Looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day? How about a unique gift to give to your child’s teacher? Here is a wonderful hand made product that will appeal to many. Treefort Naturals is a Colchester, Connecticut based business that offers the loveliest soaps scrubs, lotions, and gift baskets made out of all organic and vegetarian materials. Here’s a little Q&A with Jessica of Treefort Natural’s.
How did you get started with your company? How did you come up with your name, Treefort Naturals?
I started making soap as part of a lifestyle overhaul. Partly driven by a need to save money, I found ways to make my own things…laundry detergent, bread, household cleaners, soap, etc.. As I researched & experimented, I realized how much better these simple homemade recipes were for my family and the environment. I became an avid label reader and was pretty horrified by the ingredients in everyday commercial products. At the same time I also became completely obsessed with making soap! When I had made more than I could ever possibly use or give away, I thought it might be a good idea to try to sell a few bars. The name “Treefort” seemed to fit just right and reflect my style and mission. To me, the pure and simple goodness of the “wonder of the woods” embodied what I wanted my little company to be all about.
Tell us about your products and how they are made.
All of my products are made from scratch with 100% natural & vegetarian ingredients. Organic & local ingredients are a top priority and are used as much as possible. Soap is made the old fashioned way with the cold process method and cured for a minumum of 4 weeks. You will never find fragrance, dyes or preservatives in any of my products.
I’ve read that people use your soaps for gift ideas. Please share (i.e. wedding favors, teacher gifts, etc)
Handcrafted soap, balms and scrubs make great gifts…I know I love receiving this kind of stuff! I love putting together custom gift sets whether for a teacher gift or a wedding gift or anything in between. I also offer custom soap favors for weddings, showers or parties. Examples of gift sets and favors can be seen on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/
Is your company involved in local charities? How do you give back to the community?
I do participate in local vendor events that support various charities, in addition to donating soap to local shelters. I also donate regularly to Clean the World (www.cleantheworld.org), an organization that provides soap to poverty striken areas around the world. The efforts of this organization saves lives every day by providing an opportunity for basic hygiene to those who might otherwise die from disease.
Where can we find your products for purchase?
My products can be purchased through my etsy shop at: www.treefortnaturals.com. They are also available at the Colcheser Farmers’ Market (Colchester, CT – June thru October).