Producer of the Week: Hippie Soap Company

Handcrafted speciality soaps from Hippie Soap Company. Photo credit: Copper Lantern Pictures

Handcrafted speciality soaps from Hippie Soap Company. Photo credit: Copper Lantern Pictures

Hippie Soap Company is a new producer this year at the UM Farmers Market. In fact, they’re a new company entirely.  “We had been buying craft soap from other vendors,” said Stephanie Oram, co-owner of Hippie Soap. “We read books and blogs on soap making and decided to start our company in September of last year.”

Stephanie and her business partner Henry Toroni make a number of handcrafted soaps, lotions, and lip balms. In their first visit to the market, they found their unscented lotion bars, as well as their Moroccan Mint, Lavender, and Patchouli Tie Dye soaps sold very well. “We’re still learning what our most popular products are going to be,” Henry said. By talking to patrons, they learned a great deal about people’s allergies to certain scents. This information was valuable, they said, because it will help them think about the products they produce for the market.

Henry and Stephanie were drawn to the UM Farmers Market based on its proximity to their business. Once here, they found they liked the setting and the patrons. “It was really nice meeting people from the neighborhood today,” said Stephanie.

If you’re wondering, the name Hippie Soap came from Henry and Stephanie thinking about using the initials of their first names – H and S. That evolved into Hippie Soap “because making soap is a hippie thing to do,” said Stephanie. If you haven’t yet met Henry and Stephanie, please visit them at the market this week to browse their great selection of bar soaps, solid lotions, lip lotions, and men’s shaving soap.

PRODUCER SPECIAL: In honor of being selected Producer of the Week, Hippie Soap will be selling its lotion bars for $3. That’s $1 off the original price. Stop by their booth and take advantage of this special pricing!

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