Maine Naturals is dedicated to producing high quality, natural, hand-made products that are both functional and sustainable. Our products are made in small batches with oils that are harvested responsibly (our oil supplier is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil-RSPO). Our soaps are all made using the traditional cold process method. Olive, coconut and palm are used as the base oils of all of the soaps. From this point different oils, butters, and additives are added to enhance each recipe. Our essential oils and fragrance oil blends are selected to enhance your experience with our beautifully crafted artisanal products, and soaps are decorated with clays, herbs, spices, micas and oxides to engage all of your senses. Our soaps do not contain mineral oils, sulfates, parabens, paraffin, phthalates, propylene, or GMOs. Our products are not tested on animals. At Maine Naturals our love for beautifully designed, earth-friendly products go hand in hand with a deep desire to make the world a better place.
My friends and customers frequently ask me how I started making handmade soap and why it’s become such a big part of my life. Like many women I know, I have always been drawn to top notch bath and body products (even though I couldn’t really afford them) and I have spent years perusing and purchasing great big bars of handmade soaps from craft fairs and farmers markets, as well as from stores. It wasn’t until after I got married and started a family of my own that it occurred to me that I could make it myself. When I became a mother, like most moms, I became super-conscientious about what went in and on my children’s bodies, as well as my husband’s and mine. I found myself spending more and more time reading labels and doing research about the supposedly safe ingredients used in food preparation and storage, and the potential for causing a host of health issues. I was appalled to find the same to be true with the manufacturing of soap and other beauty products in the cosmetic industry.
I wanted something different for my family. I wanted something natural and gentle on our skin. Also of importance was finding ingredients and methods that were going to be equally gentle on the environment. So, I did more research, and finally started to make my own. I frequently teamed up with a friend who shared these values, and we would explore both the research and methods together. And the outcome was amazing! My children’s dry skin felt smoother, and I felt at ease knowing exactly what we were all putting on our bodies. With all of the excess soap, I made gifts for family and friends. This became a big hit, and I was encouraged to sell at a local festival in my town. This made sense to start selling, because by now I was quite enamored with both the process of making the soap, and the outcome of beautiful, wholesome soaps. I needed to start to sell it in order to maintain my addiction to making it.
I have been selling my soaps since 2012, and my soaps have evolved quite a bit since those first rustic bars. I now enjoy color and working with various herbs, clays, spices, charcoal, and micas to create artistic looking bars, while maintaining their natural integrity. I find myself constantly looking for new challenges and techniques to try. The best part is hearing people’s reactions after they have been using my soaps and other products. I love hearing how much they love the colors, the smells, and the way they make them feel. And I am proud, knowing that I know exactly what goes into each of these bars, and it is only what I use on the most important people in my life, my family.