Member Spotlight: Long Family Farm

Welcome to Feature Friday! We have over 2000 members in the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild and we’d like to feature every one of them. Welcome to the first of many member spotlights.

Today, meet Long Family Farm! Long Family Farm was started nearly nine years ago by Judith Long, whose addiction to soapmaking started after teaching a 4-H soapmaking class. Shortly after that first class, the Long Family was exclusively using Judith’s creations and 5 years later, Long Family Farm offered its wares to the world.

Long Family Farm produces a variety of soap, lotion and lip balm from their North Carolina-based farm. Long Family Farm regularly changes the shape and scents of their soap to keep bathtime fun for customers (and manufacturing fun for the soapmaker!). There’s a story behind every mold. About the selection pictured below, Judith says, “The dog paw mold is in honor of our Great Pyrenees who ‘guards’ our farm. I love sending the encouragement hearts to friends who need a little ‘pick me up’.”

long family farm creations

Today, you’ll find them online at and on Facebook at

You can also find Long Family Farm Soaps in several North Carolina locations as well as stores local to the Winston-Salem area. Long Family Farm returns the local support, displaying their soap on local artists’ work, a small glimpse of which you can see in the motorcycle soap picture above. When you’re in the shop, check out the facial soap. Developed to tackle problematic teenage skin, it’s become a best seller.

While you’re browsing the shop, you may stumble across the ‘Educate Yourself’ page. Education is a passion for Long Family Farm. Judith spent a huge amount of time researching the ingredients she puts into Long Family Farm Soaps and in turns, shares information with consumers through her website. If you’ve ever wondered what fresh goat milk is doing in your soap or why you might use illipe butter, check out the Long Family Farm Soap education page.

About the Guild, Judith says, “If life ever slows down, I want to be certified.” We’re ready to support you with that goal and add you to the ranks of our certified soapmakers, Judith!

Keep up with the Long Family Farm’s latest happenings on their Facebook page and keep bath time fun for everyone.

Thanks, Judith, for sharing your story!

HSMG Members in the News!

The HSMG is proud to report that two of its members have recently been featured in the media.

Our first member is Lauri Isle of SAC’s &, whose business was featured recently in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Lauri and co-owner, her sister, Marta Bardonner, create soap and other bath and body products for their store in Winona Lake, Indiana.

The store is recognized under the Indiana Artisan logo, which supports businesses creating handcrafted goods. These businesses follow guidelines set by the state, undergo an application process, and are juried to ensure authenticity and quality.

You can check out the article by clicking on the link below:

As if that’s not enough, they were also featured in Midwest Living!
Our second member in the news is Michelle Rhoades of Mossy Creek Soap in Georgia. Michelle’s Christmas soap was featured in Southern Living’s Christmas at Home’s Special Edition, 2012.

An editor from the magazine contacted Michelle because they saw her website and liked her products. Understandably, Michelle was skeptical at first about whether or not the contact was real, but indeed, it was and now you can find a lovely photograph and description of Michelle’s soap in the magazine! Simply click on the link below:

This isn’t Michelle’s first media exposure, either. Last year, her soap was featured at Food Network.

Incidentally, one of the most interesting things about Michelle’s story is that she only began making soap in 2009, took a year to perfect her skills, and then began making soap as a full time job! She sells soap and other related products and teaches classes.

Michelle credits part of her success to her connections from the HSMG and its conferences that assisted her in her business. We look forward to hearing Michelle speak at the 2012 conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well. Her topic is “Increase Profits With Time Management Using the Soapmaker Program.”

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