification. Glycerin is an important reason why our soap is so nourishing and moisturizing to the skin.