33 Bridge St., Bellows Falls, Vt.
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Judy Lidie, owner of Grace & Miss Mouse Soaps, makes premium soap right out of Vermont. The cold-process soaps are made in small batches with the finest ingredients, including sustainably grown palm oil and locally grown herbs. “Each bar is hand cut and produces lots of lather that is kind to the skin and never drying.”
Grace & Miss Mouse Soaps has been in business for almost 15 years. “The company exists today thanks to a very special birthday gift from my daughter Jessica Boynton,” said Judy. “Years ago, she treated me to a weekend spa at an inn. In our bath we found lovely little handmade soaps. The soap smelled so good and made my skin feel softer than it had ever felt. I knew right then and there that I had to learn to make my own soap… After much research, experimentation, and good old trial-and-error, I have found the highest quality ingredients available to use in my soaps.”
It took countless batches of soap, many adjustments to the formula, and some testing on family and friends to produce the finest soap that Grace & Miss Mouse Soaps produces today. Now, Judy’s middle daughter Danielle Clemons has taken over most of the soap making, and her youngest daughter Michelle Lidie does all of the computer program work and is beginning to help with the financial aspect of the business, while Judy oversees the whole process. “It’s a real family affair!”
“I still have the original soap cutter that my husband made, and I kept the first drying rack, which was rudimentary when we got started,” Judy said. “I hung up all the old original things to remind me of how far we’ve come.”
Grace & Miss Mouse Soaps offers regular soap, sheep milk soap, hemp seed oil soap, pine tar soap, and even dog shampoo. The soaps are made in a variety of colors and fragrances, and can be customized upon request.
The dog shampoo is a soap bar like all the other soaps, and it contains cedar oil and neem oil, which are natural and organic insect repellants.
The sheep milk soap “is somewhat rare,” Judy explained. “Most people make a goat milk soap, but we get sheep milk from Vermont Shepherd in Westminster, and make three different fragrances,” which are Basil Lemon Grass, Lavender Oatmeal, and Rosemary and Mint. “Two bestsellers of soaps we make are Vermont Forest and Hippy Dippy,” and they also have a great IPA beer soap available.
Visitors are welcome to stop by the shop, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You can purchase Grace & Miss Mouse Soaps in approximately 50 stores in New England and California, or online at www.graceandmissmousesoaps.com.