Fancy Meeting You Here
Behind The Scenes
G.H. Soaps was established in 2014 out of a community organic urban gardening initiative that I had started when I moved into Detroit around 2013. My son and I were in our 3rd year of urban gardening, and sharing the idea of food sovereignty with our community when I had gotten the idea to expand on the idea (or knowledge) that plants were capable of providing both food & medicine. As I pondered the thought, I'd begun crafting products for friends and family members that were suffering from bouts of eczema outbreaks. I researched herbs heavily and even enrolled in a Master Gardening class at a local MSE Extension campus. It was truly an awesome experience.
One day I was invited to sell at a holiday market, but, I was not at all prepared. I hadn't thought of a name for the soaps. I hadn't even considered packaging! I scrambled to find a name and at that time, I settled in on Garden Harvest Soaps. I thought it was befitting until people kept associating it with food! Oh well, back to story. I created a logo and quickly generated labels from my Canon inkjet (view the Facebook photos or Instagram feed). Not half bad. While you're perusing my social media sites, share some love and tap a follow! Ok so, on a shoestring and in a hurry, I prepared for my first market. I had to, I'd already signed up and paid the fee! I lugged in the soap boxes, set up and nearly sold out. It was awesome. The interest in my product line was not only instant, but continuous; overwhelmingly exciting to start but the business took flight from that point on.
Since the beginning, the business has truly evolved and well, so have I. Seeds have been sown and we've grown together. It has been a life altering journey of challenge and triumph, patience and resilience, tenacity and will, much like a garden. However, a look behind the scenes, would reveal a one woman show. As owner, I am the us in ABOUT US. I am the Web Designer, Brand Manager, Graphic Designer, Product Designer, Photographer, Media Coordinator, Research & Development Specialist, Buyer, Supplier, Vendor/Seller, Marketing Manager, Single Parent, Homeschooling Mom...shall I go on? But, I have a deep love for what I do here. It is an everlasting love because I am able to bring all that I AM and pour all that I love to do, into this business and to share it with all of you.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to G.H. Soaps!
My Commitment To Quality
As the passionate owner & operator of this company, my sole mission is to provide you with pure & natural products. It isn't just business nomenclature, it's who I am. Unfortunately, it goes without being said that the terms 'pure, natural and organic' remain universally 'undefined' and been misused so that they are nearly meaningless. Therefore, I feel it is necessary to share how these terms are defined for G.H. Soaps
PURE - The term pure is used to describe the essential oils used in my product lines. Many other handmade product makers loosely use the term 'essential oil' or 'essential oil blend' to label the synthetic fragrance¹ oils in their products. Whether done deliberately as a marketing ploy or out of ignorance, essential oils are NOT the same as fragrance oil. In fact, true essential oils are extracted from plants (roots, leaves, stems, bark, resin & flowers), often by steam distillation.
NATURAL - Natural as in organic, as in biodegradable. Capable of being broken down (decomposed) rapidly by the action of microorganisms.
ORGANIC - I use the term 'naturally organic' because the ingredients are naturally organic in nature. As a matter of fact, my bars, including the packaging, are completely biodegradable. Organic matter (or organic material) is defined as matter that has come from a recently living organism. It is capable of decay, or is the product of decay; or is composed of organic compounds.
My products are honest and the labels accurately reflect product ingredients, demonstrating the company's transparency. As a consumer, just like you, I choose to use a product that I trust. As the owner of G.H. Soaps I am 100% committed to delivering honest products to you and your family! G.H.Soaps and the BODYTRUTH brand are names you can TRUST!