Century Farmhouse Soaps | HIS Soap and HIS Shaving Soap
We’ve featured a lot of amazing Jewelry so far in this gift guide giveaway series and there is still more to come. However, tonight is for the guys! Ladies – are you looking for something luxurious for your special someone? Gents – who am I kidding, we know you’re not going to gift these great HIS Soap and HIS Shaving Soap Bars by Century Farmhouse Soaps… go ahead, enjoy it if you win!
Ann Marie, owner of Century Farmhouse, shares her story below:
“Thirteen years ago, a new batch of soap, dotted with poppy seeds and scented with lemons, was poured into an enameled pan that my father had used for photo developing years before. Two days later I was scooping that goopy mess out of the pan with my hands and turning it into snowballs of lemon poppy seed soap – brightly scented and satisfyingly scrubby, even if a little soft at the start. My father handed me $20 and told me to go buy soap, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: Reverse psychology works for me every time.
That semi-successful project was not, at the time, a conscious attempt at business, but it was the beginning of a new definition of myself and of my talents. I love being a soap designer. Coming from a long line of makers-of-many-things, I realize the importance of being able to fashion something from nothing and of being able to share that something with those around me. And like most inventors and artists and grandmothers who learned by doing things time and again, my imagination was the catalyst in the formation of products that I am proud to share with others today.
The process of creation is fascinating to me, and I draw inspiration from music, art, literature, conversation, travel, food….from life. How does one go from a walk across a Scottish moor to creating a bar of soap? How can a batch of soap reflect the mission and accomplishments of a business that commissions it? Can soap honor the memories of family lore in the same way an heirloom quilt can? How does it tell a story? If it is consumable, is it of less value than a tangible treasure that can be passed from generation to generation? Can I please just use it to wash my face?
Aren’t all handmade gifts reflections of ourselves and of the loved ones we share them with? A gift of handcrafted soap is a rich & sensory thing. It feels like silk on the skin, smells heavenly, and brings thoughts of the giver to mind every time it is used. So in that spirit, I’d like to share one our most popular soaps: Especially created for men, HIS soap embodies the symbols of wisdom and peace; its silky softness and warm scent of bay, nutmeg, vetiver, and citrus make that daily shower a celebration of the senses! HIS bursts into luxurious bubbles so perfect for bathing and shaving that we created a companion shaving soap that just fits into a shaving mug!
Our products are entirely crafted in the US, and proudly so. Knowing how much hard work goes into the creation of a product, one can admire and appreciate the workmanship of high quality goods no matter where in the world they are made, and there is nothing wrong with that. Appreciation of those made close to home however, have the added value of building community through economic stimulation and provision of opportunities for volunteerism and education. We’ve even built a little community spirit by making “stone soup” soap right at our local Farmers’ Market using ingredients from farmers and vendors. Soap containing root beer, cookies, whole potatoes, corn silk, Muligatawny soup, and chicken feathers may seem a little odd – but the spirit of giving and community participation makes us part of a bigger whole – and that whole celebrates the American Dream.”
If you are in the area of West Bend, Wisconsin be sure to also stop in and visit her shop!
1803 North Main Street
West Bend, Wisconsin 53090
Century Farmhouse Soaps is open for the holidays on Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm and on Saturday from 10am-2pm. You can reach her via telephone at 262-334-2321.
Enter to Win one bar each of HIS Soap and HIS Shaving Soap by leaving a comment on this post. Visit Ann Marie’s website and let us know which scent you believe would be your favorite. Don’t have a favorite? – It’s okay to like them all!
Sophisticated and warm, Century Farmhouse’s soaps for men incorporate natural ingredients that reflect an adventurous spirit! Especially created for men, HIS soap embodies the symbols of wisdom and peace (bay laurel & vetiver); its silky softness and warm scent making that daily shower a celebration of the senses! HIS bursts into luxurious bubbles perfect for bathing and shaving. A winner will be randomly selected on December 14th and contacted via email.
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