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 Moon River soap maker Carlos Aprea currently pours about 1320 bars of soap a week. From lining the molds to measuring the oils, mixing, cutting, trimming, storing, organizing, boxing the soap, and finally stocking the shelf. Most of this process is done before we open the store at 10 am. 
 
Along with many of you out there, we became more aware of the toxins and chemicals in our food and skin care products. I began noticing that synthetic fragrance in my everyday commercial soap was the trigger for my head aches. Perfume had to be banned altogether for me. I decided to research the properties of essential oils and botanicals and realized I could still enjoy scent if it were to come from pure essential oils. I absolutely loved reading pretty much every soap and essential oil book on the market. I decided to custom formulate our first batch of cold processed organic olive oil soap choosing sweet orange and lavender essential oil for the scent. While converting ounces to grams I accidently added too much olive oil- this is a mistake we keep in our proprietary recipe to this day. It was around this time when we decided to try our new soap on our grandson who had been using a national baby wash causing him dry, irritated skin. After using our gentle soap on him, his chapped skin immediately recovered. We are most proud of being able to help soothe the skin of those with very sensitive skin and eczema.

 Moon River products are made with organic, sustainable, natural Non-GMO botanicals  that are free of synthetic chemicals and preservatives.  
   Moon River Soap Company is family owned and operated by Founder and Formulator Elizabeth Aprea, Director of Operations and Senior Soap Maker (husband) Carlos Aprea. Our mission is to help those with sensitive or troubled skin without the use of synthetic chemicals. We pledge to respectfully protect our earth and water while using sustainable resources. Moon River is very thankful to our customers, their input is invaluable. 

      


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    Moon River Soap Company was founded by myself -Elizabeth Aprea. It is a second act in my life after working out of our home for 20 years as an artisan ( I painted porcelain and glass). I used to work the art fairs on weekends allowing me to stay at home week days while raising both of our daughters. After the kids went off to college my husband Carlos and myself decided to make a few changes......
   Along with many of you out there, we became more aware of the toxins in our food and skin care. We had always ate somewhat healthy with organic foods, but the skincare was an area we had never given too much thought to. Our daughter attending college currently would come home and point out all the toxins in our cleaning supplies, soaps, and skin care products. It wasn't long before we began to switch out products one by one to the more natural or organic versions. I absolutely LOVE to spend hours researching the properties of essential oils and organic botanicals. I was able to make my own eye creme with carrot seed essential oil and noticed my skin looked much better than the fancy department store brands I had been using. Eventually  we made our first batch of cold processed organic soap together- sweet orange and lavender olive oil soap. I formulated the recipe myself and accidently added too much olive oil- this is a mistake we keep in our proprietary recipe to this day. The very first batch came out super gentle because of the extra olive oil. It was around this time when we decided to try our new soap on our grandson who was suffering from dry chapped irritated skin. He had been using a national baby wash. After using our gentle soap on him, his chapped skin immediately healed and was no longer irritated. We realized if this is what was happening to our grandsons skin, it was very likely causing many other kids chapped skin as well. I began to sell my products out of the house as friends would call for the eye cremes and soap.  
Moon River Soap Company was founded by myself -Elizabeth Aprea. It is a second act in my life after working out of our home for 20 years as an artisan ( I painted porcelain and glass). I used to work the art fairs on weekends allowing me to stay at home week days while raising both of our daughters. After the kids went off to college my husband Carlos and myself decided to make a few changes......
   Along with many of you out there, we became more aware of the toxins in our food and skin care. We had always ate somewhat healthy with organic foods, but the skincare was an area we had never given too much thought to. Our daughter attending college at this time would come home and point out all the toxins in our cleaning supplies, soaps, and skin care products. It wasn't long before we began to switch out products one by one to the more natural or organic versions. I absolutely LOVE to spend hours researching the properties of essential oils and organic botanicals. I was able to make my own eye creme with carrot seed essential oil and noticed my skin looked much better than the fancy department store brands I had been using. Eventually  we made our first batch of cold processed organic soap together- sweet orange and lavender olive oil soap. I formulated the recipe myself and accidently added too much olive oil- this is a mistake we keep in our proprietary recipe to this day. The very first batch came out super gentle because of the extra olive oil. It was around this time when we decided to try our new soap on our grandson who was suffering from dry chapped irritated skin. He had been using a national baby wash. After using our gentle soap on him, his chapped skin immediately healed and was no longer irritated. We realized if this is what was happening to our grandsons skin, it was very likely causing many other kids chapped skin as well. I began to sell my products out of the house as friends would call for the eye cremes and soap.  
 

 

Moon River soap, salts, balms, oils and scrubs are formulated and made downtown Rochester, Michigan. Every batch is hand poured and made daily. We are proud to use Non-GMO, organic and natural botanicals. Although Moon River can make no medicinal claims, many of our customers tell us they no longer have eczema or have improved their troubled acne, psoriasis or dermatitis.

Moon River Soap Company 339 East Street, Rochester Michigan

 email moonriversoap@gmail.com