Member Spotlight: Mt. Lebanon Soap Company

The birth of Christopher and Erin Csernica’s daughter was also the birth of their company, Mt. Lebanon Soap Company. The symmetry is perfectly fitting as proceeds from the company serve a very special purpose for Summer, born with genetic disorder trisomy 21. “We decided we wanted something to teach her, give her skills over the course of her life, with all of the proceeds going directly into her special needs trust.”


Owners Erin and Christopher are a unique team. Per Erin, “He makes the soap, well, be soap and I make it so you actually want to use it.” What started as wedding gifts quickly spiraled into a company.

Now in business a year and a half now, Mt. Lebanon Soap Company is growing into new venues and new spaces. Erin relates, “In our short time, we have already outgrown our space. We will this year be expanding our first floor to hold Mt. Lebanon Soap Company.” While you’ll find soap, lip balm, lotion bars and bath fizzies in the current product line-up, Mt. Lebanon Soap Company is developing and perfecting a liquid hand soap formula.


If you’re in the New Jersey area, you’ll find Mt. Lebanon Soap Company at the Hackettstown farmers market this summer. For those further afield, shop online and follow their Facebook page for sneak peeks, previews, input in the design process, and company updates. If you’re new to the company, every member of the family has a favorite to recommend: “My favorite,” Erin relates, “is our Mojito Soap, my husband would say our Tea Tree Soap, Summer has been known to try and eat our Almond Soap, and our littlest one our Baby Sensitive Soap.”


As a new member to the HSCG, Erin reports, “I’m slowly working my way through all the amazing benefits….thank you.” Thank you, Erin, for joining us and we can’t wait to see what you and your company achieves.

Thanks, Mt. Lebanon, for giving us a peek behind the curtain!

Member Spotlight: Secret Garden Soap of Madison

Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Secret Garden Soap of Madison.

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A serendipitous act of combining fresh goat milk supply with classic cold process soapmaking led to the birth of New Jersey-based Secret Garden Soap of Madison. Owner Tracee Palmer explains, “I started my suburban farm with a few chickens, then moved into beekeeping and finally to complete my little urban homestead I got three beautiful LaMancha goats. My children were not real keen on the idea of drinking goat milk, so I needed a use for this beautiful fresh raw milk.” Soapmaking using the milk “turned out so lovely”.

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It is truly the goat milk that sets Secret Garden Soap of Madison apart. “LaManchas”, says Tracee, “are known for the high butterfat content in their milk, [which] makes a very rich and creamy soap.” You’ll find more than just goat milk soap on the site. Secret Garden Soap of Madison carries lotion, bath fizzee eggs, sea salt milk bath, and spa bars to soothe the savage soul, but don’t forget custom orders. Secret Garden Soap of Madison recently delivered wedding soaps in a gorgeous leaf on rippling water design. “I love using my new silicone molds in Hydrangea, Hearts and Rippling Water,” says Tracee.


Stock up on Secret Garden Soap of Madison at Madison-area farmers’ markets & craft shows and in New Jersey at J & M Home & Garden, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, and Laura Clare Floral.

Shop Secret Garden Soap of Madison online; keep up with their show schedule on the Facebook page, and visit the blog for sneak peeks into farm life.

Thanks Secret Garden Soap of Madison, for giving us a sneak peek into your inspiration!