Hello! And thanks very much for visiting our online storefront! We're Becky and Nic Gentile (pronounced Gentilly), soap makers at LocustGroves, in Upstate, NY. Crafting premium handmade soaps for you is what we do!
Many people wonder how did we start making soap? Well I (Becky) began over 12 years ago. Even with a water softener system in our home, I just couldn't find a soap that didn't leave me feeling dry and itchy..
Rather than continue to invest in moisturizers to deal with the aftermath, I chose to try making my own soap. I tested multiple recipes, and finally got brave enough to make up one of my own.
EUREKA!! I found it. A wonderful scent (without any additives), lather, lather, lather, and no dry skin after showering..
Our friends and family have been supplied for many years, and the calls come in when they run out...
Now we are making our recipes available to you.
Most of our soap bases are vegan friendly, all are cold processed soap. We test/use each batch to ensure the quality of the batch. Nic became interested in soap making along with me when we became a couple. In his own words, "I never thought about it I just used what was in the shower." Today, he won't use anything else..
That's how it goes with new customers, they get some for a gift, or just to try...and they just can't go back. The difference is that big.
Starting a business has been something we have wanted to do for years, but with full time jobs, and family obligations there weren't just enough hours in the day to take it on. When the economy took a downturn, and Nic lost his job, we decided that we would take the risk and begin to sell our products seriously online. What a wonderful way to do business. We have made many contacts, and are enjoying ourselves greatly.
We continuously evaluate products to add to the line...Lotions and Shampoos/Conditioners are currently under review and testing. Most if not everything we add to the product line is due to a need in our family somewhere. We know we can't be the only ones the problem, so it gets added to the product line after extensive testing. Family is great for that!
We invite YOU to try LocustGroves products! Come feel the immediate difference & enjoy a pleasurable experience with YOUR bathing rituals! Thanks for your interest! We always appreciate feedback and suggestions! firstname.lastname@example.org