Skaneateles Soap Company was founded because of a little girl, a boo boo and a Band Aid.
When my daughter was very small, she had (ok, she still HAS) a propensity to injure herself. Mundane trips to the kitchen would often result in an “owie”, as she fell down or crashed into something on the way. This really isn’t all that different from most little kids making their way in a big world with limbs too big, but the difference with my daughter is that she has VERY sensitive skin. We couldn’t leave band-aids on for very long or they would give her a rash. We tried product after product that was marketed for babies and kids, only to find that soaps and bath products gave her reactions too.
After burning the candle at both ends, the middle and the inside out studying and learning about chemicals in body care products, I decided to make my own products.
Since skin is the largest organ in the human body, and absorbs 70-80% of what sits on it, I started by manufacturing the soaps with food grade oils. My daughter was so allergic to colorants and fragrances, I eliminated them entirely and scented the soaps mildly with pure, high quality essential oils.
The result is soap that is clean rinsing, pure and refreshing!
Many people today are de-sensitized to scents. Many products have such strong scents in them that the body adjusts, thus, requiring stronger and stronger scents to be effective. It’s always interesting to me how 1 person can smell a fragrance and think it’s very strong and another person can come along and smell the exact same fragrance 2 seconds later and say  he/she can barely smell it.
Along the way in my manufacturing, I had many requests to make stronger scented soaps and/or scents that are not cost effective to produce with essential oils. (I once manufactured a beautifully pure vanilla soap that retailed for $20, since vanilla essential oil is very expensive. Needless to say, it was not a best seller. We no longer carry that soap)
After some soul searching, I decided to add a fragrance oil line to satisfy the customers who wanted a more natural soap, but were still overly sensitized to commercial fragrances. I’ve taken some heat on this decision from the “purists” who don’t think I should “pollute” a natural soap with a fragrance; however, I have always been of the mindset that people tend to make changes in baby steps.
At least LASTING changes start small.

Since I made changes in small steps, as a consumer, from the body products in the mall that were colored and scented galore; from perfuming myself head to toe, to natural products, I wanted to help others bridge this gap too. I made those transitions myself in small steps.

My goal has always been to educate people on the choices they make, then allow them to make choices of their own accord, armed with knowledge. The biggest difference between our fragrance line and other manufacturers, is that we only use phthalates free fragrance oils. Phthalates are ubiquitous in fragrances and have been linked to several health concerns. Phthalates free fragrances are a safer alternative.
We don’t believe in an all or nothing approach to consumer choice. Choice armed with knowledge is a good thing.
Skaneateles Soap Company has something for everyone. We craft high quality, natural soaps, cold processed, the old fashioned way, from the naked-est of the nakeds (unscented, no colorant soap) to our scented lines.
Grab a drink, relax, and peruse our site. Thanks for stopping by!
Warmest wishes in health,
M Anne Len