How is Honey Sweetie Acres Different?
Business Certifications & Associations
With the assistance of the NSF, the governing body of personal care products, we have calculated the organic content in our goat milk soap. Honey Sweetie Acres Goat Milk Soap contains 80% organic ingredients. The majority of the goat milk soap on the market does not contain any organic ingredients. Organics increase the cost the production and product price, so why do it? Simple…..organic demand is growing and our customers asked for it.
Honey Sweetie Acres is an approved Business Member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. NAHA has elevated academic standards in Aromatherapy education as well as having established THE standards for the professional designation of Certified Aromatherapist. Obtaining 200 hour certification in 2015, Honey Sweetie Acres is dedicated to the use of premium essential oils in a variety of our products. We strive to educate our customers and assist in their understanding of the safe and effective application of aromatherapy in their own lives and families.
Certified Humane Raised and Handled®
Honey Sweetie Acres is currently the only goat milk soap producer in the United States that is Certified Humane Raised and Handled®.
Advanced Certification Soap making
Honey Sweetie Acres is among only a handful of soap makers in Ohio certified by the HSCG. We’ve met the industry-wide standard of excellence in handcrafted soap. Our soap has been evaluated by a HSCG peers and passed two written examinations and the soap evaluation with flying colors in May of 2014. Certification is not required in the soap-making industry…..but we feel it is essential when offering products for personal use.
When it comes to organic skin care, Honey Sweetie Acres does not just “talk the talk”….we join, promote and learn from organizations that will help us stay at the forefront of premium and safe ingredients.
Career experience in the chemical industry and chemistry education enable us to understand our products intimately. While chemistry knowledge isn’t required to make soap or lotion, it is a plus in terms of formulating and discerning potential production issues. We can READ the “Certificate of Analysis” that accompanies raw ingredients from the manufacturer and we can recognize when a non-ideal ingredient is present. Many soap-makers will file this certificate but could not tell you what is on it or what the numbers mean. We can.
Our products are produced in a dedicated production building on the farm. Proper ingredient handling, storage, sanitation and safety are part of our daily routine.
Read more about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics at www.safecosmetics.org. We are members of the American Society of Quality to pursue manufacturing quality and adherence to testing and standards. Our customer’s TRUST us and will work to earn that trust every day.
There is so much on the internet from unverified sources that confuse the consumer. We cut through the mush and get to the real issues on quality, organic and naturally based skin care so you will trust our products to be safe, healthy, effective and real.
Every 3 years, Cincinnati Magazine canvasses the southern Ohio region looking for the best natural skin care products. In November of 2014, Cincinnati Magazine gifted us with the Best of the City Award for Handcrafted Soap.
Acres was awarded BEST OF SHOW in the ADGA Goat Milk National Bath & Body Care Products Competition in Boise, ID for our Clove Nutmeg Essential Oil Goat Milk Soap. We were also awarded 1st Place in the Real Goat Milk Lotion division with our Lavender Essential Oil Lotion! Additional soaps and lotions placed repeatedly in the top three spots. Thank you ADGA!
In 2016, we placed 1st in Fragrance Oil Goat Milk Soap with our Lilac Soap and 1st in the Unscented Goat Milk Soap with our Unscented Bar.
Quality and Sustainability
We use sustainably sourced ingredients from responsible suppliers such as Jedwards International. We use 100% ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL and 100% ORGANIC SHEA & COCOA BUTTER in our products. We also use ORGANIC PALM FRUIT OIL produced sustainably without repercussions to Brazilian rain forests.
We use both essential oils and fragrance oils. We source our essential oils from both a single US distributor and directly from the essential oil distillers themselves across the world. Our fragrance oils are from respected suppliers. More importantly, our fragrance oil choices are also alcohol, diethyl phthalate, GMO, formaldehyde and paraben free. In addition we source “nature-based fragrance oils” which are new to the industry and offered by a limited number of suppliers.
Our colorants are clays, herbs, spices plus real fruit and vegetable botanicals. We use lab-purified mineral oxide powders for color which chemically speaking are “nature identical”. In other words, they are structurally identical to ground minerals without the risk of arsenic, mercury or lead which can be found in many soils. We never use FD&C dyes. We carry a line of totally fragrance and color free products as well for those with ultra sensitive-skin.
Last but not least, we use REAL, raw unpasteurized milk in our products. We never use dehydrated, heat treated goat milk powder in our products.