We all love our pets, and our pets love us. My own fur baby; Krypto the 3-year-old German, Labrador, and Husky gets super excited when I come home. And then gets excited again when I come back from checking the mail. Then it’s dinner! And a Walk! Do you want to take a shower? Allow me to guard the door by blocking it with my body so you cannot leave. Are you asleep? Can you tell I’m right next to the bed watching you? Maybe you’re awake? We should be awake. Let’s snuggle!
I think I can speak for a lot of pet parents when I say I spend more time and energy making sure I’m giving healthy products to my dog than I do for myself. There aren’t strict regulations for pet products, so I have to be the barrier between toxic and Krypto’s tummy.
When I first joined Soap Hope, the first thing I bought wasn’t for me, but for Krypto, because I checked the ingredients and found them more than satisfactory. Here are some products that Krypto and others love!
Sometimes our poor furry friends get stressed out. It happens. Krypto gets super stressed out during thunderstorms. I didn’t think dogs could hyperventilate until I got him. So, I decided to try out Rescue Remedy Pet Drops. It calms him without making him drowsy. He’s still alert, he’s just calm. No heavy panting, no panicked jumping, just a chill pooch. Let’s be honest, sometimes we also need a chill out pill, Bach’s thinks of both canine and human. Check out their entire line here.
Sometimes I get home and Krypto just stinks. Where did he pick up this smell? Do I want to know? Why must he rub against my sofa afterward? I don’t even have time to bathe him. This mist is a good substitute. It’s fine for dogs and what they rub against. My first experiment with this was to spray it on Krypto’s back. He didn’t care, then ran around the house because I got too close to the leash. After that my whole house smelled good. Thank you, Zum!
Finally, enough time to wash my dog. How did it go? Well, he pretty quickly realized that he could flee when I washed him off and ran around the yard like he was on fire. But with this soap, he still smelled good after that impromptu run, and it kept mosquitoes at bay. Unfortunately, the only picture I was able to get was of him begging for his beloved collar.
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.
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.