The Speakeasy

When Prohibition took effect on January 17, 1920, many thousands of formerly legal saloons across the country catering only to men closed down nationwide. People wanting to drink had to buy liquor from licensed druggists for “medicinal” purposes, clergymen for “religious” reasons or illegal sellers known as bootleggers. Another option was to enter private, unlicensed barrooms, nicknamed “speakeasies” for how low you had to speak the “password” to gain entry so as not to be overheard by law enforcement.

The result of Prohibition was a major and permanent shift in American social life. The illicit bars, also referred to as “blind pigs” and “gin joints,” multiplied, especially in urban areas. They ranged from fancy clubs with jazz bands and ballroom dance floors to dingy backrooms, basements and rooms inside apartments. No longer segregated from drinking together, men and women reveled in speakeasies and another Prohibition-created venue, the house party.

What you need to know about soap

We NEVER use animal bi-products in our soap making process....EVER. I personally had a conversation at a craft show with a gentleman who challenged the quality of our soap... He said "So what do you think Proctor and Gamble would think of your soap?" I confidenly and boldly said "they would probably be jealous"... He said "you're probably right." He identified himself as a former employee of Proctor and Gamble. He was a buyer of fat. I asked him where he acquired this fat... he said he would drive to all the slaughter houses in the area, gather up the fat, and sell it to Proctor and Gamble to make their soap.

This may shock you... See what may be in your skin care products

It's shocking that major companies can use these animal bi-products and get a pat on the back for "recycling". We would rather use high quality ingredients and know that our customers are using quality products at a great price and they're wonderful for their skin.

We don't use chemicals in our soap. Quick...run to your cabinet and pull out a bar of "soap" that's still in the wrapper. Check the ingredients. Now, key some of the chemical names into a search engine to see what you've been putting on your skin. Your skin is the largest organ on your body with thousands upon thousands of pores. While bathing and/or showering, (especially when you're in a hot tub or shower), your pores open, soap enters the pores and when you get out, the pores begin to close as your body cools down. You are entrapping these unhealthy chemicals in your skin. Major soap manufacturers, yes, including Dove's "beauty bar", use different chemicals for just about everything. If they want a bar with more lather, they add a chemical. If they want a harder bar, they add another chemical. If they want it to be creamy, they add yet another chemical. And the whole time they are adding all these chemicals, they are removing glycerin. Glycerin is a natural product produced during the soap making process. It is a humectant which is intensely hygroscopic (water-loving) and therefore absorbs water to the skin. This keeps your skin from becoming dry and itchy. So why are they removing this skin loving glycerin? Because they sell it to companies that use it in creams and lotions....these are the same lotions you will need to put on your skin to keep it from feeling dry and itchy.

Hops in Beer Soap

All beer is made from a complex blend of oats, barley, malt and wheat. Each brand of beer has a different combination of these grains, which are rich in vitamins and minerals and promote healthy skin. Hops are the major component for brewing beer. They are a rich source of flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants. They are also known to be antimicrobial which is the killing of microorganisms or suppressing their multiplication or growth. Hops are wonderful herbs which have many benefits as well as relaxing properties to them. They have Amino Acids which are skin softening. Hops have polyphenols and act as an anti-bacterial and contain amino acids which is skin softening. They are soothing to irritated skin and is highly conditioning.

Flavonoids in Wine Soap

Flavonoids are a special class of second metabolites that help to protect plants from environmental stress. Cosmetically, uses of flavonoids extraction in skin care products are renowned for equipping topical formulations with skin protecting properties. Derived from plants, flavonoids contain high concentrations of antioxidants that help to neutralize free-radicals present in the environment. As a result, skin care products that include flavonoids are capable of contributing towards maintaining the skin's overall quality and appearance.