WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME GRACE FROM COTTON + SAGE SOAP TO OUR FARMSTAND!
Here at Project FarmStand we believe that we simply cannot do it all. Along with reliance on God our mission is to partner with others, functioning as the body of Christ to glorify God through all we do- whether that’s eating or drinking! 1 Corinthians 10:31. We are delighted to welcome Grace from Cotton + Sage Soap and her all natural tallow soap products to our FarmStand.
The Lord led us to Grace’s soaps through social media but it is clear
that His hand was at work even before we started searching for a source of all-natural beef tallow soap. Unknowingly we had met Grace at a homeschool play last year, where we shared similar views on God receiving all the glory through performing arts! After one of the shows I got to meet and talk to Grace’s daughter. Grace was touched by the Holy Spirit when she heard me talk to her daughter and later shared online how God had worked through me. To God be the glory! Homeschool Performing Arts reposted Grace’s testimony so we were able to read it. Seeing her feedback we attempted to contact her but were unsuccessful. Amazingly, six months later we finally connected face to face. One sunny afternoon we set up a meeting to discuss collaborating on her beef tallow soap. We arrived thinking we were strangers but after our first handshake Grace excitedly realized that she knew me! She said, “You were Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.” Then she pulled out the picture she had taken when I met her daughter.
Blessing us with the opportunity to reconnect with her, God has been so kind in allowing us to share Grace’s beautiful beef tallow soaps with others, so that you can partake in even the simplest act of worship; washing your hands, face, and skin. We believe her products fit right in with our high standards of Godly stewardship and product purity. Take a look and see for yourselves!
Meet Grace from Cotton +Sage Soap
Hello, I’m Grace, the founder and owner of Cotton + Sage Soap. I created this business out of a goal I set for myself to learn to make tallow soap for my family. I was intrigued by stories from books like Little House on the Prairie that documented making soap from tallow. I wanted to contribute to wasteless “nose-to-tail” living in the community around me, ensuring also that butchers weren’t just tossing tallow that I could use.
Tallow is growing in the clean skincare industry because of its nourishing properties and its pure quality as a fat. Fat or oil in some form is required in soap-making to saponify with lye so the lye does not chemically burn one’s skin. Most bar soap on the market is made with oils that are rancid even before being purchased. Certain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), like vegetable oils/shortening and palm oil, are considered unstable for shelf life because they oxidize so quickly, so they must go through a bleaching and “refining” process to keep them from going rancid on a shelf before a consumer comes along and purchases it. Animal fats, especially rendered tallow (fat from cows) and lard (fat from pigs), are low on the PUFA scale, meaning they are shelf stable without needing to go through the refining process.
At Cotton + Sage, we purchase tallow straight from a local butcher, choosing the purest part of the fat, the suet tallow around the kidneys of the cow. We then heat this tallow with filtered water and sea salt until the fat has melted and the impurities have disconnected. Everything is then strained through cheesecloth and refrigerated, where the tallow rises to the top of the bowl and hardens, leaving gorgeous white unscented purified tallow, perfect for making soap.
As a business, it is our priority to use only tallow as our fat source for soap, rather than mixing other oils (even organic lower-PUFA oils) to create a fat base. As a result of my own personal history of struggling with fragrances, even essential oils, we’ve chosen to infuse our tallow with whole plants, herbs, and spices, for color and fragrance. We try to source our plants as locally as we can (even picking from our own backyard!) and purchase organic herbs and spices when we cannot source them locally.
Join our family and the dozens around us who have chosen to care as much about the purity of what goes onto our bodies as of what goes into our bodies.
More About Cotton + Sage Soap
Cotton + Sage Soap’s Are Free From:
- Artificial Dyes
- Seed Oils
- Essential Oils
Locally-Sourced Tallow Soap, PUFA-Aware, Free From Harmful Additives, Scented by Nature
Welcome to our world of pure, natural, and locally-crafted soap. Each bar is hand-made with the utmost care and highest standards for earth-friendly, health-conscious cleanliness.
You’re not only indulging in natural luxury, but also joining us in our commitment to a more sustainable and healthier world.
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“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12
” But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” 1 Corinthians 12:18