Member Spotlight: Harriet’s Little Soap Co., LLC

Visitors to the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show may have been lucky enough to catch Harriet Scheib in action. Harriet runs the Lakewood, Colorado-based Harriet’s Little Soap Company. Asked about her inspiration, Harriet shares, “I have always had an interest in the environment and natural products. Goat milk soap made with organic ingredients helps me keep the world a little cleaner and more beautiful. By using pure organic ingredients, formulating products that work and being creative I have established a successful business. My many clients return with comments about how much they enjoy using the …products. They notice the improvement in their skin with the skin care products and the way their muscles feel after using the Bath Salts and Sore Muscle Rub.”

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After 12 years in business and 7 years as an HSCG member, Harriet’s Little Soap Company is still introducing new skin loving products and continues to grow. You’ll find Harriet’s Little Soap Company carried in a variety of retail stores, at select shows and markets in Colorado, and, of course, online. Harriet’s currently carries a variety of skin and body-pleasing products, including goat milk soap and sample sets, moisturizing bath milks and salts, clay masks, facial steam herbs, lip balm, shea butter, lotion sticks, and sore muscle rub.

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If you’re wandering the aisles of Harriet’s Little Soap Company in wonder, do try the sore muscle rub and a bar of the goat milk soap (we may be partial to the fisherman’s friend, but you’ll find more than a dozen scents to please and a few unscented varieties, all beautifully wrapped and topped off with a bow). Both are wonderful palliatives. Harriet shares that her favorite product are the soap samplers. “Wrapping the soap is like stringing beads. It is very calming.”

Thanks, Harriet, for introducing us to Harriet’s Little Soap Company. Here’s to the next 12 years!

From the President – Update – Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act

Whether you live and operate a business in the state of Colorado or not you need to pay attention to The Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act, HB10-1248.  Read the full bill here.

The main “intent” of the bill is to ban all ingredients known to be carcinogens or reproductive toxins in the state of Colorado and allow consumers to sue manufacturers that violate this with $5,000 – $10,000 fees.

The main problem with this bill, as written, is that it is very vague and confusing.  I have been consulting with leaders in our industry all week as well as many small soap and cosmetics manufacturers.  Even with all these minds put together we are having trouble decifering the nuances of this bill.  It raises too many questions, for example:

  • How will this “list” of banned ingredients be created, maintained and updated and by whom?
  • The bill mentions “authoritative bodies” or “formally organized groups” as the source for these banned ingredients.  What criterion will be used to deem whether or not a “group” is an acceptable source?  Here is the specific language from the bill:

(1) “AUTHORITATIVE BODY” MEANS THE FOLLOWING AGENCIES OR
3 FORMALLY ORGANIZED PROGRAMS OR GROUPS RECOGNIZED AS
4 AUTHORITATIVE FOR PURPOSES OF IDENTIFYING CHEMICALS THAT CAUSE
5 CANCER OR REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY:
6 (a) THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY,
7 OR ITS SUCCESSOR AGENCY;
8 (b) THE UNITED STATES FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, OR ITS
9 SUCCESSOR ENTITY;
10 (c) THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
11 HEALTH, OR ITS SUCCESSOR ENTITY;
12 (d) THE NATIONAL TOXICOLOGY PROGRAM, OR ITS SUCCESSOR
13 PROGRAM; AND
14 (e) THE INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR RESEARCH ON CANCER, OR
15 ITS SUCCESSOR AGENCY.

  • The bill opens the door for fraud and abuse of the court system, allowing the consumer to sue manufacturers for $5,000 – $10,000 fees.
  • The bill isn’t clear on whether it will only regulate manufacturers of cosmetics in the state of Colorado or will it also regulate manufacturers outside the state that sell in Colorado.  The specific language in the bill is here:

11 (3) (a) “MANUFACTURER” MEANS ANY PERSON WHOSE NAME
12 APPEARS ON THE LABEL OF A PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT PURSUANT TO THE
13 REQUIREMENTS OF 21 CFR 701.12.
14 (b) “MANUFACTURER” DOES NOT INCLUDE A RETAILER THAT SELLS
15 PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS AT RETAIL TO CONSUMERS UNLESS THE
16 RETAILER IS ALSO THE MANUFACTURER OF THE PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT.

HB10-1248 is being sponsored by The Women’s Lobby of Colorado in conjunction with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  The Women’s Lobby holds meetings at the Colorado Education Association at the corners of Colfax & Grant (1500 Grant Street) from 12:00 – 1:15 with lunch included.  Here are the upcoming dates:

  • March 3rd
  • March 17th
  • March 31st
  • April 14th
  • April 28th

There will be a hearing specifically for HB10-1248 on Monday, March 1st, held by the House Judiciary in rm 0107 in the basement of the Capitol Building.

We will post a letter later today that you can personalize and send to the representatives in Colorado opposing this bill for both residents and non-residents of Colorado.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me: President@Soapguild.org

Leigh O’Donnell

HSMG President