Made in Virginia 2014: Cricket Cove Soap, Glen Allen

Cricket Cove Soap

Photo by Shanaz Bowman

For Cricket Cove Soap Co. owner Britt Hayes, utilizing Mother nature’s bounty is second nature. Hayes has been handcrafting each bar of soap herself since launching in early 2011. Using a cold process method, she combines lye and liquids ranging from coconut water to beer with butters, oils, clays and botanicals, then molds, cures and cuts the final product. Soothing, fragrant combinations include oatmeal, milk and honey, and rosemary eucalyptus with mango seed and coconut milk, all wrapped in sustainable packaging. Though the line has grown to include lip butters and hand and body balms (with a potential foray into candles), Hayes has no plans to stray too far from her original vision. “Handmade soaps, made with as many local, natural products as possible …. that’s where my passion really is.” $4-$50.

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