November 21: Southern Beardsmen

Meet Jeff Ashe, our Vendor of the Month. Jeff makes some awesome beard oil and shave kits for the store. Looking for a good gift for your guy? Come check out some Southern Beardsmen!

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Hey! My name is Jeff Ashe and I own Southern Beardsmen. I started making oils in 2015 for myself after buying some online and being very disappointed with the scent. Now I have my oils, shave kits, and balms in the store. My favorite scent is vanilla tobacco. I wanted OTC to carry it because they have unique handmade items. I love having partnerships with others. Come try some out soon. You'll love it! 

 

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October 17th: Rich + Holly's Hobby

Meet Holly + Rich, our Vendors of the Week. Holly and Rich are new to OTC but that hasn't stopped them from stocking the store with beautiful holiday decor. Come by soon to check out some of their amazing pieces! 

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Tell us a little bit about yourselves. 

Hi! We are Holly and Rich Russell. We moved to Fort Mill from Forked River, NJ eight years ago to be close to our son and grandchildren. Rich is retired from United Parcel Service and I'm retired from Bank of America. 

 

What inspired you to start making your art? How long have you been making them?

We started making crafts about two years ago.  It started as something to do when we weren't babysitting for our grandsons. 

 

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What’s your favorite thing to make?

Our favorite thing to make is snowmen shutters and looking for old sleds and ice skates to decorate for Christmas. 

 

 Tell us a little bit about the process of making it.

Basically, it's painting the shutter top black and the bottom white. Making an orange nose out of a paint stirrer. We use wooden checkers and large wooden buttons for the eyes and the buttons go on the body. Then we make a brim for the top hat and decorate them with Christmas ribbon and other cute decorations, like a corncob pipe. 

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Why did you choose Olde Town Consign to showcase your items?

Our good friends Audrey and John Nemit told us about Olde Town Consign as they bring their crafts there also. 

  

 Is there anything else you want readers to know?

Only that we really enjoy working together and searching for cute things to embellish our products.

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October 10: Ms. Audrey


Ever been in the shop and seen a beautiful picture made of jewelry pieces? What about one of our fabric teddy bears? Fabric pumpkins? Miss Audrey is the brains behind these fabulous items. Stop by soon to see some of her amazing work! 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Audrey Nemit. I have always been a sewer.  I love to see and create beautiful things from a pile of fabric. Recently, I have branched out into button and jewelry framed art. 

What inspired you to start making your art? How long have you been making them? 

I am in my seventies and I learned to sew from my mother at an early age.  The teddy bears I have been making for about 30 years.  I have done many special orders of keepsake teddy bears for many years.

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What’s your favorite thing to make? Tell us a bit about the process. 

I really enjoy making keepsake teddy bears.  They have brought much comfort to loved ones. Well, you start with a vision in your head, then try to find the right fabric, buttons or jewels.  I often make many versions before making the final item.  One of my sewing instructors once told me "in sewing we don't make mistakes, we make unexpected variations."

 Why did you choose Olde Town Consign to showcase your items?

I am originally from PA, I have been in SC for about 8 yrs.  I kept searching for a venue for my crafts and came upon OTC online.  It has been a great outlet for my crafts.
 

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Is there anything else you want readers to know? 

I really appreciate OTC and the joy of being a part of such a great enterprise.

October 3: Beary Creative

Meet Karen McElroy. Karen has been with us since we opened and we just love her fun creations, unique art, and lovely spirit. Come by check out Karen's creations! 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Karen McElroy. I love teddy bears. I collect them. I love spending my time creating items for Olde Town Consign. When I am not creating, I like to spend my time camping and kayaking.

 

What inspired you to start making your art? How long have you been making it?

I have been making things for as long as I can remember. I like making things for people who enjoy receiving them. I may have something at my house. I begin looking at the item and think “what can be done to it?”

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What’s your favorite item to make?

I don’t have a favorite thing to create. I like creating many different things that people have never seen before. I create things that I think people will enjoy buying.

 

Tell us a little bit about the process of making that item.

I see an item and wonder how I can make it different. I may even look at the item for days before I finally decide what I want to do with it. I may even change my mind several times. I am happy when I see my finished product.

 

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Why did you choose Olde Town Consign to showcase your items?

I just happened to stumble upon OTC one day. I began talking to Hope and the other girls that work there. I absolutely love the store and the kindness that comes with it. At Olde Town Consign, I feel at home and as if I have known Hope and the girls for forever.

 

Do you have any plans for the future? Upcoming New products?

I am always thinking of things to create. I never know what I will see next.

 

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Is there anything else you want readers to know?

Come to Olde Town Consign, you never know what you might see. There’s nowhere else that you will have better customer service and better people that will wait on you. You will LOVE Olde Town Consign.  

September 26 - Pallet Designs + Signs

Meet Gail + Dennis. This couple from Asheville is so crafty and creative. Any kind of pallet sign you can imagine they've got it. Make sure to stop by and see their designs soon. They've got all kinds of fun and spooky Halloween and fall decor!

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Tell us a little bit about yourselves. 

We are a husband and wife team who put our combined talents together to make signs and home décor using reclaimed pallets.

 

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 What inspired you to start making your signs? How long have you been making them?

Our son, Shaun, encouraged us to get into making and selling crafts.  We have been actively involved since 2015, making items for gifts and are now participating in pop-up markets in the Raleigh NC area.

 

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What’s your favorite sign to make?

We like making seasonal signs and enjoy special orders.

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Tell us a little bit about the process of making it.

We locate old pallets and bring them home.  The pallets are taken apart, nails are removed and sanded.  Projects are cut to size, sometimes framed and then stained, painted, stenciled and embellished.

 

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Why did you choose Olde Town Consign to showcase your items?

We were lucky to have longtime friends who suggested we show our work at Olde Town Consignment. It's been a great experience!

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Do you have any plans for the future? Upcoming new products?

We are currently participating in Fall Pop-Up Markets at Relish Restaurant in Raleigh, NC. We are always looking for new ideas and welcome custom orders from the public.

 

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 Is there anything else you want readers to know?

We live in Knightdale, NC, east of Raleigh. You can contact us at palletdesignandsigns@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/palletdesignandsigns (all of our work can be viewed here).

September 19: Endless Creations

 Meet Helen! Although we've known Helen awhile she just started working with us to make some beautiful wreaths and floral arrangements for the shop. Be sure to stop b soon and check out her Endless Creations! 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Helen. I just celebrated 52 years of marriage! I've raised 5 children and have 14 grandchildren. I've been so blessed so I'm just loving life. 

 

 What inspired you to start making your art? How long have you been making it?

I originally started crafting as a way to keep my sanity and now here we are over 40 years later. I love making neat treasures for people.  

 

What’s your favorite item to make?

My favorite items to make are my wreaths and children's hair bows. When making my wreaths I start off by finding those perfect pieces that go together and let my imagination take me from there. I love making beautiful creations for people to enjoy in their homes. 

 

Why did you choose Olde Town Consign to showcase your items?

 I loved the warm and inviting feeling I get each time I walk in the shop. Everyone is so friendly, helpful, and encouraging. The shop is beautiful and thy truly have quality items

 

 Do you have any plans for the future? Upcoming new products?

 For now, I'm just going to keep doing what I love. I never know where crafting's going to take me. I love trying new things. 

 

Is there anything else you want readers to know? 

Come check out OTC. You will definitely have an experience to remember. They always have new and exciting things in store. 

September 12: Paul's Wood Working

Meet Paul, our wood guy! Paul can make just about any sign with wood. From monograms and initials to scary skeletons and football decor he helps us help you. Call or stop by today to make a custom order! 

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Hey, I'm Paul.

I retired 4 years ago as a construction manager and to keep myself busy, I started working with wood, especially scrolling and wood turning. I do my own designs or cut a design that is requested by the customer.

I've been woodworking for years, mostly building miscellaneous items for family and friends. I became interested in scrolling about 5 years ago and it's become my passion.

Prior to cutting a design, I send a PDF to customers for their approval prior to cutting.  I don't use a CNC machines, all is cut with a DEWALT 20 inch scroll saw. I take custom orders and will turn around in three to four days painted if required. 

I visited Olde Town Consignment several months ago and talked with Hope regarding displaying my work and she kindly agreed. 

I am now working on college (Clemson, Carolina), Halloween, Christmas ornaments, state designs. I also cut picture jigsaw puzzles. I get a lot of my vector designs off the internet. I also continue cutting circle vine letters, basic letters as well as custom designs. 

September 5th - Laura Rogers

Meet Laura, Our vendor of the week this week. Laura works with us in the store where you often find her on a ladder, fixing something, or creating new pieces in the back. Stop by soon to meet her and check out all of her cool creations. 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.  

My name's Laura Rogers. I actually work at OTC doing furniture repairs, creating new items, and helping out on the floor with day to day operations. I've been with the shop since they opened and love it! 

What inspired you to start making furniture? 

About three years ago a friend of mine saw a vanity she really liked and I felt like I could make the same thing for her for less.... The rest is history. 

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What’s your favorite thing to make?

I love making anything repurposed. Whether its a pallet board turned into a stool, a head board into a bench, or a window into a table, I love making any and everything from recycled materials. I like giving the items a new life. 

Why did you choose Olde Town Consign?

The people. They are all so amazing and sweet. I feel so at home with them and they always treat me like family. 

Do you have any plans for the future? Upcoming new products, things you’re working on, etc.?

With me theres always something in the works. You (and I) never know what I'll find to create next. 

Is there anything else you want readers to know?

You need to make Olde Town Consign a frequent stop. There's always something new and interesting to see. 

 

 

 

 

 

August 29th - Southern Suds

Meet Megan, our favorite soap girl! Megan makes some fabulous soaps and sugar scrubs for the store. We just got a new batch of fall scents last week. Stop by soon to grab these yummy smelling goodies. 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.  

Hi, my name is Megan. I’m currently working on my associates degree in early childhood. I love spending time doing all kinds of DIY activities. I love my family and spending time outdoors.

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What inspired you to start making soaps? How long have you been making them?

The beginning of this journey started in the eighth grade! I started off by just making soaps for myself and for gifts for family and friends. One day someone suggested to me to be a part of my church craft show. Surprisingly, the craft show went well for the first time. In fact, ever since then I have continued to participate in my church craft show. However, things have changed since I first started making homemade soaps. When I first started, I was making glycerin soap with all kinds of molds, then went to shea-butter, and currently use a goat’s milk soap base with an exfoliant. It’s now been 7 years that I have been making soaps. At the end of last year my mom encouraged me to make sugar scrubs, which they have done great thanks to all my customers. I absolute love doing craft shows because I get to meet new people and stay in touch with others that I’ve meet throughout this journey.

 

What’s your favorite scent?

Cool Citrus Basil

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Tell us a little bit about the process of making your soaps.   

The soap I make is the Melt and Pour Process. It takes approximately 1 ½ hours to make 10 bars of soap.

 

Why did you choose Old Town Consign to sell your soaps?

I wasn’t looking to sell my soaps anywhere. However, my dad kept talking to my mom, sister, and I that we need to check out a co-workers shop that they had opened recently. We finally made it out to Old Town Consign and ended up talking to the owner for a good while, which lead into my dad and mom telling her about the Goats Milk Soaps and scrubs that I make. Thus, resulting in the owner Mrs. Hope being interested in selling my soaps and scrubs. In fact, after she put that thought in my mind I thought it would be great to have the soaps at Old Town Consign because I absolutely loved the atmosphere and it has such a wide verity of items!

 

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Do you have any plans for the future? 

I don’t think I’ll add any new products for a while because I currently want to keep this hobby of mine small and focus on my school. However, I’m always adding new fragrances throughout the year. In fact, I just started carrying Fall Fragrances and will have two new Christmas Fragrances available this year as well!

 

Is there anything else you want readers to know?

I’m very thankful for this little hobby of mine and excited for what God has planned for it. I always try to remember this within whatever I may be doing whether it’s with school or through my hobby and I hope you will to… 1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

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August 22 - Cathie Williams

Meet Cathie, one of our newest vendors. Cathie makes some of the cutest wine glasses, signs, and furniture we've ever seen. Stop by soon to check out some of Cathie's items. Hurry in, her items never last long! 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.  

My name is Cathie Williams. I moved here in 1982 after my first year of college to live with my Dad and attend Winthrop University, and, at the end of 1983 I met my husband Michael. I’m the mother of two grown sons Patrick and Matthew, I have two beautiful granddaughters, Kayden and Seanna, and another granddaughter due in October. My husband is a retired Forensics Investigator; however, I still work full time at Campco Engineering, Inc. in Rock Hill and have been with them for 25 years. When I first moved to Rock Hill I painted and sold my pieces to several local shops in the area. When my sons came along I put my hobbies aside for a while. Now that we are “empty nesters” I have a little more free time to spend on my hobbies. Designing things for people is one of my favorite pass times but until now I’ve only made items for friends and family. Consigning my work has taken my hobby/passion to a whole new level.

 

What inspired you to start making your pieces? How long have you been making them?

I inherited my painting and drawing abilities from my Mom but I was always envious of her decorating talent and the ability to be able to take something plain and turn it into something you’d see in Better Homes and Gardens or Southern Living. When my youngest son got engaged last year, they decided they wanted a country/rustic themed wedding. I wanted to help them with the decorations and make the things they wanted for their wedding rather than having to buy them. This would have been right up my Mom’s ally but she passed away four year ago, so I knew I was going to have to handle this on my own. This was when I realized that I do have some of those talents that I always envied. I went on to make their programs, all of their signs, Bride and Groom glasses, family of the Bride and Groom glasses, etc. Making all these items for their wedding kept me very busy in my spare time. Needless to say, after the wedding I needed something to do to keep me busy so I started making wooden signs and now tables.

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What’s your favorite thing to make?

I love designing and making my wooden signs from old pallet boards and adding my special touches to each one. If I have to pick my favorite thing to make, I’d have to say it would be my cable spool tables. I enjoy taking something from its intended use and making it into something functional. They are so unique and I love turning an ordinary item into a beautiful piece for someone’s home or yard, it just thrills me.

 

Tell us a little bit about the process of making the spool tables.   

I begin with a plain wooden cable spool. After cleaning it up, I sand it and then I either paint it (I love the white wash look), or stain it depending on what I’m in the mood to do at the time, or if someone has a specific request. If I decide to add lettering or an image of something, I design it and cut out my template with my Cricut Machine. After that process is done I use my template to paint my design and then touch it up free hand to make it perfect. I tend to lean toward the vintage look so I like to distress a lot of the wood work I do. Once I’m happy with everything I add polyurethane to protect it.

 

Why did you choose Olde Town Consign to sell your signs, tables, and décor?

Actually choosing Olde Town Consign was a spur of the moment thing. My husband had been urging me to make some pieces and sell them for a while now but for some reason I was always hesitant. I’m such a perfectionist and it wasn’t that I didn’t believe my husband when he would tell me how nice a piece was that I had done, I guess I just needed someone who had an interest in selling my pieces to make me feel more confident. My friends and family have been trying to convince me for a while to sell but thankfully I got my encouragement one Saturday morning when he and I were in the store and I decided to talk to Hope about consigning with her. I showed her the work I had done for my son’s wedding and her reaction pushed me to make a few pieces and bring to her. Hope and Maddie are such sweet ladies and I knew right away that I had made a great decision to work with them.

 

Do you have any plans for the future? Upcoming new products, things you’re working on, etc.?

My husband got me into photography several years ago. Being in forensics he had an awesome Nikon Camera and every lens you could imagine, he taught me what he knew and I fell in love instantly. I take photos for friends and family from time to time, but I really love to just go out and take pictures of anything old, flowers, bees, whatever crosses my path. Michael says I have a natural eye and my sister-n-law, Donna Hagler and her husband Drew have been trying for years to get me to sell my photos. I’ve decided to give in and sell some of them in the near future. I use Facebook as a “showing off” place for a lot of my photos but I think it’s finally time to start selling them.

 

Is there anything else you want readers to know?

I can personalize anything I make. I can make designs on wood, paper, glass, fabric, metal, etc. I can also personalize an item that someone already has if they want it. I am a perfectionist so every item I make has to be perfect before I’ll even consider selling it. I love seeing the final result and the excitement when I give the piece I’ve made to its new owner.

August 15th - Signs by Jennifer

Meet Jennifer Abbott who makes some of our signs. Jennifer's signs are handmade and each sign has its own individual flair. Stop by soon to check out some of her pieces. Chances are you'll fall in love.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

I work full time as an assistant store manager for a grocery chain. When I'm not working I enjoy my time at home, woodworking, making signs, my dogs. Any chance I get I'm at the track supporting my fiancé who drag races motorcycles. 

What inspired you to start making signs? How long have you been making them?

I am always looking for new things to try or to make and seven years ago I read an article on Pinterest about making wood signs, that was the beginning for me. It's a hobby that never gets old, there are always new paint techniques to try, different types of wood to use, and so many different options on what to paint on each one. No two signs ever come out the same. 

What’s your favorite part about making signs?

Making signs is a bit of a stress reliever for me. It's my "me time".  I love starting with a blank piece of wood and watching it turn into something that I'm proud to say I made. 

Tell us a little bit about the process. 

I start with a raw piece of wood, sand it down to a smooth service, pick a color scheme and decide whether I want it to look new, old or if I just want to stain it and show the beautiful grain in the wood. If I want the sign to look old once I paint the sign I sand it down until some of the raw wood shows through, then I decide what I want to paint on the sign and whether I want to use a stencil, print a picture and trace or hand paint, once the sign is complete I spray it with a clear enamel or a clear coat of wax. 

Why did you choose Olde Town Consign to sell your signs?

I chose Olde Town because its a collection of everything I love and the atmosphere there is always so welcoming. I adore Hope and the entire staff. They are always so very friendly! 

 

 Do you have any plans for the future? Upcoming new products, things you’re working on, etc.?

I want to get back into making wood furniture such as accent tables, benches and anything else I can find a plan for that I think I can tackle and of course I definitely want to make more new signs!

Is there anything else you want readers to know?

Don't ever think you can't do something...I never would have thought I'd be good with power tools or painting for that matter but it turns out its all something I truly enjoy and I'm always looking forward to my next project!!

 

August 8th - K Bar Soap Co.

Meet Chris McKinney, owner of K Bar Soap Co. K Bar soaps are handmade into grenades for men (and now women) to use. These soaps are all natural and smell fantastic! Chances are if you buy one soap, you come back for more. Stop by soon to check out some of these fabulous soaps. 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.  

My name is Chris McKinney, I am the Owner of K Bar Soap Company.  I live in Clover, SC with my wife Robin, son Colton, and daughter Elodie. I served in the Marine Corps from 2000-2004 and have based my business model and scents around that time spent in the Marines. 

 

What inspired you to start K Bar Soap Co? How long have you been in business?  

I started this business because there was a lack of all-natural soap options available for men.  Most catered to women, and while I started out with only men in mind, I see my product line expanding into more scents for women after plenty of requests to do so.  Guess there are some women out there that would like to use a grenade to scrub with as well, and we love that!  I also wanted to start something on my own and grow it from nothing to be able to have control of a process after having worked for many employers throughout my career that I felt stifled my creativity and ambition. I went live with my business in October of 2016 so still working to complete my first year of operations. 

 

Tell us a little bit about the soap making process.

I use the cold-process method to create all of my soaps.  In a nut shell, you must start with base oils, and combine them together, add lye/distilled water to the mix, stir it for sometimes what feels like forever, then add your ingredients once a certain thickness has been achieved, pour into molds, wait 24 hours, remove from the molds and start the curing process which lasts from 4-6 weeks.  We only use All-Natural ingredients for both coloring as well as scent.  That’s why our scents will not be as strong as you are used to with mainstream soaps, but the skin benefits feedback we have received has been amazing.  Some customers have said it cured their perpetually dry skin, and have also said that it has cleared up Eczema in some cases.  There are truly benefits to using all natural soap that we have realized over the past year or so. 

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What’s your favorite part about making soaps?

There are a couple of things: the ability to create many different scents and combinations which allows for plenty of creativity and versatility in this process.  I also enjoy the amount of focus you have to have while making a batch, it tends to take my mind off of a lot of things and typically I feel refreshed after running a few batches. 

 

Do you have a favorite scent?

I like them all because they are all my babies!  If I had to pick one, I would say Whiskey and Bad Decisions for the men, and Opha Mae for the women.  Opha Mae is an easy decision because it is our only current one made with the ladies in mind, but there will definitely be more to come in 2018.


 

Why did you choose Olde Town Consign to sell your soaps?

The suggestion to sell into Olde Town Consign came from the mom of one of my best friends.  She and a friend were shopping there one day and kind of sold it for me.  I called and we were able to work out a deal to support this market.  I think it is a great place for us to be and look forward to a lasting relationship there! 

 

Do you have any plans for the future of your company? Upcoming new products, things you’re working on, etc.?

We recently released our lineup of all natural beard oils to compliment the scents of our soaps and have also added a ‘MERICA soap dish to the product offering that is a solid block of cedar with a waving American flag carved into itssurface. We are currently working on production to meet the demand of our trade show participation this fall.  We have reserved a booth at the Southern Christmas Show this year in Charlotte (11/9-11/19) and are really excited about it. We will probably stick with our current offering to get us through the year as R&D time is eaten alive with production these days. 

 

Is there anything else you want readers to know?

I would like for readers to know that if you haven’t tried all natural soap before, even if it’s not ours, try some from another company to feel the difference that this can make when you stop putting those unnecessary chemicals on your skin from mainstream soaps.  These mainstream soaps may be cheaper, but keep in mind you get what you pay for.  The soap you choose today will be used on the largest organ of your body, so please choose wisely.  Next time you buy some Irish Spring or Ivory “pure” look at the ingredients and see if you have ever heard of any of them before.  If that’s not enough to open your eyes to the benefits of All-Natural soap, I don’t know what is! 

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