Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Terralyn.
“Soap-making is my favorite – looking for new scent combos, colorants, molds, formulas,” says Terralyn’s Chief Soapmaker and Executive Skincare Formulator, Lynnette Manteau. Watching her grandmother and great grandmother take care of a farm and do everything from making candles to producing meals, keeping chickens, canning food, and sewing clothes, it’s no surprise that Lynnette would discover soapmaking. “Yes,” Lynette says, “they were extremely busy and tremendously accomplished. It was, simply, who they were.”
After learning soapmaking, Lynnette started Terralyn. Her family’s influence on Terralyn is clear. She slowly expanded Terralyn’s range, adding skin care products to the line of soaps. Seventeen years later, you’ll also find lotions, bath salts, body and facial scrubs, distillate waters, essential oils, and various other skin and personal care products in the Terralyn product line. Lynette’s also been a member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild for 10 years. “Being a member is an honor, says Lynnette. “I love the discounts, especially on the insurance. I couldn’t be in business without the Guild.”
Lynette’s driven by using high quality ingredients, including organic ingredients, and crafts the vast majority of Terralyn’s product line by hand. Visit Terralyn on Facebook and at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
You’re sure to find many great options while visiting the Terralyn shop. If you’re looking for something new, try Terralyn’s Mighty Mud, which packs dead sea mud, rhassoul clay, and pascalite clay into one amazing facial masque. If you’re looking for something appropriate for the whole body, try house favorite Deep Forest, a soap with a scent mix that includes spruce, fir, and laurel leaf.
We’re honored to have you as a member, Lynette. Thanks for sharing the story of Terralyn!