A soapmaker's taleIt is a simple story. My curiosity about soap was ignited after I purchased a handmade bar at a farmer's market in Oregon. I loved the texture of it and the way it felt on my skin. I was passionate to find out everything about soap making. I devoured many books to learn about making cold process soaps and scoured the internet to glean every piece of information I could. There were some very generous soap makers who shared all their knowledge and tips. The kitchen became cluttered with all types or oils, utensils and containers for molds. Aromatic fragrances wafted through the house mixed with the smell of lye. Beginner's luck was generous. Some of the first batches resembled soap, however there were some messy disasters. The gooey failures did not deter the soap making quest.
Our mission was to make handmade soaps in small batches using the best of nature's ingredients and colors only from plants, flowers, clays and seeds. The fragrances came from essential oils only. As the soap bars improved I started giving them away. The day came when people asked for more. This was exciting. A local business took the soap bars on a consignment basis. The proprietor gave most of them away as gifts. When I visited, she shared that the soaps were a big hit, but that there was one ingredient that people were not happy about. She pointed to "palm oil" on the label I researched the issue. Palm oil usage threatens orangutan's habitats. Back to the books, lots of research and disasters to remove palm oil from our soaps. Shea, cocoa, bassau and mango butters were played were the best substitutes. All our recipes are palm free and we use at least 2 of the "butters" in each recipe. We continue to use botanical coloring only. We never use parabens, SLS, fillers or pthlates. The amendment is now there are two categories of fragrances; essential oils and phtalate free fragrance oils. There are just some fragrances that I don't want to be without; honey, plumeria, honeysuckle, rain, tomato leaf and green fig. We are having a wonderful time and love trying out new soap recipes. Lately we have branched into more luxurious bath and beauty products: all natural bath bombs, luxurious bath salts and coconut milk baths with essential oils. We continue to grow and learn and enjoy making our products just for you.
Who is n.m.boyd?It's is one of those acronyms that has a meaning understood only by the family of origin. It stands for "nebber mide boyd." Translated it says "never mind boy (or girl)." Our father said it often. It was supposed to be the balm, the ultimate elixir for anything that troubled us when we were growing up. It was gender less, as there were 4 boys and 3 girls in the family. No one was excluded from its supposed "band aid" effect. Whatever the unfortunate situation; coming last in an athletic race, stubbing your toe, having to do the dishes again when clearly it was not your turn or not understanding homework, Dad would share comfort or humor with "nebber mide boyd."
When Dad passed away, Mum had it etched on his tombstone. As the soap making evolved, my family discussed what be the perfect business name. My husband suggested n.m. boyd..........and so it is. We lovingly make our products in small batches and some days it all flows harmoniously. In the times when it looks as if the house might burn down, the antidote "n.m. boyd " stamped on our soaps, is the answer for that time. It is our tribal synonym for "que sera sera." As the business has evolved, we changed our name to " Boyd Soaps and Designs" to include our beautiful, skin & body nourishing products that we continue to dream up May you enjoy your bathing rituals with our soaps & products. Our wish is that not only will your body and skin be cleaned & nourished, but that you will also be energized and uplifted. the_text_that_changed