When I’m looking for new products to write about, I often hope to find a company that makes something with a story behind it. When I found Yesteryear Soap Company, I found one of the best stories I’d ever read. Yesteryear creates pure, organic and really beautiful soaps. The name evokes the time and place from which their company evolved. I’m really thrilled to bring to you the story of Yesteryear Soap.
It begins with a piece of land that they purchased in northern Mississippi. They took years to clear the old logs and they preserved the beautiful pine trees that were left behind. During this, they discovered several old log cabins in the area that were abandoned and falling apart. They 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 this project, they 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. They are now forging ahead with bringing some of these traditions and all natural products to the general public today.
They begin with soap.
The soap making process during the 19th century 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.
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.
The YesterYear Soap Company can now offer you the same type of soap made over 100 years ago.
What Makes YesterYear Soap “Natural” Soap?
Natural soap means a soap whose ingredients are plant based, and we further define our product as an herbal soap. We oppose the body care industry’s use of the word “natural” to include synthetic fragrances, colorants, and preservatives. We add no artificial substances to our soaps, such as synthetic fragrances, dyes, and preservatives, and where possible, we use organically grown products. Our purely herbal soap is scented with essential oils only and colored with organic herbs and plant extracts only. The soap base recipe is made from 100% certified organic oils. Our products contain no parabens. Read through our ingredient list to see what we mean by “natural soap.” Then, to really see what we mean, take a copy of our ingredients with you next time you go to the store and compare them to the ingredients of soaps on the shelves. Your skin will know the difference.
What Makes Their Soap Better?
A good bar soap balances bar hardness (durability), lather quality (both fluffiness and stability), and moisturizing ability. These different properties come from the different fatty acids that make up molecules of the organic vegetable oils we use as the base of our herbal soap. Unfortunately, the fatty acids that are moisturizing are not those that contribute much to lather quality, and the ones that make great lather are drying to our skin. A perfect bar soap is the result of carefully balancing the fatty acids to maximize the bar’s hardness, lather quality, and moisturizing ability.
This is over 1 lb of cuts from a variety of our most popular scents. Ideal for the guest bath or kitchen, these large “chunks” of soap come in an attractive wire basket. These are not ‘seconds’ but actual cuts from our scented bars.
I received their “Chunky Soap Basket” to review for this post. First of all, it was beautifully wrapped with tissue and ribbon and was like opening the loveliest present. The scents that emanated from the package were just heavenly. I could smell Citrus and Lilac and Vanilla. The soaps themselves were oddly cut in beautiful shapes with ridges and whorls and the colors were like a rainbow. The basket was pretty too! It was a lovely gold wire mesh and it perfect for holding all these soaps. I have been using them every day. Not only do they make your skin feel very soft and supple, but the scents are really true and fresh. No fake Irish Spring here. Some of them smelled so good I wanted to take a bite!
Read the full review here
You can now purchase YesterYear Soap products online at Abe’s Market