Mar 11

Here We Go!

There is a lot of buzz about slowing down, nostalgia, the quest for a simpler life; a reconnection with our families, communities and a return to local living economies. Executives are leaving large corporations to start small scale farms; mothers are choosing to stay home with their children, building online brands to sell their handmade products. Growing out of this desire to slow down, we have seen the rise of many global movements towards sustainable living, recycling and organic farming.
Our all natural soap has grown out of our desire to join the effort to produce a product that is both good for you and good for our environment.
At the YesterYear Soap Company, we are preserving the artisan craft of soapmaking- just the way it was done a hundred years ago.

You can visit us at: YesterYearSoap.com

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Jun 13

One of our Causes ‘Tails of Hope’ Dog Rescue

The Tails of Hope Dog Rescue located in Memphis TN (our home town) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), non-specific breed rescue made up of dedicated dog lovers. They have a network of families and individuals that provide foster care for dogs and puppies (some too young or sick for adoption) until they can adopted into loving, responsible homes. Tails of Hope Dog Rescue’s purpose is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome abused, abandoned, neglected, and unwanted dogs and puppies.

Here is a before and after photo of one of the rescued dogs and the wonderful work they do.

All of the rescues are up to date on all vaccinations, bordatella, are spayed or neutered, dewormed, current on heartworm prevention and flea prevention, heartworm negative and if heartworm positive have been treated prior to adoption. All medical records are provided in a packet at the time of adoption.

They have a network of families and individuals who provide foster care for dogs and puppies until they can be adopted into loving, responsible homes. Our adoptable dogs live in homes and are treated like family. This method improves the dogs’ socialization by exposing them to other dogs, children and visitors to the home.

So where do we come in? One of our Memphis retail locations is ‘Toad Hall’ located in the Historic Cooper Young district near downtown Memphis. During the month of June we have elected to donate 100% of our sales (not profit but SALES) of YesterYear soap at this location to this wonderful cause.

We hope that if you are in the area, stop by and pick up a bar or two of our soap. For every few bars, we can provide veterinarian care for the dogs that are most in need as well as vaccinations, spay and neuter services as well as other assistance to help bring these dogs into permanent homes.



Mar 13

Our Latest Giveaway!

You can win this wonderful gift basket full of all natural YesterYear soap. Just click the entry form below!

This gift basket includes some of our most popular fragranced soap bars. ‘Mango Papaya’, ‘Honeysuckle’ and ‘Vanilla Strawberry’ just to name a few. This basket will make a wonderful edition to your bathroom. The fragrance from the soap works just like an all natural air freshener!

All natural ingredients including: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Hemp Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Water.

Our soap contains:
NO Preservatives!
NO Animal Products!
NO Petroleum Products!
NO Parabens!
NO Lauryl Sulfate!

You can see all of our soap products here.



Mar 13

Spreading the Love

We recently received this email from one of our blog readers.

“I read on your blog that you sometimes send soap gifts to people to spread the love. …

“My Mom definitely needs something to brighten her day. My ‘baby’ brother, Jeff, (47) died suddenly of a massive coronary Dec. 10,2012. To say we are devastated would be an understatement. One month after my brother passed away, my dad had a heart attack. He lays in bed 90% of the time, leaving my mom to take care of everything. They heat with a wood stove, so while dad lays in bed and mourns, she goes out in the rain, snow, whatever to put wood in the wood furnace. She is 76 years old. My heart breaks for her, she says the wood is heavy, but she has to do it. I live 3 hours away so I am not in a position to help her. Due to health problems, my Dr. will not give me a work release, so I live below the poverty level, therefore, I am unable to buy luxury items, for myself or anyone else. If you are in a position to send the soap, I will tell you my Mom likes spicy smells, now me I’m definitely a chocolate girl :) Thank you for your time. Vicki”
One of our missions at the YesterYear Soap Company has always been simple… ‘Spread the Love’.
We have been fortunate enough to be in a position to give some of our products to those who could use a smile. We have given gift bags of our soap to women’s shelters for years. In addition, when we hear from someone down on their luck, we like to ‘Spread the Love’ with a simple gift of soap.

Well, Vicki and her mom will both receive gift sets of our YesterYear soap bars, and yes Vicki, you will get some of our ‘Triple Chocolate Sundae’ soap.
We hope thing get better for you and your family but in the meantime, stay positive and understand that there are people out there that care.

From your new friends at the YesterYear Soap Company

Do you know of a family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor that is experiencing a difficult time in their lives? Perhaps we can help with a small gesture and bring a bright spot into their day.
Leave us a note in the comments section below or email us at YesterYear@mail.com and share your story. Clearly we can not handle every request, but we will make every effort to help if we can.

Also, you can see what we are doing for women’s shelters around the country here.



Mar 13

Win a Gift Basket Full of Luxury Soap

Have you ever tried all natural soap? Well once you try it you’ll get hooked!


YesterYear soap is handcrafted from all natural ingredients. We offer fragrances such as ‘Mango Papaya’, ‘Lilac’ “Lavender’ and even ‘Triple Chocolate Sundae’ to name a few.

The YesterYear Soap Company is earth friendly and handcrafted from natural plants. Each and every product is made with less than 8 ingredients and does not contain any animal byproducts, sulfates, parabens or any of the harsh chemicals found in commercial soap. Artisan crafted by hand, YesterYear soap is packaged by hand with care and shipped nationwide.
Since YesterYear soap does not contain synthetic ingredients, our soap is gentle enough for all skin types.

Here is your chance to WIN a collection of our wonderful soap bars. Just click on the ‘entry form’ to start.

Our soaps are made from all natural vegetable oils, scented with pure essential oils from plant extracts and colored with organic herbs. We use no synthetic fragrances, colorants or preservatives in any of our soap products.
The result is a gentle bar suitable for all skin types, even for those with sensitive skin.

Contest closes 3/29/2013 10:00 am CST See entry form for terms and conditions.

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Mar 13

Our Visit to the 2013 Oscar’s

We were fortunite enough to have been selected as a one of the products that were included in the Celebrity Gift bag. Here are a few photos from the event and some bio facts a few of the fine actors that took the time to check out our soap.

Bruce Greenwood Fast Facts:
•Before acting, his jobs ranged from diamond drilling to working as a sailboat crew member in Greece to singing and playing guitar in a rock band. He also aspired to be a professional skier until suffering a knee injury.
•Feature-film debut was in 1980′s Arctic expedition tale Bear Island.
•Appeared in three of director Atom Egoyan’s films: Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1997) and Ararat (2002).
•Has lent his voice to numerous audio books.

Noel Fisher

Originally from Vancouver, B.C. Fisher has been steadily gaining momentum as an actor since he was 14 years old.
In 2012, Fisher can be seen with a supporting role [as "Vladimir", a Romanian vampire] in the final chapter of the worldwide phenomenon, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2″. In addition to Twilight, Fisher has been recurring as “Mickey Milkovich” opposite William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum on the hit Showtime series “Shameless.” It was recently announced that he would be joining the cast as a series regular, for season three. In May 2012, Fisher can also be seen in the highly anticipated, History Channel miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” as “Ellison ‘Cotton Top’ Mounts” opposite Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, and Jena Malone

Franco Nero

The blue-eyed Italian actor Franco Nero was a film leading man from 1965. Nero starred in the popular spaghetti western Django, and later played the chop-socky leading role in Enter the Ninja (1980). Never trepidatious about playing non-heroic or psychologically complex roles, Nero has been seen as the villainous Esperanza in Die Hard 2 (1990) and as the “outed” gay ship’s captain in the French Querelle (1982). Nero’s most famous American screen roles include Abel in John Huston’s The Bible and Sir Lancelot in Joshua Logan’s Camelot (1967); his romantic relationship with Camelot leading lady Vanessa Redgrave resulted

What did we have in the gift bag? We included two bars of our all natural handcrafted soap.

The display at the event also had some fine jewelry and other personal care products.

Here is the display loaf. Our ‘Sunrise’ soap loaf that comes with a bamboo cutting board and a soap cutter.



Feb 13

From Log Cabins to Soap… Our Story


Before Florida was a state and Abraham Lincoln was only 20 years old, a log cabin was built by a man named John Drury. Drury was a revolutionary war soldier and fought along George Washington in the battle of Yorktown.
Over 100 years later, a group of individuals stumbled upon his cabin in an over grown forest area near Nashville TN. The cabin had no roof, the floors were dirt and the logs had tumbled over and looked more like a pile of logs than a log cabin.

They had a simple idea: rebuild the cabin just as it stood back when the Drury family lived there. After ‘tagging’ each log, loading them onto a trailer and hauling it to its new location in Mississippi, the cabin was reassembled.
After the process of rebuilding the cabin, the group decided to ‘save’ more cabins from the ravages of time. Several more cabins were found, purchased from the landowners, moved and reassembled.
This cabin ‘rescue’ process saved 5 cabins, an old covered wagon, abandoned stage coach and many artifacts found in and around the cabins.


So what does all of this have to do with soap?

Found among the old ruins of one of the cabins was an unusual kettle. It wasn’t an ordinary looking kettle and it had an unusual residue. After doing some research it was discovered that the ‘residue’ was actually tallow- it was a ‘Soap Makers Kettle’.
Back when these cabins were freshly made from trees that were hand cut and hand chopped, soap was also made by hand. In fact, it was made once a year and was a tedious and time consuming process.

Well, the intrepid cabin ‘rebuilders’ researched the old process of soap making and found the amazing difference between soap back then and soap now. Back then, it was made with items available at the time; water, ashes from hardwood fires and animal fat. Today’s soap is made with chemicals that aren’t easy to pronounce. In fact names such as ‘facial bars’, ‘body bars’ and ‘body cleanser’ have to be used because it isn’t really soap at all.

They decided to introduce a soap to the market that was made with all natural ingredients such as olive oil, hemp oil, palm oil and fragrance oils such as lavender and lilac to give it a pleasant scent. The name ‘YesterYear Soap Company’ was chosen to reflect the natural way soap was once made and their love for preserving the traditions, buildings and products used by early American settlers.

You can see our full collection at YesterYearSoap.com



Jan 13

Win the Loaf of Soap Displayed at the Oscars

We are proud to offer the same ‘Sunrise” soap in a limited editon that will be displayed at the 2013 Oscars in Los Angeles.

You can win this great gift!

We were fortunate enough to have been chosen as a presenter to celebrities to display our handcrafted soap.
100 celebrities will recieve a bar of ‘Sunrise’ as well as another in their swag bag courtesy of the Arisan Group and the GBK 2013 gifting lounge.
You can win the same presentation given to the ‘stars’.

Check back.. as we will show you how to win!



Jan 13

From Log Cabins to Soap… hhmmm

Our story begins with a piece of land that we purchased in northern Mississippi. It had been clear cut and was left with tree stumps and logs left over from the process.
We took several years and cleared the old logs and preserved the beautiful pine trees that were left behind.

We discovered several old log cabins in the area that were abandoned and falling apart. We took the cabins apart log by log, moved them to the property and reassembled them exactly as they once stood over 150 years ago. The cabins and property are now the home of the YesterYear Lodge in Holly Springs Mississippi.

After spending several years working on our project, we developed a special affinity toward the customs, traditions and products that were used by the settlers of the 19th century.

The ingenuity and resourcefulness of these early settlers was compelling. We are now forging ahead with bringing some of these traditions and all natural products to the general public today.

We begin with soap.

The soap making process was a lengthy endeavor that required the soap maker to plan far in advance before any soap could actually be made.

Unlike present day soap makers, the early settlers had to first create some of their soap making ingredients. Once they had their ingredients, they could begin the soap making process. The lye solution was placed in a large kettle with the cleaned fat and boiled for hours until it became thick and frothy

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The success of early soap making was dependent on obtaining the correct balance between the lye and the fats. The process did not involve precise measuring and it sometimes required several attempts before a suitable batch was made.

Over the years, the process was refined and eventually was made by local ‘soap makers’ selling their products in stores. They were all handmade and used natural fragrant products.

We now offer you the same type of soap made over 100 years ago

See what we have! YesterYearSoap.com

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Aug 12

Our Mission

Soap with a Mission

We don’t just make soap. We are on a mission to make our customers healthier and our planet just a little greener. But most important, we want to share our great products with those that can use it more than anyone- family charitable organizations. Women’s shelters face staffing cuts, budget cuts and rising costs. We want to bring awareness to what just a little bit from a lot of businesses can do to make a difference to a person that is going through a very difficult time in their lives.
We make regular donations of our premium soap to organizations that can bring a smile to someone, if only for a minute.

Our Goal: We’re committed to healthy soap, healthy people, a healthy planet and healthy business.
Healthy Product:. We will craft all of our soap products using all natural ingredients that are safe to skin and body
Healthy people. We will enhance the health and well-being of our consumers, collegues and charities.
Healthy planet. We will help protect and restore the planet and promote only products that do the same.

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Aug 12

Bloggers! We Want Your Opinion

We are looking for family friendly bloggers to do a review of our all natural soap and give us your feedback on our soon to be released ‘Soap to Go’.

Our ‘Soap to Go’ are small individual packets of all natural, single use handcrafted soap that you can carry with you. Perfect for those on the go that don’t want to use commercially produced, chemically laden soaps found in public places.
Unlike the soap found in restrooms, our soap contains:
NO Preservatives
NO Animal Products
NO Petroleum Products
NO Parabens
NO Lauryl Sulfate

Our ‘Soap to Go’ comes in a wide variety of fragrances such as Lavender, Green Tea Mint & Honeysuckle in packs of 12. They leave your hands smelling fresh and chemical free.

If you are interested in receiving a bar of our all natural soap plus a packet of ‘Soap to Go’ to try for yourself or share with family and friends, simply leave a comment below with the name of your blog.


If you would like to reveiw a particular fragrance of our soap, go to www.YesterYearSoap.com and note which one you would like to review. (sorry, no ‘giveaway’ with this review).

We will email you for mailing instructions. Note: we can only ship to US addresses.

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