Marla Bosworth is the founder and owner of Back Porch Soap Company. She teaches classes, corporate events and experiences including candle making, soap making, organic skincare and perfumery.

February 05, 2008

my "meet and greet" at Whole Foods...

Last Saturday was my third "Local Vendor" day at Whole Foods in Hingham, Massachusetts. It's so much fun, because it means taking samples of my organic soaps and shea butters to hand out to customers and shamelessly promote my line (which, btw, is sold at this Hingham location).

I always end up meeting the nicest people, and it's fulfilling to me that I get to help customers with their dry skin dilemmas.

So I made two batches of my most popular organic oils soaps, Lavender & Spearmint and Almond & Shea Butter. Then I sliced them into perfect sample sizes, and packaged them up in nifty little bags with my logo.
I loaded up my Jeep with a few displays, the goodies, and headed out.

The parking lot was packed, needless to say since it was the day before Superbowl Sunday (we'll skip the sore loser Patriots comments here).

There were about 12 vendors, all food related except for me. There was a salad dressing vendor, Chilmark Dressing, also sampling. This is my new favorite dressing! I had to buy a bottle, and it really is delicious. Roasted sesame seeds give it a wonderful flavor and besides making salads extra scrumptious, it is delicious as a veggie dip or on a sandwich. Check them out at

Here's a picture of my table, which blends in nicely with the vegetable and chicken stocks behind it.

I handed out several hundreds of samples of soap and learned that a lot of Whole Foods buyers are restocking their shelves at home with sulfate and paraben free products (which mine all are). Sulfates are drying to skin, and parabens are chemical-based preservatives (there are natural ones such as Vitamin E and more) so check your labels.

I met so many nice people, and so many with dry skin! Everyone needed moisturizing. Good thing I was on hand with my 100% shea butters (quickly becoming my #1 selling product at Whole Foods).

Shea butter is an all-natural moisturizer full of vitamin E that helps heal dry skin, excema and psoriasis. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help alleviate arthritis pain.

So now get yourself over to my website and buy some, will you?

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