The Happy Hermit's Bath & Body Line

Friday, August 23, 2019
The Happy Hermit offers a lovely array of handmade cold process soaps, with most of my line being Vegan.  I do still make my original soap with lard because it's just flat luxurious, and I can't totally live without it.  BUT, I take extra special caution to make sure there is never any cross contamination in my vegan products.  No spoon that has ever even touched lard will touch my coconut oil, for example. 

While bar soap is a must-have standard, I also have a bit of an addiction to beautiful molds.  I've collected an assortment of mermaids and fairies and lots of seasonal items like pumpkins and even gingerbread houses.  Yes, you've heard right - I even have zombies and tombstones!  Once a month, I also make a Hermit's Treasure soap that has a hidden crystal inside, like these bayberry hearts.  Occasionally I take the time to hand paint my soaps.  It really makes the mermaids come alive!

Body butters were a natural addition to soap making.  My soaps are super moisturizing, and butters give that extra boost to your rough areas like feet.  I'm a barefoot girl, and I couldn't live without this!

For my husband's landscaper's hands, I made him a balm with meadowfoam oil and essential oils.  I know he loves it because he's religiously used it for a year now.  Definitely a keeper.  Yeah, him, too.

Being a soaper, I wash my hands a million times a day, so I also like to have a regular lotion on hand.  I use wonderful butters in these, with my favorite being mango butter, I think.  Lotions are also great because I can ship them any time of the year.  It has to be a cooler month to ship butters and balms from Tennessee, but the good thing is that a couple butters last you longer than a TN summer - at least this year.  Boy has this year flown by!

I also can't wait for cooler weather so I can make some more lotion bars.  Not only are these absolutely fabulous, but their packaging is much more eco friendly, and you can reuse the little tins they come in.  If you've never used a lotion bar before, you simply take them out of the tin and rub them on your skin - the heat from your skin warms up the wax and butters and applies it to your skin.  I feel that the beeswax leaves a protective layer on your skin, too.  I'm looking into a vegan friendly wax for these.

Salt and sugar scrubs are something I'd never tried before a customer requested some.  These are awesome, and I love to play with different oils and fragrances!  They're my favorite hand cleanser for summer gardening time and are crazy moisturizing.  I've also got a cuticle oil that changed my life this summer.  It was my first experience using carrot seed essential oil, and now I put that in lots of my items.  I even used that on little cuts and nicks and was super happy with the results!

Not to leave out our lips, I also make lip balms and sugar lip scrubs.  I also make my lip balms with different butters because some of my customers have allergies, and we want to have something for everyone.  The sugar scrubs are also easily customized - last year we tried coffee, cocoa, peppermint, and vanilla - all were delicious.

Lip balms are another thing I want to make vegan, and I'm thinking this year, we might try some tints!

Body sprays and perfumes are something that I just love to make.  My body spray is also conditioning (of course), and use it daily after the shower on my chest and shoulders.  I even use my spray on frizzy summer hair to tame it down after drying.  It has moisture locking ingredients, and I use a dry oil that doesn't leave a residue.

THIS week, after several requests, I ventured into rose water!  People are going to get sick of hearing me talk about how much I love this stuff.  I decided to start with a foaming facial wash.  This has a delightful fragrance of rose, and I used a rosewood essential oil that added an earthy essence to it - and of course both of these are wonderful for your skin. These can definitely be tailor made to your skin type.
And after you wash your face in luxury, you can mist it with this rose water and witch hazel toner, which can also be used to refresh any time of day.  It also has aloe vera gel.  It is SO refreshing!

Since I love a bath, I also tried to get in on the bath bomb craze.  Making these in Tennessee's humidity is lunacy, so I decided to stick to bath salts.  I'm going to give these another go this winter when I make my shower steamers.  It would be really nice to have some in our gift baskets.
Also, bath salts are a more versatile item - we can put anything we want in there and not have to worry about it sticking together.  I make an endless variety of salts with butters and milks and even magnesium to help my aching bones.  One of these days I'm going to try making us some bubble bath.  Sorry - I can't make the wine that we all need with these pampering baths.  You're on your own for that one.

Another of my latest items is hair conditioner!  I was truly tickled with how this came out.  After using it for two weeks, I swear I will never buy another store bought conditioner.  I made one for "normal" hair to try out first.  It was so light that I almost couldn't tell it was in my hair, and it rinsed SO clean and left no buildup on my hair.  Within three days, I could already see a noticeable difference.  This week, I made one for dry or color treated hair.  I expected it to be a little too much for my hair, but it was even fuller than with the first one and SO shiny!

And yes, I know - now we need a shampoo bar!  That is most definitely next on my list.  After all, we are now the ladies who have everything, aren't we?

Currently, I don't have a specific shop with everything I have made and in stock, but you can find that on our Facebook page or message me any time.  I'm always happy to make you a custom batch of whatever you like, and if you don't see it here, I'm willing to try it for you.


  1. MaryMac said...:

    What a fabulous description of your product line! I can speak personally for how amazing everything is that I've tried so far but now I'm intrigued to try it all. You can tell that you put your heart and soul into everything you do.

  1. Thank you SO very much!!!

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