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Smelly goats or not … NOT!

10 Oct

I met goats which smell liked toasted marshmallows, lily, mint, …

More seriously, I discovered the Barn Lab soap through a friend, and it’s a real discovery.
Barn Lab is about producing handcrafted artisan soap made with pure goats milk and blend of oils and scents.

Exactly what we need after a long day at work!

Let’s discuss those high quality soaps with Clint the founder of BarnLab.

1/ How did it all started, how did you become and entrepreneur?
Why did you chose to handcraft soap bars? 

It started as a hobby which was spawned from a desire to create something tangible – something that I could hold in my hand and say “This. I made this.” I’ve always had the compulsion to break things down into their simplest components and put them together again myself. To literally create from scratch. For example, I started grinding my own flour to make bread because buying flour from the store wasn’t enough. I wanted to dig deeper. Finally, I wanted to make something that was creative, but was ultimately useful and what is more universally useful than soap? I started to research and dig and learn about all of the terrible chemicals in commercially produced soap and wanted to make something with as few ingredients as possible and that’s what we make at BarnLab. Our soap has literally 6 ingredients.

2/ Why goats?
What do they bring extra to the plate?
How many goats do you have?

Goat milk contains AHAs which naturally and gently exfoliate dead skin cells while the high fat content of goat milk and vitamins found within hydrates and nourishes the skin. I currently source my goats milk from 3rd party vendors, but hope to one day have some goats of my own who can also double as brand mascots. 🙂

3/ Where is your Lab?
What’s the process, from the goat to the beautiful bear, owl-shaped soap bars?

The Barn is located in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York just a few miles west of where the original Woodstock took place. It shares 3 acres with our 180 year old farmhouse. 

The soap making process requires precision and safety (we’re dealing with caustic chemicals) but is fairly straightforward. In simplest terms, you melt down and mix your oils – in my case that’s olive, coconut, sweet almond & walnut oils. Separately you dissolve lye in frozen goat milk. I then combine the oils with the lye/milk and mix until it starts to thicken, add essential oils, mix until dispersed and then pour into molds. They stay in the molds for at least a day and then they are cut into bars where they must cure for 4-6 weeks to harden.

4/ Where can we find the Barn-Lab soap? 

You can find us at ShopBarnLab.com.

5/ Which one is your best seller?

The soap that started it all and my personal favorite is our Campfire soap it ruggedly, masculine and smokey. Our top seller is our Honeysuckle soap. Additionally, we just launched some new scents (Champagne, Lilac & Ivy League) that we are really quite excited about.

 Thanks Clint and we wish you all the best with your soaps. I love them and I will become a regular! 

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Land-surfing on a Biscuit ?

14 Jul

HamboardsI am a city girl, I only see the beach once a year at best and I’m not great with cold waters.
I always dreamed about surfing the waves but when you live 2 hours away from the first cold and flat water … It’s not that easy.
So let’s find another dream or … let’s surf without water?
Let’s become a land-surfer! Yes, that’s what I want to be: a landsurfer!!!

Now that I know my path, I need the proper board. I wanted to buy a Penny skate to cruise, but it’s only to cruise from one point to another, not much fun in it, … still looking until I found THE board!!
It’s build by a family owned company called Hamboards, and cherry on the cake they are from Huntington Beach, California (the capital of the surf)!
The Californian dream under your feet!!
Pete, the father, is a firefighter, Gus is the oldest son and Don is the cousin taking care of the management and they build all together the best land-surfing boards of the market.

The Hamboards range includes 5 products: the Classic, the Pinger, the Fish, the Pescadito and the Biscuit.
Each, of course, have their very own specs:
. carving,
. cruising,
. nose riding like on a real surf!,
. pumping … again like on a real surf!!
. and of course portability
Check this Hamboards video on how to choose your board.

My mind is set on the pumping property and portability because
. I want to feel like surfing
. I take the metro so it needs to fit under my arm … The Biscuit is for me!

Next time we talk about the Hamboards, I’ll have a Biscuit to talk about and we will share the crumbs 😉

The California dream goes downtown!

More infos on
. The official Hamboards website
. The official Hamboards Europe website
. Like Hamboards Facebook
. Like Hamboards Europe Facebook
. Instagram Hamboards and Hamboards_Europe
. Follow @Hamboards and @Hamboardseurope

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