Beauty products are something I have always remained unfaithful to. For most of my adult life, I tended to purchase whatever was on ad that I could match with a coupon, fully knowing that I wasn't going to be in love with it. Last year, I started purchasing my soap from random soap vendors at local farmers markets, and I was happier than with my ad soap, but still not in love. Some were good, but they all left me feeling like I’d just bathed in Palmolive and didn't have any oil left in my body. It always reminded me of the old dish soap commercials where a housewife would squeak her finger on the dish to see if it was clean.
On a whim, I noticed that the creator of Portland based Haiku Organics, Clarissa Winn, had some bars of mint mojito soap for sale, and I was so intrigued that I had to have a bar. I knew I would like it, because everything from Haiku Organics is made with the highest quality natural, organic, and fair-trade ingredients possible, but what I didn't know was how much I would love it.
I am a huge fan of shopping locally and networking with other momtrepreneurs. Anyone who is running a business while maintaining a family knows how much work goes into making it through every day, and I want to support people who do that. I also know that my clients work hard to earn their money, and when they pay me for my services I don’t want to spend that money on a big box corporation, so I try to keep as many of my purchases as local as I can.
Haiku Organics also has a love for staying local, using products from local farms, suppliers, and printed material. They proudly operate with consciousness about maintaining a low carbon footprint, and I love that.
I ordered my soap, and a couple of days later, a box arrived at my house. When I opened this box in my dining room, I could feel all of the love that went into Clarissa’s products pour out all over me. Not only did I get some soap, but an array of other beautifully packaged amazingly scented products. Every detail from the soap and other goodies to the hand written note from Clarissa thanking me for allowing her to become part of my self-care regimen was beautiful. I could tell that she cares very much about her customers.
She thanked me for allowing her to become part of my regimen. That meant a lot to me. That small little detail shifted something deep inside of me. Hand written, addressed to me, not mass printed and sterile.
Excitedly, I climbed into the shower and was completely blown away. Hand-made soap, in my experience, usually doesn't have suds, which is something that I miss about using box store soap. This beautiful smelling bar of mint mojito soap from Haiku Organics bubbled right up with very little effort and took very little soap. Another problem I find with handmade soap is that it strips all of the oils from my skin, leaving me feeling like I can’t even run my hand down my arm. Because of this, I have been using an in-the-shower moisturizer for about a year. My skin felt so soft and hydrated after using my Haiku Organics bar of soap that I haven’t had to use that moisturizer since.
I also received a moisturizer bar, lip balm, amazing bath salt, and foot tea that rocked my world. I feel like I just got an expensive spa treatment every time I use any of them.
Whether you love handmade self-care products, or you've never tried them, I suggest you give Haiku Organics a try. Clarissa is perfecting her line, which will be available soon, but she’s always working on something. Contact her to find out what she currently has in stock, and make Haiku Organics a part of your self-care regimen. You won’t regret it.