Blue Mountain Soapworks is our new friends-and-family business located in Long Bay, Portland, Jamaica, West Indies, at the foot of the spectacular Blue Mountains. If you are discovering Blue Mountain Soapworks for the very first time, be prepared for your skin to fall in love!!
It’s here in Jamaica that we create our handmade soaps & luxurious body delights using the extremely soft and abundant Portland rainwaters along with natural vegetable, fruit and nut oils & butters as the base for our cold process soaps. Many local herbs and spices provide color and texture, while essential oils enhance the aroma of each bar.
Our business began after a lot of reading and research about both the art & science of soap making and the traditional “bush medicines” of Jamaica. Bush medicine first flourished in Jamaica among slaves imported from Africa. It was later developed by the Maroons, a fierce band of runaway slaves whose descendants still live in remote Blue Mountain settlements. The island’s lush landscape and tropical climate is ideal for growing herbs, and today Jamaica is home to more than 300 varieties of medicinal plants!
We think the products you put on your body should be as pure as what you put in it. Our soaps may come in many wonderful hues, but you could say our Natural, Organic soaps are definitely “green”!! We add none of the parabens (things that start with methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl-, isobutyl-) that you’ll find in so many commercial soaps. We use no synthetic or unnatural preservatives or petroleum products in our soaps, and we only test our products on our friends and family, never on animals! With the exception of our Goat’s Milk soaps, all our soaps are also vegan.
We believe in using chemical-free, biodegradable, pure, safe and organic herbs, oils & other products. That is why our first choices are “Certified Organic” products from reliable local and international sources. A “Certified Organic” product means that the producer of the product has followed the guidelines provided by the certifying agency governing the area, whether that be in Jamaica, the U.S. or another country. From the field to the producer to the handler, all parties must be certified in order to be able to call their product truly organic. If it’s not certified, it may not really be organic.
When we can’t get a Certified Organic product, we use oils (or solid butters) and herbs from sources that sensibly wild-harvest their products or, at the very least, grow them without chemicals and pesticides. Wild-harvesting basically means to forage in the wild, taking only what’s necessary, and replanting or reseeding the harvested area. Wild-harvesting helps prevent the over-harvesting that causes our plants to become endangered or extinct. Native peoples had a seven-generation philosophy, meaning they ensured enough plants would be left after harvest to supply the following seven generations.
We are also committed to using “Fair Trade” products whenever possible. “Fair Trade” is a movement of individuals and organizations working to ensure that disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world are getting fair prices for their commodities, even prices that they themselves set. As an example, countless women in West Africa work daily to produce quality organic Shea Butter, yet they receive less than a penny of the final retail value. In fact, the average woman will be paid less than $1.00 for a full days work. “Fair Trade” organizations work diligently to combat this and we support them.
Our soap is prepared in small batches. Each batch is sliced into individual bars and allowed to cure for several weeks. After drying, each bar is examined for quality, labeled, and prepared for sale. Slight variations in size and color can be expected. Our soaps are then minimally wrapped to reduce waste.
Blue Mountain Soapworks’ other products are created with the same care and commitment to quality as our soaps, using natural ingredients and enriching them with essential oils and botanicals that nourish your skin. We hope to add more wonderful body delights as we make progress, so check back here often.
We hope you enjoy using our soaps and body delights as much as we enjoy creating them for you! Customer satisfaction is very important to us. Your suggestions and comments are always welcome.
So, feed your skin and delight your senses today with products from Blue Mountain Soapworks!!