October 01, 2013

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Our Story

Handcrafted Soap has always been a passion of mine - stopping at boutiques wherever I traveled to smell and buy locally-crafted soaps.  My family and friends know handmade soap is a perfect gift for me - I love that it's locally made, it supports small businesses, and it's a consumable gift with minimal waste!  When I was engaged to be married, I kept thinking of what I could make for my guests as a special touch, and of course it had to be soap!  

Thus began my journey to discover the art and science of soap making - learning about how soap is made, how sodium hydroxide interacts with various oils to create various size bubbles, different types of lather and even different levels of cleaning and conditioning!  It's been such a fun journey to make my perfect formulations, and I hope you enjoy as well!

When I didn't have (or make) handmade soap, I used to use Dove bars and my husband, Kris, used Irish Springs.  About 7 months into my soap making hobby, Kris decided to go back to Irish Springs for his shower.  After he finished his first shower with the commercial soap, he came out and complained about his skin being so itchy - was our water bad?  I knew I was on to something when simply changing his soap from my skin-friendly soap to his old Irish Springs made such a noticeable difference for him!

It's an amazing thing that soap can be as simple as water, sodium hydroxide, and oil.  Each soap on this website is a labor of love, hand-made in Minnesota!  Even the soap dishes are hand-made locally (by my mom!).

 

But Where Did the Name Come From?

Meet Hannah and Hobbes:

This picture perfectly captures their personalities and relationship.  Hannah is my original Yorkie.  She's been with me for 8 years and has been such an experience - stubborn, smart, friendly, quiet, misbehaved, and snuggly.  She loves people and tolerates Hobbes.

Hannah Banana is our Chief Fragrance Sniffer and Toy Fetcher.  She loves treats, licking the air, and going for long runs - she can run 5 miles!

Hobbes' full name is Milton Hobbes and he has been with us for 5 years.  He follows me everywhere!  He's soft and snuggly and does Ewok impersonations for us :)  

Hobbes is the Director of Soap Investigating and he keeps me on track during the day by his constant presence.  When he is not underfoot, he spends his days laying in sunbeams or following Hannah around, trying to be friends.

 

The Rest of the Team:

Chrissy:  Owner of Hannah & Hobbes.  Also head accountant, chief formulator, main dog-petter, lead purchaser of both soap supplies and dog food, master dish washer, and head of soap production. 

Kris:  Ever-supportive Sales & Marketing Director.  Kris also wears these hats: dog-feeder, errand-runner, gloomy day brightener, bath salts designer, and soap pouring and packaging assistant.  Without him, Hannah & Hobbes would not be possible!

October Highlights Newsletter

October Highlights!



A Grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween.
- Erma Bombeck



Here at Hannah & Hobbes, LLC, we hope you have a spooky October, with no tricks and plenty of treats!

We are adding new products throughout the fall, so be sure to stop at our online store and check out the New! Collection for the latest and greatest soaps!  


Black Raspberry Vanilla Salt Bars!

Salt bars and Black Raspberry Vanilla scent go together like pumpkins and Halloween - our newest Pink Himalayan Salt bar scent is now available in our online store!  We've added Purple Brazilian Clay for a touch of purple, and we're really excited about this new bar!  These bars are scrubby for feet, but the lather is gentle enough to be used on faces.


SKOL!  Vikings Soap is Here!


For all you Vikings fans, we have designed a soap inspired by the Vikings, and it is now available in our online store!  It is scented with a fragrance blend that smells like warm oatmeal, creamy milk, and honey - this soap is a crowd favorite!


Packers - Inspired SoapPackers - Inspired Soap Now Available

Our playful take on the Green Bay Packers is now available in our online store!  The scent of this soap is described as a mix of zesty lemongrass and fruity pineapple - with middle notes of lily of the valley and peach to temper the citrus, the blend ends beautifully in a smooth finish of coconut and sandalwood.  The top of the soap is finished with sparkly gold mica so it is as shimmery as Aaron Rodgers' Discount Double-Check belt :) 



Where to find us this holiday season


Looking for places to do your holiday shopping?  Come check us out at these craft fairs below!  

  • 2nd Annual Unique Boutique - Nov 1-3, 8-10, 15-17.  This boutique is sponsored by HOPE, a 35-year adoption agency serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin helping children find their "forever" families.  The location of this boutique will be announced in October, but it should be just outside of Stillwater, MN.  
  • Craft and Vendor Boutique - Nov 16, 2013.  This boutique is sponsored by the MOMs club of Coon Rapids (Mothers of Multiples).  We will be there in person selling our soaps, so come check us out between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Evangelical Free Church located at 2650 128th Ave NW Coon Rapids, MN 55448.
  • Toys for Tots & Pets in Need - Dec 4 - 4:30 - 9pm.  We're really excited to be at this boutique this year, and one of the sponsors is Muddy Paws Cheesecake, so not only will there be great crafts and artisan gifts, but there will be lots of cheesecake!  Who doesn't love cheesecake?
As we add more holiday shows and boutiques, we will continue to update our website.  Hope to see you there!

Have a great October, and enjoy the gorgeous fall colors!


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