Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rocky Top Soap Shop + Carrot

Tony might just be the nicest guy I've met on the internet yet.  He is generous, humble and wants to learn.  The man has talent.  Tony set off to live in Maine where it's simple and pure.  Just like the soap he creates.  No frills, no perfumes.  I thought at first, "how many soaps can you make if you don't add scent?"  And then, I thought about skin types and ingredients and realized how never ending the possibilities were and then I went to his shop.  Sure enough, he has a selection of soaps filled with incredible ingredients.  Made me really think how much wasn't in my soap.

Some soaps listed in his Etsy shop:

Black Tea, made with (duh) black tea.
Cambrian Blue, made with Cambrian blue clay.
Cucumber Yogurt, made with cucumber puree and yogurt.
Totally Pumpkin (which I am eyeballing right now), which is made with pumpkin seed oil, pumpkin butter and organic pumpkin puree.

Tony and I have been emailing recently.  I couldn't believe when he told me my blog was an inspiration.  I have to say that Tony's soaps have completely inspired me.  Now I don't care so much about making plain soap.  I want ingredients that will DO extra good things.  Purposeful soap.  All of my new soap creations "post-Tony" have had additional treats put into them that will benefit skin, and so, I take my hat off to the Maine Man for the inspiration.  To you, Tony, for coming up with a line of unscented soaps and kicking ASS on Etsy in such a short period of time.  I need a lesson or two from you, sir.  Not the other way around.

Ok, on to telling you about Carrot.  The soap that was sent to me as a gift (thank you!).

This is what Tony sent me.  Yes, he sent me samples of so many little soaps with labels and everything!  I have to tell you... I love Carrot so much.  I have been showering with it for two weeks, and every time I get in the shower, it's the only bar I reach for (I have about 5 in the shower right now).  No smell of carrots, although there is something earthy about the scent.  A beautiful mild scent.  Not like dirt-earthy.  Anyway, the lather, is gorgeous and bubbly with a creaminess too it.  I can tell it has shea butter and castor oil in it.  The fact that it has avocado oil in it doesn't surprise me because avocado oil makes for a luxurious lather and feel on the skin.  I used to soap with it all the time.  Remind me why I stopped?

Showering with Carrot is pure pleasure.  Rocky Top Soap Shop

Thank you, Tony, for breaking off a piece of your Kit Kat bar and allowing me to have some.  -Jo


Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

I've seen his soap on Etsy - I love the idea of natural soap and really like the simple packaging!

Evelina said...

I fell in love with Tony's soaps after the article on etsy. I agree - he is such an inspiration. He reminded me why I got into soapmaking in the first place.

Traci said...

I'm so happy to see that Tony is getting some much deserved recognition. I've been using his soap for about a month and just love it. I've told my friends about him and he is one of my inspirations for adding something 'extra' to my soap.

Celine @ Soaperstar said...

Lovely lovely review... and beautiful soap too.

Cocobong Soaps said...

Isn't his soap great? He's certainly redefined unscented soap and upon my review of his soaps, quite a few readers started rethinking unscented soap. Rocky Top rocks the soap world and in such a pleasant way. Glad you gave a guy soaper some exposure on your blog, Jo

Soapchick said...

I agree with all the comments, I found Tonys site recently and was blown away by his soaps and his presentation, I love his labels. I really, really want to try the yoghurt and Cucumber one, it sounds really yummy. Thanks for this post!

Joanna said...

Sorry folks! I just included a link to Rocky Top.

Amy Warden said...

Unscented?? All of them?? Wow. But you make them sound so amazing! It's true that the one "unscented soap" I make does have its own, well, scent!