Amanda also makes pure Vegetable soaps that are great for the skin, lather well and last a long time. She says the possibilities are endless, allowing for creativity and evolution to happen, “so I can't imagine myself ever not making soap. I love making soap. I have fun with the whole process, and I really enjoy using the final product. I also really enjoy making the lip balms and salves and solid perfumes. I feel like an alchemist with all of my bottles of essential oils, carrier oils and equipment.”
When not creating skin products, Amanda and her husband run a farm called “Rainbow Terrace Greenhouse and Garden”. They grow perennials, annuals, vegetable plants and chemical-free garden produce. “We grow varieties of excellent garlic available by the bulb, pound or bundle.”
In the winter work on the farm and in the garden slows down and I get a chance to play with things and experiment. That is definitely when I will just follow a whim and create when the ideas strike.”
Amanda’s headache erasers are amongst her best selling products. “I make Lavender with peppermint and frankincense with peppermint. Apply to temples, back of neck, jaw (clenching) or anywhere that hurts, and wrists. Close eyes and inhale aroma for 10 minutes.”
When asked what memorable responses she has had her work, Amanda said, “I have had memories of the 1960's recounted to me after one whiff of my Patchouli Solid Perfume by more than a few people. I sold a lady four bars of soap one weekend at the farmers market. She came back and bought out all of the stock I had with me to give to all of her family at a reunion. I have had more than one person come back and tell me that at first they were dubious about the animal fats in the soaps and were almost determined not to like it, but after giving it a try and liking it so much they had to get some more. I am often met with enthusiastic responses from repeat customers about how long my soap lasts, and how much they enjoy it.”
Amanda sells my products at the Campbellford Farmers Market at my farm stall, Rainbow Terrace Greenhouse and Garden. She is happy to talk about special orders for weddings, party favors or other requests.
“I like that I make something that I use every day. I also like that I provide a more natural option for people trying to avoid petroleum products, artificial colourants and fragrances or harsh chemicals. Living as locally as possible is the best way for each of us to make a real difference in the world.”
Meet her at 30 Craft Market on November 28 and 29 (10:30 – 4) at the Peterborough Public Library!