I recently discovered the Old Fort Soap Company located in my hometown of Fort Wayne, IN and I am now a new loyal customer! I’ve been using their soaps now for almost two months and I love them! I was close to running out of my first batch of soaps last week, so the timing worked out perfectly since I was able to restock at last weekend’s Fort Wayne Farmers Market. I bought another 3 bars of soap…but I had such a hard time choosing which ones I wanted to try next!! My boys and I spent a lot of time smelling pretty much each and every bar. 🙂
A while back on my Facebook page, I asked my readers what they used for natural bar soap. Several local readers said I should try out the Old Fort Soap Company, so after finishing up what I was already using, that’s what I did! And I’m so glad that I’ve found this awesome local company!
What I love about their natural soaps is that they are made in small batches and individually cut by hand. They use only the finest GMO-free vegetable oils, plant extracts, clays, natural colorants, micas, essential oils, and/or phalate-free fragrance oils. They are also gluten free (except the oatmeal soap) and even vegan-friendly!
Here are the soaps I’ve tried so far…
- The Hampton’s: This one had a nice smell and was slightly gritty for exfoliating, which I liked. It lasted me over 3 weeks with daily usage in the shower.
- Clean Pores Detox with activated charcoal: I was skeptical if this could actually help my adult acne (sigh…right?), but I honestly feel like my skin is much clearer now than it’s been in a long, long time! Is it solely from this soap? Hard to know for sure, but it’s sure not hurting anything!! The directions state that I should create a thick layer in my hands, smooth it on my face and any other problem areas, and then let it sit for 3-8 minutes. I did this the first time I used it, but I’ll admit that ever since then I’ve just used it like a regular face wash. As a busy mom of three, waiting that long just isn’t something I have enough patience for these days. 😉 It seems to be working great for me, though!
- Jewelweed: This is supposed to be their “poison ivy soap.” Well, I can’t remember the last time I was in contact with poison ivy (thank goodness, because as a kid it was awful for me), so I just used it as a regular soap. If you have poison ivy, oak, or sumac in your yard, use this prior to gardening or wash with it right away if you get it. The fragrance was mild and sweet and it also lasted me over 3 weeks.
- Pear Berry: This is the one my two boys picked out for their bathtub. I’m pretty sure they picked it solely based upon it being both blue AND green. 🙂 It smells awesome, though! They picked well! The Old Fort Soap Co. website describes it as “a delightful juicy blend of luscious pear, boysenberry, ripe raspberry and blackberry.” Yum. I cannot wait to use it for their bath tonight!! (I already know we’ll love it based on how much I like the three soaps above.)
- Pink Sugar: Also another one that smells amazing! I just started using this one a couple days ago and it’s already my favorite so far. I didn’t realize this until later, but this one is described on their website as a “sweet delectable cotton candy essence with hints of jasmine and musk.” Doesn’t that sound so nice? Definitely a vast improvement over the smell I get into the shower with…a post-workout, sweaty skin smell!
- Red Clover Tea: While I haven’t used this one yet, it smells so good. I’m sure it will be just as great as all the ones above!
My skin is nice and soft after showering and I feel clean. Exactly what I want out of soap! However, more importantly, I like that I’m not rubbing my body with chemicals and other harsh ingredients every day. Commercial soaps, while cheaper, are often full of chemicals that can dry out your skin! Not to mention full of petroleum, sulfates, and surfactants that your body does not need or want. Did you know that? It’s something I’ve only figured out within the last several months. Not only do I pay attention to the ingredients in the foods we eat now, but I also want to focus on the ingredients we’re putting ON our bodies, as well. The skin is our largest organ, after all! We should take good care of it. 🙂
Old Fort Soap Company has a HUGE selection of soaps online, but they even have specialty soaps that serve an additional purpose, like a Shampoo Bar, a “Happy Camper” bar that helps to repel mosquitoes (which definitely interests me because the mosquitoes in our backyard are atrocious in the summertime), and a “Gardner’s Bar” with ground pumice to help remove grime and lemon oil to kill bacteria!
And not only does the Old Fort Soap Company sell soap, they sell a lot of other natural products, as well. I just started using their apple natural lip balm and I really like it. I’m very picky when it comes to lip balms (you can read a blog post I wrote about my old ChapStick addiction here), but even since I’ve been using other natural brands, not all of them meet my high expectations. This one does. It goes on very smooth, but is not overly waxy…if that makes sense. 🙂 Plus, I like that it comes in so many flavor varieties. I had a hard time choosing, but finally went with apple since that was more unique. It’s an added bonus that they’re only $1 per tube!
I’m also now using Old Fort Soap Co.’s natural laundry detergent. I’ve run multiple loads with it already and it works great, just as I expected, of course. 🙂 They sell 3 varieties: clean cotton, lavender, and original (which is unscented). I’m using the clean cotton right now, but I will definitely buy the original next time. My nose is really sensitive to smells (I can only wear unscented deodorant), so I should have known better from the get-go. 🙂 While the end result (my clean laundry!) does not smell overpowering at all, the actual detergent smell is a little on the strong side for me. Nothing that will stop me from using it, of course, but if you’re sensitive to smells, you may want to go with the original, as well. The container looks tiny, but this is a CONCENTRATED laundry soap, meaning that you will only use a tablespoon for each load of laundry. It’s just $5 per container and that gets you approximately 64 loads of laundry. There are also instructions on the lid for how to turn this into a liquid soap, if that’s what you prefer, and it can be used in either a standard or HE washer. Again, though, the most important thing to me is that it’s all-natural, made from scratch, and good for the environment.! And that it cleans our clothes well. 🙂
Old Fort Soap Co. also sells natural deodorants, bubble bath and bath bombs, solid perfume lotion bars, massage bars, and even wooden soap boats to keep your soap lasting longer (made by another local company).
If you’re not local, Old Fort Soap Company ships all over the US and offers free shipping on orders over $20. I would love for you to check them out here! And if you ARE local, make sure to head over to the next Farmers Market to buy some in person so you can smell before you buy (and also talk to the soap makers themselves: Gary and Hagan)!
Disclaimer: Some of the above products I was given for free to blog about and some I purchased myself. All opinions are completely my own…as always!