"...our commitment is to create innovative, whole, natural soaps
and skin health products... The mission is healthy, youthful, and
self-rejuvenating skin from head to toe."
April 2006 the phone rang and my wife's doctor delivered the news... Stephanie has breast cancer. Without warning life and plans are turned upside down. Once through the shock we canceled plans to celebrate our upcoming twentieth wedding anniversary in Tahiti and opted to get away someplace close for a romantic weekend. My job was to find a replacement for Tahiti... Right!
I stumbled upon a small ad for New Harmony in the back of a travel magazine. We knew almost nothing about the place except that it had been a site of some early American utopian experiments. In the middle of our situation“utopia” sounded really good so we packed a bag. What we discovered captured our imaginations but given our circumstances at the time the only dream we could have was going home and winning Stephanie's battle.
After 13 months of chemotherapy, radiation and recovery our whole family was in need of a break so we took an old-fashion road trip vacation through upstate New York and New England. One beautiful mid-June day in Vermont we came across a soap maker's shop. I was intrigued by the soap making process and the health benefit claims of soap made from whole, natural ingredients.
One thing led to another and the next thing I knew my basement became a soap making laboratory. Saturdays were often spent at local Farmer's Markets selling our soap and learning what customers needed for their skin care. This was all quite gratifying but the reality of my “day job” didn't allow me to think much about it. The demands as a vice president in a fast growing global software company had a way of taking priority.
The tipping point occurred at Lameshur Bay Beach in St. John, USVI. There before me was the closest thing to paradise I had ever seen and yet my mind kept drifting to the Roofless Church of New Harmony. Until then no place in the world had ever felt like home to me – but that day I knew my home was in New Harmony. So we prayed and watched God clear the way for this new adventure – New Harmony Soap Company.
At New Harmony Soap Company our commitment is to create innovative, whole, natural soaps and skin health products. We believe every time you wash your hands, clean your face, take a shower, or soak in a bath you have an opportunity to feed, nurture and protect your hard-working skin cells. The mission is healthy, youthful, and self-rejuvenating skin from head to toe.
Our journey – like yours – is far from complete. We're excited to see what tomorrow brings and we hope it includes you. Thank you for your interest in our company and products. Please let me know what you think of us – and if you have ideas for better skin health I want to hear them.