GREEN Retailer Magazine
Green—organic and natural— bath and body products are on a rapid growth curve. Here’s a look at the latest in the industry.
Kim Harmson sells only one line of soap in Kizuri, her shop in Spokane, Washington, but that one line was her top selling product last year. And the year before that. In fact, it’s been her top selling line for years, she says. Harmson’s shop sells fair trade products from around the world as well as products made in the United States, including her popular Mountain Madness Soap, handmade locally in Spokane, which she prominently features at the checkout counter.
“When I opened [my store], I just did a Google search for a local source and Jennifer’s company came up,” says Harmson. She met with Jennifer Morsell, who makes the handmade soap for Mountain Madness Soap, and was taken by her story and commitment to using local and organic ingredients. “I really appreciate how thoughtful she is in how she does things and that she uses organic ingredients in her soaps.”
Just as important, Harmson says, is that the soaps work very well. “Even my husband is addicted to her soaps,” she laughs. “He’ll call me from home when we’re running out.” It’s not unusual for shoppers to buy more than a dozen at a time, many of whom choose the soap because it’s a healthier alternative to other brands found in the mainstream marketplace laden with toxic chemicals.Continue Reading »