The idea for Turtle River Soap was born on the Loxahatchee River in Hobe Sound, FL. One of the founders of the company is an avid outdoorsman and was kayaking the river in the summer, which meant the mosquitoes were a force to be reckoned with. He knew better than to wear any cologne but wondered about the scent of the soap he had used.
After much research, he and another family member created the first batch of bug repellent soap using peppermint, clove, lemongrass and other oils known to be unappealing to insects but pleasant to humans. As an environmentalist, the fact that the soap could be made using only natural ingredients and with no animal fats, was especially appealing. The typical store bought bars all seemed to resemble detergent more than gentle cleansers for human skin.
This homemade soap made with olive oil, shea butter, and other natural ingredients was so pleasant to use that other scents and recipes were developed. Bars were given to friends and family as gifts. It was fun to have different scents for different moods and seasons – mint to refresh and invigorate, lavender for relaxation, light citrus for the heat. Even the family dog enjoyed the benefits of the specially formulated “Hair of the Dog” soap.
Soon so many folks were asking for more bars of the soap, that the seed of an idea that started on the River of Turtles, more commonly known by its Native American name, the “Loxahatchee River,” quickly developed into a family business, Turtle River Soap Company.
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