A soapmaker's taleIt is a simple story. Nearly 10 years ago I purchased a handmade soap bar in Oregon. That’s all it took. I instantly loved the texture and the way my skin felt after a bath. The curiosity of this soap bar set me on a mission to explore soap making. I devoured all the books I could find. The kitchen was bursting with oils, pots, ingredients I had never heard of, marginal soap batches and aromas. I passionately learned the craft, scouring the internet for answers. Beginner’s luck empowered the quest. Often the reward was a product that somewhat looked like soap. This balanced out the messy, disastrous batches. As it takes 4-6 weeks for most soaps to cure, I cultivated much patience. I reluctantly shared the better looking soap as gifts. Boyd Soaps and Designs was established on the day when people started asking for more bars.
Our mission is simple. To use only nature’s finest ingredients. Shea butter, mango butter, olive oil, coconut oil , avocado oil, rice bran oil & castor oil are added. We use organic when possible. Additives may include aloe vera, honey, kaolin clay, coconut milk, beer, herb or flower infused oils, salt, tea, carrots, avocado or pumpkin. Palm oil, parabens, SLS, phthalates or fillers are never used in our products. Our soap coloring story is told by botanicals and natural ingredients; plants, clays and seeds. Boyd Soaps and Designs has 2 categories of soaps which are determined by the fragrance. The “all natural ,palm free soaps” have essential oils only added. Our “luxurious, palm free soaps” are scented with phthalate free fragrance oils. We decided that some moments are just made better with the smell of honey, frangipani, rain, tomato leaf or maybe a fresh pear. We continue to grow, learn and laugh. In addition to soap making we now enjoy making all natural bath products; bath bombs, bath salts & coconut milk baths.
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