We really wanted to go down to Utah county and pick berries, but that’s a long drive for us for just berries, so I looked up a few other fun things to do around Provo and decided to make a day of it. One of the coolest places I saw was The Soap Factory. They started out as a small shop where you could make custom, all-natural soaps and have since expanded to include lotion, salt or sugar scrubs, fizzy bath balls, lip balm, gourmet chocolates, trail mix… basically tons of bath and gift items.
The inner hippie in me got really excited about his place. My kids have allergies, asthma, and severe eczema, so we are always paying through the roof for all natural, gentle bath products they can use. These guys charge a $5 lab fee per person and then only 5₵ per gram for the product. An average size bar of soap ends up costing about $5, which for the experience, plus the quality of product, we felt was pretty good. (We typically buy Burt's Bees All Natural Shampoo and Body Wash on Amazon for $9 a bottle... none of the cheaper stuff works with my kids' allergies.)
We LOVE good quality essential oils and use them at home with our kids all the time. I always tell people, I don’t think they are a cure all, but I do see a difference in my kids’ asthma when they regularly use certain oils, so I was thrilled to hear from the owner that he basically has the exact same philosophy and wanted to start an oil company that educated people about what oils can and can’t do, as much as he wanted to know his product and source it from the best suppliers. As a part of my oil tangent I totally asked and found out that you can just go in and buy their oils or even purchase them online for a flat fee… no multilevel marketing involved!
The two little boys just wanted dinosaurs and could care less what went in them so we decided to make the soap, that they are most known for, so that I could try it out on their sensitive skin. The shop owner made excellent recommendations and we created the perfect mix and none of my kids reacted to their dinosaur soaps, so win-win! In addition to colloidal (an oat product that helps eczema), they also end up adding in an oil blend called Dragon’s Breath for fragrance) It really smelled amazing, but I think they mostly chose it for its name… I’ll just tell myself they have good taste in scents though!
Olyvia (13) and Makelle (6) decided to make pink grapefruit lip balm.
We started with the soap molds, because those needed to dry the longest, then mixed and poured chocolate, while that cooled we worked on the lip gloss. It all ran like a loud, excited, but well oiled machine!
The whole time we were there I kept thinking this would be the perfect place to take the kids for Mother’s Day or Christmas.
Every mom or grandma loves getting homemade gifts from their kids, but these are actually good quality gifts they would really love and use, plus the mess stays at their shop, rather than all over your kitchen!
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