After a rather long and silent hiatus, I’m back from traveling and am settled in my Detroit loft with husband and fur baby Cleo. I think it would be fun to say hello again with a really fun giveaway and introduce (or re-introduce for past Vegan Presence subscribers) a really unique company I adore!
Hart + Hawthorn (formerly Paper Street Laboratories featured in one of the Vegan Presence packages) is a small company consisting of 2 really talented guys, Patrick and Yu, who specialize in unique, beautiful, hand-crafted, luxurious soaps, grooming products for men and other curiosities!
Vegan Presence subscribers had the chance to try some of my favorite vegan Hart + Hawthorn products: the Himalayan salt soap scrub in grapefruit eucalyptus, Type V Raw sugar soap scrub in warm vanilla, Avocado Wheatgrass soap putty in lime and ginger grass scent, and charcoal soap putty in night-bloom jasmine or ferrum (vanilla birch) scents!
Hart + Hawthorn soaps are truly the coolest, most beautiful looking soaps that not only keep your skin nourished and clean, but look really cool in your bathroom. I really love how gender neutral these products are. This is one of the few lines where my husband and I can indulge in the products together. My favorite of the bar soaps is No. 24 Impetus, a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing mix of wheatgrass, pumice and charcoal featured below.
My husband’s fave is No. 206 Carbon Based with activated charcoal. He loves the scrubby texture.
Do you want to try Hart + Hawthorn?
Hart + Hawthorn are generously giving away an introductory Hart + Hawthorn Microcosm Set featured here to 2 winners!! Each set will include a 3.5 oz soy candle, a 2 oz jar of scrub, 2 half bars of soap, and a beard/hair tonic (or another substituted product) for two winners!! You choose the soaps and scents! After the interview we will tell you how you can win!
Andrea: Please introduce and tell us about your company and why was Hart + Hawthorn created?
H+H: Hart + Hawthorn is a small company that features handcrafted cold-process soaps, candles, salts and men’s care products made in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. We use a variety of botanical oils, clays, salts and plants to create products that soothe the body and warm the home. We started Hart + Hawthorn after purchasing a bar of handcrafted soap. The natural soap was so much better than what we’ve been using; we had to start making our own. Less than a year later we opened our shop, Paper Street Laboratories.
Andrea: What prompted the name change of Paper Street Laboratories to Hart + Hawthorn?
H+H: We had to change our name for legal reasons. Fight Club was one of our favorite movies and we were very disappointed when the name Paper Street had already been taken by another soap and candle company.
Andrea: I love Fight Club, the book and the movie! What is your bestselling Hart + Hawthorn vegan product?
H+H: Our bestselling vegan product is our Midnight Oil soap putty.
It comes in a variety of scents and the activated charcoal adds a gentle clean!
Andrea: I can see why that’s popular, I have it in my shower as we speak! What is your favorite Hart + Hawthorn vegan product?
H+H: Our new favorite product is the shaving soap we are working on. These soaps are much like our natural soaps, but use clay to create a smooth lather and condition the skin.
Andrea: What is your background in creating skin care and home products?
H+H: We knew nearly nothing about soaps and candles a couple years ago. Since then, we’ve been researching, reading and making samples non-stop. Much of what we know comes from old fashioned trial and error and testing on ourselves and family.
Andrea: Your packaging design and soaps are visually stunning, what inspires you?
H+H: We love the way that natural soap is reminiscent of both the old and modern worlds. We are constantly inspired by vintage chemistry, old dictionary pages, alchemy symbols, antique science and the ingredients themselves.
Andrea: What makes your soaps different from other handcrafted soaps?
H+H: For us, the soaping process usually starts with a word or a feeling. We try to recreate that sense and soul through smell, color and texture. Each of our products ends up having their own unique story, use and place in the home.
Andrea: There you have it and if you are looking for something a bit more geeky, check out Yu’s other shop pharafax:
Now if you want to try Hart + Hawthorn or are already a fan but want to add to your collection, you can be one of 2 winners who will receive an introductory Hart + Hawthorn Microcosm Set featured here !!
Click on the link below to enter by August 21, 2014. Don’t forget to tell us what your favorite Hart + Hawthorn product is or what Hart + Hawthorn vegan product you want to try.
If you can’t wait to win, you always have the option to use coupon code VEGAN for 15% off any order at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HartandHawthorn
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