Joann Darling

Joann Darling

Joann Darling lives in Barre, in the homestead where she grew up and where today she practices and teaches skills in traditional arts. Her soap company is called Green Sylk Soap Co. You can visit her booth at the Capital City Farmers’ Market.

A Passion for Artisan Soap

Written by Joann Darling | March 01, 2013

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My soap-making journey started a decade or so ago, when I was becoming more and more sensitized (allergic) to mainstream, detergent-type soaps. Eventually I just couldn’t use them anymore. As I researched the subject, I became alarmed at what was being used in cosmetic products on the market, not to mention all the harmful chemicals leaching into our waterways as a result of those products. I decided to start making my own soap, and the enthusiasm I had back then for soap making has now turned into a passion and a business for me. My only regret is that I didn’t start making them sooner!

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