|Mom & Baby Goatie — Mendon, Utah, 1993|
Also, I ❤ companies that reach out and share their profits in ways that provide help where help is needed.
In addition, I ❤ hand-crafted items. And, I ❤ the local growers movement and support local cottage industries.
Finally, I ❤ goats, especially cute, little baby goats like the week-old kid in this photo taken at a farm owned one of Heidi's friends in Utah. They are munching on weeds from the garden out of a wheelbarrow. Weed-eating goats would be a lot more useful than my grass-snarfing cats who like to throw up in the house.
The Spirit Goat is located in Nibley, Utah, and their artisan soaps & lotions are sold all over the U.S. by various retail distributors (the list is on their website). What is cool about this company is that they help support a local family crisis center in Cache County, plus they support fair trade practices by purchasing all of the shea butter used in their products from women's cooperatives in West and Central African villages. $1 from the sale of each 8 oz. bottle of Creamy Milk Lotion goes to the Cache County Children's Justice Center, and they have a tiered give-back program based on donation levels. Pretty neat!
|Lemongrass & Sage Creamy Milk Lotion|
Heidi also gave me 2 bars of bath soap from the Regional Suds collection—Wasatch Mountain Rain ($4.50 per bar) and Great Salt Lake Scrub Bar ($3 per bar). In keeping with my Great Salt Lake bath theme, I am partial to the salt scrub bar. It agrees with my skin and makes me feel like I just stepped out of a spa treatment. My denim-colored bath bar of Wasatch Mountain Rain turned my wash cloth blue, but it rinsed out, and it smells like clothes that have been dried on the clothesline.
Check out their line of men's products (sandalwood reminds me of college days in Santa Cruz). They have a nice selection of soaps, including the Bubble Bar, made with lime and spearmint oil. Sounds wonderful!
First Hints of Spring in My Walnut Creek Garden