"It is our commitment to help others stop using synthetic and chemically laden soap, and feel "O-so" good about what you're using on your skin. There is a simple, healthier way to clean and protect your skin. And, we aim to consistently promote the importance of using handmade soaps made with simple, and only all natural ingredients.
In 2013, Oso Handmade Soap Company began as a quest to help our daughter fight the disturbance of Eczema - a chronic skin disease that has no cure. We tried every day for any solution to stop the dry patches, the itch, and the embarrassment she suffered as she wore several band-aids everyday to prevent scratching. And when the band-aids didn't prevent the scratching, an open wound on her leg lead to a near serious blood infection that started to spread throughout her body. The next day we committed to first, stop buying cheaply made "soap" from the store, then, create a simple cleansing bar that retains moisture while helping to keep her skin in a healthy state to prevent further dry patches. After realizing we could help relatives and friends who have sensitive and/or dry skin, the Oso Handmade Soap Company was born.
Our Goal can only be achieved by the support of our family, friends, and customers!
2013 we accomplished:
We have been a member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild since 2013. All of our Soaps are handcrafted using the minimalist amount of machines and equipment. We take pride in providing a quality product and one that is unique to other soaps. We aim for the bulk of our packaging and shipping material to be recycled.
In 2014, very busy year:
Baby shower Hostess gifts, Mother's Day gifts, Teacher gifts
Outdoor venue called the Venus de Miles in Lake Forest, IL
We tried to do it all!
2015 was filled with meeting new customers, updating our website, going mobile, and improving our photography to show case our products better. A few corporate holiday gifts, and baby shower favors kept us busy.
This was the year to try new products.
Shave bar is still very popular, however, it lasts so long that we don't hear from our customers very often.
Lotion is such a necessity living in the midwest during winter. We refuse to buy lotion from the store that contains parabens and other cancer causing ingredients.
Lip Balms, another necessity for winter time. Break the patroleum habit! So bad for you.
Fun! We sponsored an event to raise money for SAFEwater to bring Bio filters into African homes to help keep families healthy. We also donated a single Bio Filter to an African family.
Customers like to mix it up we understand. So we are creating Seasonal bars that get you into the spirit of the season, smell great, and of course make you feel "O so" good about what you're putting on your skin.
In the beginning of the year, we surveyed our customers & started implementing changes to improve what we were already offering, making smarter decisions, and emphasizing our purpose.
With the help of their input, we implemented some changes. New label in line with "O-so Simple" tag. More focused emails, more social media updates.
testing new scents, bug spray, bath bombs, Keeping our message simple.
More and more customers have approached us to create something special, something unique. Some of the "custom" products we're working on include: Beard oil, Sunscreen, Bath salts, Facial scrubs, and hotel-sized bars for travel. We want all of our customers to feel "O so" good about what they are using on their skin.
Send us note firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like something made just for you!
"When you use a bar of handcrafted soap,
you know it was made with the personal
touch of a local soap maker."