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From her home in the Glen Iris neighborhood of Birmingham, Chasity Curtis, age 36, has turned her quest for all-natural beauty products into a growing business. Using ingredients from her own garden, this former schoolteacher and new mother produces up to 60 pounds of artisan soap a week. And the only thing that gets her lathered up are products that claim to be natural, but aren’t.
Curtis started making her own soap and skincare products because she had a hard time finding an all-natural beauty line she could afford. As an elementary school teacher, she didn’t have a lot of disposable income, and she found she couldn’t always trust the soaps and creams that claimed to be natural.
Her bestsellers are the Lavender, Sage + Lemon, and Activated Charcoal (a detoxifier made with burnt bamboo). When asked about her personal favorites, she says, “It changes with my mood. I always have at least three bars going at once. Right now I’m using a cornmeal soap that I love. It’s made with organic cornmeal for exfoliating and scented with grapefruit and lavender essential oils.”
For the full article, visit http://alabamanewscenter.com/2016/01/18/freedom-soap-takes-a-pure-path-to-being-an-alabama-maker
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