So you may be wondering how I got started making handmade organic soap... I love making anything homemade, whether it is fresh homemade bread from the oven, a homemade quilt made from old jeans, or homemade soaps and lip balms, this is what I love to do! It gives me a sense of satisfaction, accomplishment and self-sufficiency. I also want my family and others to be healthy and use products that are naturally good for them. I want to be resourceful and use the natural things placed on this earth to benefit everyday life.
The other reason I started making my own soap was that in 1998 I discovered an irritation on my hands... it ended up being eczema. I tried everything I could find to ease the itching and heal my hands, but nothing worked. I went to the dermatologist and was prescribed a crème that helped with the itching, but it dried the skin on my hands so much they began to crack and bleed. The pain and itching went on for years until I discovered that all of the over-the-counter lotions and detergent bars (what the market calls soap) were filled with harmful chemicals and additives that caused my hands to become inflamed even more. So, I set out to find something that would actually help my condition and ultimately The Essential Olive was born. I have since added natural lip balms, body butters, a mens shaving soap, massage oils and a pet shampoo bar.
And why do I use essential oils? I have been studying the benefits of using essential oils and have learned that they carry healing properties. The aromatherapy of using them also benefits my overall health and well being. I love the smell of the natural ingredients, and they create a sense of natural health. To read the benefits of carrier oils and essential oils, please read The Essentials.
About the McHughs
Debbie McHugh resides in Shasta Lake City, California with her husband and is the mother of four children and the grandmother of two grandchildren. Tom and Debbie worked on cattle ranches for over 15 years and they understand the importance of living naturally. Raising grass fed beef, growing and canning their own produce, raising chickens for fresh farm eggs and making soap from all natural ingredients have been core values the McHugh family lives by. Living simply... one day at a time.