We make it part of our Soap Hope mission to only offer soaps and products that we feel comfortable using. This means that we only work with brands we trust, and who use ingredients that are wholesome and safe.
We’ve carried A Wild Soap Bar products since we started Soap Hope (the Bluebonnet bar is my personal favorite).
Maggie Hanus, founder and “Soap Bartender” at A Wild Soap Bar took a moment to talk with us about why she’s so passionate about the work she does and the products she offers.
Soap Hope: How long have you been in business?
A Wild Soap Bar: 20 years.
SH: Why did you start making soap?
AWSB: I’ve always enjoyed making things with my hands, so when I ran across Sandy Maines’ first little book about soap making, I decided to give it a whirl.
I eventually became good at it through trial and error and I haven’t been able to stop ever since. My son Jory makes all of our products now, but I still stir up a batch of soap every now and then, just for grins.
SH: What do you love most about making your products?
AWSB: I get so excited when I hear how our products are helping people with skin problems they’ve had for years! Making a difference in someone’s life, that’s what it’s all about. Being your own boss is incredibly hard work, but hearing from our satisfied customers makes it all worthwhile.
SH: What’s your favorite soap/scent/product right now?
AWSB: I designed all of our products, so naturally, I like them all. It’s hard to pick just one, but I’d have to say that my all time favorite soap bar is our Warm Wishes Holiday Soap that’s only available Oct. – Dec. (I actually hoarded some from last year.) The intoxicating vanilla spice scent drives me wild! Other favorite soaps are Desert Sage, Sassafras, Prickly Pear, and our Yucca Root Shampoo & Body Bar.
SH: What makes A Wild Soap Bar different from other natural skin care products?
AWSB: Our line is based around wild native plants, so that makes our products unique to begin with. For instance, everybody makes a lavender soap, but who makes a Bluebonnet Soap with real wild-crafted Texas bluebonnets in it? Everybody makes a mint soap, but who makes Horsemint Soap from locally gathered horsemint plants? There may be a few others doing it now, but we were the originals.
Other than the native botanicals, I believe our ingredients really set us apart. Every one is carefully chosen to be effective and sustainable. Our pure and natural essential oil blends are rich and complex, not the single notes used by many other soap makers. Compare our ingredient lists to others and you’ll see what I mean.
We use a wide range of natural and organic ingredients and we’ve been tweaking our ingredients for over 20 years now.
SH: What’s your most popular product?
AWSB: Black Willow Bark Soap for Acne, hands down. I can’t tell you how many people have written to say that it’s cleared their acne or at the very least, vastly improved it. How awesome is that?
SH: Why are all-natural ingredients so important in A Wild Soap Bar products?
AWSB: Our goal is to make products that are safe for all living things and a joy to use. What we put on our skin is important. What we dump on our earth is important. What we leave behind for our children and our grandchildren….is important! Why use synthetic chemical filled products that are poisoning our bodies and our earth when safe natural ones are just as effective?
SH: What responsibilities do you think businesses have, when it comes to community and social responsibility?
AWSB: Businesses can make all the difference in the world! If even 1/3 of the businesses adopted some form of environmental and social responsibility it would make a HUGE difference in our hurting world.
Businesses can and should step up to the plate. It’s all about the triple bottom line…people, planet and then profit.
SH: Why do you work with businesses like Soap Hope?
AWSB: Soap Hope has been a huge inspiration to us! They’re our ideal retailer because they’re not just in business to make a buck. We know they care because they put their money where their mouth is, so to speak. Salah’s brilliant Good Returns model was one of the sparks that initiated our own Kiva lending team, wild about good.
If every business did something similar, no matter how small, just think of the mountains we could move! We’re super proud to have Soap Hope in our family of fine retailers and we hope that more businesses will take their example to heart by creating sustainable business models that empower people to improve their own lives.
Businesses MUST take the lead if we hope to change our world and Soap Hope is a shining example for us all.
Here are a few of our favorites from A Wild Soap Bar!