• Handcrafted with natural plant-based materials. Please patch test before use: wash a small patch of skin on the inside of your elbow ◦ wait 24 hours ◦ do not use if a reaction occurs.
• Don’t leave the soap sitting in water between uses - use a soap saver.
The story of Welcome Soap
A few years ago, I picked up a booklet at the Cambridge Recycling Center called “Cambridge on the Cutting Edge: Innovators and Inventions”. I learned that the soapmaking industry in the United States started in Cambridge Massachusetts and a soap by the name of Welcome Soap was produced starting in 1883 at Curtis Davis & Company’s factory on Broadway in Cambridge—just a few blocks from my studio. The soap was heavily promoted as “New England’s Favorite Soap” and Welcome Soap was popular throughout the region. The original Welcome Soap, I believe, was a borax laundry soap. I envisioned a modern version as an all-purpose soap for cleaning hands and body. I decided to make it a lavender soap because lavender has traditionally been the favorite herb for cleansing (the word lavender is derived from the Latin …lavare, to wash). I liked the image on the original package: two hands shaking in a gesture of welcome. I asked a friend, a talented artist, if she would transform the image to something that evokes forests, trees and welcome. She drew a beautiful image of two black-capped chickadees–the state bird of Massachusetts–greeting each other on the branch of a tree.
And thus Welcome Soap is once again…
New England’s Favorite Soap