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North Country Soapworks - home to the best all-natural handmade body products. No artificial flavors, no artificial scents, no artificial colors. Never anything artificial and never tested on animals. Artisan soaps, sea salt spa bars, delicious lip balms, skin loving body butter, scrubs and soaks. Your skin will love you.

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Welcome to the Vermont Cowgirl blog where you'll live life in Vermont through the lens of our camera, get sneak peeks of new all-natural products, behind the scenes peeks and much, much more.

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Sunshine in a jar - meet the first of our vegan body butters: Citrus Kick

Katrin Mooney

Sunshine in a Jar!

As much as I love our Chocolate Body Butter, I was definitely missing something light and refreshing for summer. Enter: Citrus Kick!

Our Citrus Kick Body Butter is the perfect body butter for summer skin. With its unique citrus-y scent, it is super refreshing with just a hint of basil for an incredibly well balanced and delicious aroma. If opening that jar of summer-y goodness won't put a smile onto your face, I'm not sure what will. :-)

To top it off: our Citrus Kick is also completely and 100% vegan, absolutely cruelty free and has not been tested on animals.

A little dab will definitely do it so the 4 ounce jar goes a long way. Unlike commercial lotions, our all natural body butters contain no alcohol (which can cause dry and flaky skin), no preservatives and they are EDTA, BHT, paraben and synthetic crap free!

What they do contain though is a power punch of skin loving ingredients. We combined five ultra-hydrating & moisturizing ingredients (fair trade organic Shea butter, organic cocoa butter, mango butter, macadamia nut oil, sweet almond oil) to make a decadent moisturizer that melts into your skin. To make it super light and non-greasy, it also contains a dash of organic arrowroot powder. 

Our amazing body butters are handmade in small batches right here in Vermont on demand to ensure freshness.

Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (organic Shea) Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (organic Cocoa) Seed Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Maranta Arundinacea Root (organic arrowroot powder), Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Essential Oil, Citrus limon (Lemon) Essential Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil

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Super stoked! The new packaging is here.

Katrin Mooney

We're super stoked. For a couple of reasons.

We just finished the final design of our new soap packaging. Woot. We had previously used cigar bands but it looked never quite professional enough but at the same time, we didn't want to contribute to the landfill by adding unnecessary packaging either.

The solution: Recycled craft boxes. Custom labels that still showcase our soap but make the easy to store, easy to display and easy to sell. Added bonus: we get to include a better product description on the package and the full list of ingredients on the back. 

Secondly, we just completed our first private label order. Stop on by the 33 Foundry Street Gym in Morrisville, VT to pick up a bar of our post-workout-sweat-smell  busting sea salt soaps:

Happy first week of May!

New custom lip balms

Katrin Mooney

A special lip balm for a very special wedding coordinator: Jay Peak's event & wedding planner extraordinaire: Amanda. It's always so much fun to design a custom lip balm/business card for other local Vermont businesses and vendors alike. Go Vermont!

We've been using Vermont Cowgirl lip balms in lieu of business cards since the dawn of time (almost!) because people will remember the lip balm much more that just a regular old business card "Aren't you the guys with the lip balms?". Yep, that's us. Vermont Cowgirl with the custom lip balms.

Let us know what design you'd like to see on your custom designed lip balm - we're always excited to see what cool ideas our customers come up with.

Happy Monday and enjoy the snow before Mud Season hits us with a vengeance. :-)

Kat - Vermont Cowgirl

 

All-natural body products - what does that even mean?

Katrin Mooney

We use the term "all natural" a lot here at Vermont Cowgirl.

As it turns out, the term "all natural" is not protected in any which way, shape or form. Anybody can slap the term "all natural" onto any product and they wouldn't be in any violation of the law. Ethically, it's a crappy thing to do but legally ... it's apparently perfectly fine. Theoretically, I could offer an "all natural" body butter chock-full of artificial ingredients and plenty of people actually do just that. Just because something says "all natural" doesn't mean it's actually "all natural".

When we use the term "all natural" here at Vermont Cowgirl, we guarantee that our products never contain any of the following:

  • artificial flavors
  • artificial colorants
  • bisphenal-a
  • parabens
  • mineral oils
  • petrolatum
  • synthetic dyes
  • triclosan
  • phthalates
  • formaldehyde
  • sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
  • sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

... and so much more. This is our promise to you. All natural to us really means "all natural". No artificial crap. Period.

Our oils are carefully infused with organic herbs for color and scent and we then use these "colored oils" in our lip balms, body butters and soaps for a true, all natural color. We also frequently use clays to impart color.

While I would love to claim that none of our products are tested on animals, that claim went out the window after Jake ate a jar of body butter and Shelly later took a bite out of a bar of sulphur soap (imagine a dog who is burping and farting sulphur for the better part of the weekend). We will, however, say that all products are tested on humans first before they're ever tested on animals. :-)

If you have any questions about any of our products, just give us a holler in the comments.

Have a great weekend!

Vermont Cowgirl

Our all natural, vegan Winter Woods Body Butter is back! Limited time only.

Katrin Mooney

Each year, our customers ask us "When is your Winter Woods Body Butter coming back". It's exciting to hear because we love this amazing and smoothing body butter oh so much. If it were a drink, we'd sip it by the fireplace. But alas, all we can do is slather it across our bodies when it's too cold to go outside.

A walk in Vermont's winter woods - that's the smell of our limited edition Vermont Winter Woods Body Butter. We've combined luxurious skin loving oils and butters with the finest essential oils for a truly one-of-a-kind body butter that feels like a mini spa treatment. Let the subtle scents of fir needle, cedarwood, orange and tangerine take you into Vermont's winter woods.

Each batch of body butter is made from scratch right here in the heart of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. We only use the finest all natural ingredients in our body butters, organic whenever possible and never any synthetic ingredients. No artificial colors, flavors, stabilizers ... just plain good ingredients.

This body butter will only be available until the end of February 2017 and will be back at the beginning of December next year.

Ingredients: organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, mango butter. macadamia nut oil, sweet almond oil, sweet orange, tangerine, fir needle and cedarwood essential oils.

Rough & Tumble - our Sea Salt Spa Soap Bars

Katrin Mooney

Our lovely handmade and all natural sea salt soap bars don't start out as smooth as the one shown here. Nor do they reveal their intricate design right away. To get your sea salt soap bar to the same smoothness level as my favorite Green Mountain Mojito Sea Salt Bar (with Lime & Spearmint essential oils), it's best if you wash your hands with it a couple of times before using it on your body or face.

 Smooth Salt Bar after a couple of uses

Smooth Salt Bar after a couple of uses

Our sea salt bars are poured into a large slab mold and cure to a rock hard bar super overnight. Beveling is next to impossible so they start off a bit rough around the edges. Literally. :-)

The first time I used one of these "fresh" bars in the shower (in my giddy excitement to give one of the newly made bars a test run), I was reminded very quickly that you definitely do want to pre-wash them a couple of times to get a super smooth and slightly exfoliating salt bar.

Even with my driest of dry skins, I use this daily as a facial bar and I'm super happy with my clear skin. Happy Suds!

Say "hello" to our skin loving Activated Charcoal Sea Salt Soap Spa Bar!

Katrin Mooney

Our Sea Salt Soaps have been flying out the door over the last couple of days and we couldn't be any more excited if we tried. They're awesome soaps!

A crowd pleaser with kids and grown-ups alike. This "Lump of Coal" is an Activated Charcoal Sea Salt Soap that just draws impurities from the skin. Rich in minerals from Mediterranean Sea Salts & Himalayan Salts and superfatted with only the most skin loving oils. This salt soap will leave you invigorated, refreshed and in love with your smooth and glowing skin.

As per FDA guidelines, we can’t make any medical claims so we won’t tell you that this spa bar will not just cleanse but also revitalize dry skin or clear acne while moisturizing your skin. It also won't hand you a gently pre-warmed towel the moment you step out of the shower.

What we can tell you, however, is that our sea salt spa bar will clean your skin without drying it out. As all of our other Vermont Cowgirl soaps, it is handcrafted from scratch using our own recipes, right here in the heart of Vermont without any artificial flavors or fragrances – simply plain good ingredients; certified organic whenever possible.

Some folks believe sea salt bars to be drying and abrasive but they’re far from it. They start out rough and tumble but after the first couple of uses, it will turn into a smooth and polished rock. Think of it more of a “skin polisher” than an exfoliating bar – it’s just that smooth.

Ingredients: Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carbon (activated charcoal), Sodium Sodium Chloride (Hawaiian Black Sea Salt & Sonoma) Aqua, Sodium Hydroxide*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pimpinella Anisum (Anise) Seed Extract.