At New Harmony Soap Company we understand that you know the importance of what you put into your body. More and more, people are becoming aware that what we put onto our bodies is important too.
We provide your family what you need to feed your skin a healthier diet. Our soap provides you with a naturally, rich scented soap that feeds your skin the daily nutrition that it needs. Our soap goes beyond natural with our special recipe of infused, botanicals and vitamins that we all need for our skin to feel better.
That’s what we do but who are we and how did we get into this business? Here’s the elevator version of the story…
April 2006 the phone rang and Stephanie’s doctor delivered the news… she 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.
We 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. Jim 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 we knew our 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 Jim’s “day job” at a fast-growing software company allowed us to dream but not act.
For Jim the tipping point occurred during another family vacation. This time at Lameshur Bay Beach in St. John, USVI. There before him was the closest thing to paradise he had ever seen and yet his mind kept drifting to the Roofless Church of New Harmony. Until then no place in the world had ever felt like home to him – but that day he knew our home was in New Harmony. Stephanie agreed. So we prayed and watched God clear the way for this new adventure.
In 2011 the “day job” came to an end when the software company was acquired. Like magic, the doors started to open for our relocation to New Harmony, Indiana and the launch of New Harmony Soap Company.
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 us know what you think of us – and if you have ideas for better skin health I want to hear them.