That's me. I'd just received my Soap Maker certificate at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.
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Everyone has a story to tell. People often ask me, usually with intense curiosity, "How (on earth!) did you get started making soap?" Well, here is my story...
A while back, while vacationing in the south of France, famous for its lavender and olive oil, my husband and I happened upon market day in one of the many small villages. First, let me tell you that there is nothing better than market day in the south of France! At one of the stalls, somewhere among the cheeses, olives, and fresh breads, there was a weathered, lady farmer selling honey and soap- handmade lavender olive oil soap. That was it. That was the moment. I still remember just how it felt in my hands, and how it smelled. I couldn't put it down. I had so many questions, but we just kept smiling at each other. I bought 3 bars. There was no label, no packaging, just soap. I was intrigued. And I was hooked. I have very temperamental skin. I sunburn easily and my skin is dry. It was as if I had found the secret to life itself. What I did find was the secret to saving my skin. I bought as many bars as I could for the rest of that trip and again and again on my visits back to both France and Italy. I vowed that one day I would learn to make my own soap! It was many years later that I finally did. I scoured the Internet looking for the best place to learn. I found it - The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. https://www.folkschool.org/ I took time off from work and spent an entire week in a special soap-making class, with the added benefit of an herbalist co-teacher. At mealtimes, I mingled with other students from all over the country who were passionate about crafting- blacksmithing, pottery, basket weaving, cooking, weaving, woodworking, and more. That was November 2008. Having never ever entertained the thought before, I was in business by January 2009. And I have been busy making soap ever since. That's my story!
Why Choose Coventry Body Care?
Welcome to our handmade, simple, and nourishing skin products! All of these wonderful creations are made from natural ingredients meant to soothe and relax your mind and body. Aromatherapy essential oils, herbs, flowers, and moisturizing plant oils are carefully selected to treat your skin to a natural, chemical-free experience. Olive oil is the main ingredient in all of our soaps. It not only locks in moisture, it attracts moisture, too. Commercially made soaps are stripped of their moisturizer, known as glycerin. Our fragrance-free* soaps can be used on your face and everywhere else on your body! We also formulate special soaps to help certain skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. In addition to soap, we sell an exciting assortment of other handmade skin care products- Dead Sea salt body scrubs, Shea Butter hand and body butter made with Fair Trade African Shea butter (better than lotion since it contains no water, only oils), several salves that moisturize, treat muscle pain, soothe burns and itching, and we also make an extraordinary formulated antioxidant-rich face moisturizer with botanical oils and herbs to make your skin glow! Our products are tried and true. They are the result of a lot of feedback from our customers and painstaking perfection. But, in the end, what we provide for you is quite simple compared to the thousands of choices- and ingredients- you have on drugstore shelves. Compare our ingredients to what's in commercial soap or to your hand lotion, or to that 1 ounce jar of night creme that cost you $100. In fact, we urge you to visit the #1 ranked consumer information website to find out exactly what's in your skin products and how they rank in chemical safety. The EWG or Environmental Working Group can be found at
Stay educated. Stay safe. Buy local. And buy handmade!
Sue Ann Christensen
Founder, Coventry Body Care, LLC
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