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The Story of the Hawaiian Bath & Body Brand and the North Shore Soap Factory
It all began in 1996 when Debora and Jerry Driscoll were given some homemade natural soap. This is their story:
We were hooked! Since then we haven't used any other "commercial soap.” When the organic chemist who created these all natural original recipes was moving off the island, we bought this small soap business to keep the natural soaps here in Hawaii and on the North Shore. And the Hawaiian Bath & Body brand was born. Debora thought it would be a great weekend hobby but Jerry had other plans. Our house became our first official natural soap factory.
A year later, as we were quickly growing out of our house, we decided to lease the iconic “Bagasse Bin” in the Historic Waialua Sugar Mill. You can see her from the top of the pineapple fields when coming down the hill from Honolulu. We’ve nicknamed her “the Lady of Waialua” because her full skirt dances before the background of mountain and sea that is the North Shore. With a full functioning factory, we had to come up with a great name and the North Shore Soap Factory was it! Soon to follow was our spa inspired boutique (about 7 years ago already!). Along with Natural Soap
we've created more original recipes to expand our Hawaiian Bath & Body skin care line to include Body Wash, Aromatherapy Body Mists and Bath Salts, Bath Oils, Lip Balms,Lotions and Scrubs.
Our lobby has somewhat turned into a mini museum packed with plantation days memoribilia donated by generous neighbors. When the mill power plant was being torn down we were lucky enough to rescue some relics. Once the “old-timers” who worked at the sugar mill realized we had moved in and saw we were collecting items, they started dropping by and either donating or trading for soap their own sugar mill memoribilia. What an amazing experience that has been sitting and “talking story” with all those guys!
Many people ask us what makes our products unique. The first reason is that we make soap “the old fashioned way." Cold process soap making is a labor intensive process that takes up to six weeks to produce a finished bar of soap. We use a special combination of base oils to create a rich luxurious spa-quality bar with full, long lasting lather. Because our soap is aged, the bar is very hard and lasts about twice as long as a “commerical” soap.
Oils such as Hawaiian Kukui Nut Oil & Macadamia Nut Oil add moisturizing properties which nourish the skin. Pure Essential Oils are blended with the Hawaiian Kukui Nut & Macadamia Nut oils to not only scent the soap but to add properties that are beneficial for each individual’s skin type.
The second reason is that Quality Ingredients make the difference! Our products are carefully formulated without using any detergents, harsh chemicals, or petroleum based ingredients. What we don’t put into our products is just as important as what we do! Handcrafted, one batch at a time, each product features island-grown ingredients such as Hawaiian Kukui & Macadamia Nut Oils, honey, papaya, tangerines, coffee, & guava. Many products also feature organic ingredients such as organic oatmeal, rice flour, blue cornmeal, & organic spices.
We only use natural preservatives such as Vitamin E & Grapefruit Seed Extract. We use no Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Cocamide DEA, TEA, Parabens.
The end result is a balancing skin care line which is excellent for all skin types. The gentle ingredients that we use combine to make an effective and gentle treatment for sensitive, problematic skin. For our dedicated team it’s about offering the highest quality natural products on the market.