There are few places I can think of where I can step into a space and feel relaxed and refreshed instantly. At SallyeAnder the variety of soaps they make each day fills the air with scents of mint, lavender, and other natural sweet aromas tugging on your senses, waking them up. The feeling makes you want to breathe deeply.
As you enter the production room you can hear the rhythmic sounds of oils being poured, ingredients being blended, and bars being sliced. The process of watching these soap makers as they transition from one step to the other is as captivating as the scent of the soap they are making.
While the space in which they create their soaps is intriguing to the senses the story behind which it all began is truly inspiring. We had the chance to catch up with Sallie who has grown up with these soaps throughout her lifetime and is now continuing to help her families soap business grow!
Here are a few questions we asked about SallyeAnder soaps and what they are all about:
When and where did SallyeAnder start?
My father started making soap in Rochester, NY, in 1982. SallyeAnder grew from there- but my dad didn’t quit his job and jump full force until we moved to Minetto in 1986- which was where my parents ran the business for 30 years.
What sparked the start of soap making in your family?
My parents have always lived a natural lifestyle,even before my dad made soap, my mother would make her own candles, pasta, dried fruits, herbs. My father is a dedicated pastry chef and botanist. At our home in Minetto we have over 1000 plants in our .50 acre backyard. He has a green house here in Beacon in a tiny apartment with at least 70 plants. He loves to plant, protect, nurture and grow. It was fate though that my older brother was born environmentally ill ( severe skin issues). My father immediately went to the library to figure out how he could heal Aaron. He read the history of making soap and how most people do it versus what is actually in the grocery store labeled ‘soap’. All ‘soap’ products on the shelf are detergents, not soap.( Okay rant sorry) A lightbulb went off in my fathers mind, and he developed his own extremely safe and natural way to make soap using the ingredients (plants) he grew.
What are some unique facts about your soaps/products?
Every ingredient we put into the soap is edible- the soap won’t necessarily taste good, but it will not harm the inside of your body or the outside. We recycle all of our soap scraps into our best selling soap “Hogwash”. Our soaps last ten times longer than most natural soaps because of the way we make our soaps and the strong base we use.
Where can someone purchase your product?
Locally we are in Adams Fair acre Farms, Beacon Pantry, Hudson Glass, Archipelago in Cold Spring, and we are at the Beacon Farmers.
That day they were filling tons of jars with their no-bite-me cream which is a preventative and after bite cream for black flies, mosquitos, ticks and fleas.
Sallie explained it as one of the best stain removers as well a great gardeners and mechanic scrub. It has cornmeal in it from Pennsylvania as well as olive oil and a few other ingredients to help remove tough dirt and oil all while keeping your hands moisturized.
Be sure to pick up some SallyeAnder products in your local shop (find a stockist here!) or online here :
Thank you again Sallie for the tour.