We have homemade beeswax soap and cream for sale that we have been making and giving away as gifts. People really seemed to like the soap so we started to sell some at local markets. We started making our own soap after listening to another soap maker claim that once you start using homemade soap you won't want to use "store bought" soap again. She was right! I thought she was joking when she said she took her own soap with her while traveling. Not any more because we do the same thing. She also told us how the homemade soap and cream would help with eczema and psoriasis. This is what really got me interested in making soap because my wife, Betsy has had problems with psoriasis for many years. She was right because my wife's psoriasis has all but disappeared once she began using our own soap and creams
We currently have 9 different scents that we make. All of the scents are from essential oils except for the French Vanilla which is a fragrance oil. For the oil base in our soap we use olive, palm and coconut oils. Beeswax and oatmeal is also added to the mix for a firm bar and a refreshing experience. The beeswax we use is from our own bees and other local beekeepers. Since we have started to sell more of the soap and cream we can't keep up with the beeswax demand so more and more of it comes from an organic supplier of quality wax.
Our soap scents include;
Plain, Fir, Lemongrass. Sweet Birch, Sweet Orange, Orange Spice, French Vanilla, Orange Neem and Patchouli. We make the soap in small batches and cut and wrap it by hand, then it cures for at least six weeks. The final soap bar is a little generous of 4 ounces. As the soap ages it continues to shrink a bit so the bars do keep getting a bit smaller. This is not a bad thing because the bar becomes harder also. This means it last longer than a newer bar so you actually get a bonus in an older bar!
All soaps sell for $5 a bar and if you buy 5 the 6th bar is free.
Hand and Body Cream
Our hand and body cream is made from beeswax, mineral oil and essential oils for a light fragrance. There are not many ingredients to it but it feels good and works well. I work out in the New Hampshire cold a lot and I normally get those painful splits on my fingers and last year was the first time in many years that I didn't get any splits. I used the cream almost every night at bedtime and it kept my hands split free. You realize that I am quite biased about our product but most people that have tried it agree that it makes their skin feel better.
Our four cream scents are Mandarin, Tea Tree, Neem and Plain. All are packaged in 4 oz. jars.
The cream is $8 a jar and if you buy 5 the 6th is free.
We have lip balm that is good to use any time of the year. With almond oil, beeswax, shea and cocoa butters and vitamin E this balm offers protection and a soothing relief for dry lips. Spearmint, peppermint and orange flavors are available for $2 each.
We have recently added shaving soap to our products. Shaving soap is different than our regular soaps. Instead of a cold process we use a hot process and different oils for this product. In a shaving soap you want to be able to produce a lather quickly and have a lather that lasts while you shave. It took us a while to come up with a soap that we are comfortable offering to you and we think that you will enjoy the experience.
The shaving soap has 2 ounces in a 4 ounce jar so you will have some room for your shaving brush to pick up some of the soap as you swirl it in the container. We are offering two different scents as of now, sweet birch and orange spice.
The soap is $10.00 for a 2 ounce container that will last many months with daily use. We are also offering Badger Hair Brushes for $12.00 each.
Currently the best way to purchase from us is to email me and then pick it up if you are close to Sutton, NH. We can mail your order to you if you are not close by. We can take credit cards, checks or cash.
My email is email@example.com
John and Betsy at
Baker Hill Apiary
You can also find our products at;
-Our friends at The Follansbee Inn are using our handmade soap in their guest baths.
-Musterfield Farm's Produce Stand (in season). We were lucky to have our bees at the farm in 2013 and are hopeful for expanding our bees in 2014.
Gourmet Garden in New London a unique gift shop that features products fom local artist and crafts people.
Vernondale General Store in North Sutton, NH. Step back to a simpler time at this delightful New England general store. You will be pleasantly surprised by the friendly service, great food and wonderful atmosphere.