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Where did the name Cinnamon Ridge come from?
We are located in the foothills of western North Carolina near the banks of the Catawba River. From nearly everywhere in our area, it is possible to see our beautiful mountains just to the west of us. Autumn is one of our favorite seasons of the year. As North Carolinians, during the fall season, we love the colors that come with the changing of the leaves and wanted to name our company in regards to the places and time of the year that is meaningful and special to us as a family.
What are the ingredients in your soap?
Cinnamon Ridge Soap Company uses all-natural oils and fragrance oils in making our soaps. Most of our soaps are 100% vegan and the majority include hemp seed oil. We still produce a few classic soaps that are made with lard. All vegan soaps are identified in the description.
The major ingredients in our recipes include coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, castor oil, hemp oil, and sunflower oil. In addition to these items, we use water and lye. Please visit our ingredients page to read a specific description of each and their properties.
How do you make your soap?
Our ingredients are mixed in small batches and hand-poured into molds. We use a cold-process method for making all our soaps. Once we complete this process, we hand cut each bar and allow the soap to dry and cure. Once this process is completed, we package our soap and send to you for your enjoyment.
Do you use your own soap?
You betcha. We use it daily and we have our favorites just the same as our customers do. We are hesitant to share our favorites so as not to bias our customers with their purchases. You have to read the descriptions and make those choices for yourself. We use our soaps on both our skin and hair.
How are Cinnamon Ridge Soaps different from store-bought or commercially produced soaps?
Our soaps are made in the old-fashioned way of mixing all-natural oils with water and lye. We use a cold process method that allows the soap to reach perfection and cure over a period of time. Our soaps, unlike commercial soaps, do not contain preservatives, parabens, or petroleum products of any kind. Our soaps are environmentally friendly due to being made from all-natural products.
Where is Cinnamon Ridge Soap Company located?
We are located in the foothills of western North Carolina near the banks of the Catawba River. Our shop is located in the small town of Catawba. We border the Appalachian Mountains to the west. Folks from this area have a long history of craftsmanship and truly appreciate things that are simple and natural.
Do you have a storefront?
At this time we do not have a formal storefront shop. It is our goal to eventually establish on. For our local customers, we do deliver and have folks come to the shop to buy soap. For those folks located in our area, please give us a call or send us an email and we are happy to serve you.
How big is a bar of your soap?
We cut our bars by hand and they may vary slightly in weight. Bars average to be 1.25 inches thick by 3.25 inches tall x 3 inches wide (approximate box size). Most bars will weigh more than 5 ounces. We put 5 ounces on our box, however, we cut our bars thick and heavy so as to not short our customers.
Our goat milk soaps are 4.5 ounces and measure to be 3.25 inches tall x 3 inches wide and 1 inch thick (approximate box size).
How do you package your soap?
We place most of our soaps in boxes with an open window of some shape. We like boxes because they protect your bar. The window on the box allows our customers to find the scent of their choice or share it with others.
How does shipping work?
All orders ship via USPS First Class/Priority Mail with tracking. When a product is shipped, a shipping confirmation will be sent and tracking information will be available. If you need special delivery or rush delivery, just let us know and we will do our best to expedite the order. Additional shipping costs may be required in these situations.
Do you offer a subscription?
Yes. Sign up on the home page with your email to get messages on special offers.
What attention should I give to my soap?
Our natural soaps do require some (minimal) attention versus commercial soaps.
Handmade soaps have a high glycerin content which attracts water, which makes our soap so great. In between uses, allow the soap to dry. In the shower, we recommend placing our soap on a wire rack or shower caddy. If using a soap dish, be sure the dish allows drainage. Don’t leave our soap sitting in water, or flat on a wet surface – it will get messy and break down quickly.
For the same reason, store any unused soaps in a dry and cool place until you use them.
And – since they don’t have any preservatives or chemicals – use them within one year for best results.
How long does your soap last?
It all depends on how often – and how long – you tend to use it. Generally, we have found that with typical use of showering once a day, each bar lasts somewhere between two to three weeks. Again, be sure to let it dry between uses – that will help to extend its life.
Who is Fat Ike?
Ike was a nickname some of my buddies called me in high school and college. When exploring names for our line of goat milk soaps, we as a family settled on Fat Ike’s as the brand name. Combined in a picture of the real owner in a straw hat, flannel shirt, beard, sunglasses, and overalls. Fat Ike’s Goat Milk Soap came into existence.
Tell me about your goat milk soaps?
Goat milk is great for sensitive skin and helps to remove those dead skin cells that our body naturally creates. Our goat milk soaps contain heavy amounts of organic goat milk. We do not milk our own goats, however, we do purchase high-quality milk. Many of our goat milk soaps may be a variety of colors. We sometimes use small amounts of mica and charcoal to provide these beautiful accents. These are all-natural ingredients and provide no harm to your skin or hair. We recommend using these bars as shampoo and body bars. We also have combined hemp oil in our goat milk soaps. Combined with the other ingredients, we have created an excellent if not perfect soap.