This blog is about my experiences as an underground food journalist in Southeastern United States and sometimes beyond. It is designed to educate you about what food is growing here; who is growing it; and who is cooking it or making it into alcohol. Occasionally this blog is about people who use green tech related to food.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Natural Bar Soap Company, Dade City, Fla: Local Items
Bar Soap Company really embraces using local Florida ingredients. They make
lotions, soaps, and candles using Florida honey and produce like blueberries
Ricki South of Natural Bar Soap Company, at 2013
Florida Blueberry Festival Brooksville, Fla.
met co-owner Ricki South at the Florida Blueberry Festival Brooksville, last
weekend. She was selling kumquat soaps, and blueberry soaps, candles, and lotions made with Dade City grown
berries. She sourced her raw-honey from Queen Kathleen LLC, based in Dade City,
think it is a nice thing, it’s earthy, and it’s natural,” said South, about her
Florida blueberry items. She colored them with a powder of dried blueberry skins, and used blueberry seeds for an exfoliant in her soaps.
South squeezed some blueberry hand lotion on my skin. As I rubbed it in, a sweet scent of fresh blueberries wafted up to my nose. At the same time, a woman next to me uncovered a blue candle and its scent joined that of the lotion in a symphony of blueberry essences.
Natural Bar Soap Company started experimenting with scents and flavors in
October of 2012 but it didn't go live until this year, at the Dade City Kumquat Festival.
said, her soaps last up to two years but she doesn't like to keep them for too long. Instead she prefers to make two new flavored soaps per festival. She also sells