No Purchase Necessary to Enter The Saranac Mountain Hearth “Share the Love” Giveaway ("Sweepstakes") is subject to the terms and conditions contained in these Official Sweepstakes Rules (the "Rules"). By entering the Sweepstakes, all participants agree to be bound by the Rules and the decisions of Saranac Mountain Hearth (the "Company"). Sweepstakes Period The entry period for the Sweepstakes begins at 9:00 a.m. EST on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 4th, 2018 (the “Sweepstakes Entry Period”). Participants are responsible for determining their corresponding time zone in their jurisdiction. How to Enter No purchase necessary. This Sweepstakes will be conducted on the Saranac Mountain Hearth Facebook page and promoted via the Company’s Facebook page and website (www.SaranacMountainHearth.com). A participant will only be eligible for the prize in the Sweepstakes if the participant validly enters the Sweepstakes during the Sweepstakes Entry Period. To enter the Sweepstakes, participants must do the following: 1. Participants must visit Facebook.com/SaranacMountainHearth where the instructions can be found. 2. Only one entry per person is allowed for the Sweepstakes. 3. Late entries, incomplete entries, entries that do not fully comply with these Rules, or all entries for any individual discovered to have submitted multiple entries shall be void and disqualified. Eligibility Restrictions 1. Only legal residents of the United States who are eighteen (18) years of age or older are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. Additionally, participants located in a jurisdiction that prohibits the Sweepstakes are prohibited from entering and such entries shall be void. 2. Employees, officers, and directors of the Company, and members of the households (whether related or not) of any of the above are not eligible to participate or win the Sweepstakes. 3. Participants agree to abide with any applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations. Winners shall be solely responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes. Prize One (1) winner of the Sweepstakes will receive the following: (2) “Rose of Sharing” scented Liquid Soap in 8 oz Foamer Bottle, and (1) Gift Certificate valued at $15.00 for use at www.SaranacMountainHearth.com. Approximate retail value: $35.00. No substitution of prize is offered (including cash), no transfer of prize to a third party is permitted and the prize may not be redeemed for cash value. The odds of winning are determined by the number of eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Entry Period. Winner Selection and Notification The winners of the Sweepstakes will be determined randomly. Prize will be awarded only upon winner verification and final approval by the Company. The winners will be announced via a post to Facebook.com/SaranacMountainHearth, within 48 hours of being selected. The winner will then have 72 hours from the time the notification was posted by the Company to respond to the Company as set forth below. If the winner does not contact the Company within the 72 hours after the notification was sent by the Company, is unable to accept the prize, or is determined to be ineligible pursuant to the Rules, the prize will be forfeited in its entirety. In the event of a prize forfeiture, the Company may, in its sole discretion, award the forfeited prize to an alternate winner that will be chosen in substantially the same manner that the original winner was selected. A winner determined to be ineligible pursuant to the Rules shall have no right to receive a prize, nor any claim against the Company. Upon notification by the Company, winners must contact the Company via Facebook Messenger, or by email to GiveAway@SaranacMountainHearth.com to claim their prize and provide a mailing address for shipment. By entering this Sweepstakes and claiming a prize, the winner agrees to allow the Company: (1) to post his or her full name on Facebook in order to announce the winner to all participants, and (2) to publicize and post his or her first name and last initial on the Company’s social media sites and website. General Conditions 1. No purchase necessary. The Sweepstakes is void where prohibited. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations. 2. All decisions made by the Company regarding any aspect of the Sweepstakes are final. 3. 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Who we are
When it all started
Why we do it
Where to find us
Saranac Mountain Hearth
A community-focused business specializing in real soap and natural-as-possible bath & body products. Our products can be purchased through our Etsy store at SaranacMtnHearth.Etsy.com or they can be found at various local stores, markets, and craft fairs throughout the Adirondack region of New York State.
Owner & Chief Soap Maker
Biography coming soon!
Sales Representative & Chief Product Tester
Biography coming soon!
Ernest W. Hayduke lived an uncomplicated life. His home was a one-room log cabin built in the woods several miles from town. He grew his own vegetables, kept a small flock for eggs, and hunted meat in the acres surrounding his homestead.
What his garden, animals, and the forest couldn’t provide, he traded for in town. The first Friday of the month, Duke (as he was referred to by the locals), could be found in the town center, sitting in the back of his small buggy waiting for people to trade with. Duke never had to wait long, nor did he have to seek people out; what he had to offer was far less common in the markets than a sack of flour, a bolt of fabric, or even a pound of sugar.
Duke was thrifty, and he let nothing go to waste. The fat from the meat he hunted was rendered in a large kettle on top of the wood stove he used to cook his meals and heat his home. To the rendered fat, he would add caustic potash made by draining collected rain water through a barrel of ashes swept from his stove. This mixture of fat and potash would be left to cook for days until nothing but a kettle of soft soap paste remained.
Duke would then dilute the soap paste with water before pouring some of the liquid soap into glass jugs that had been given a hefty dose of cider vinegar to take out the bite of any excess potash.
Soap—real soap made from fats and oils—was scarce during the Great War as the demand for valuable fats grew. As a result, people were forced to either buy detergents for personal grooming and housekeeping, or make real soap themselves. Duke, however, never saw the need to purchase or trade for detergents as the animals he hunted provided enough fat to keep him clean; whatever he had left he traded. After all, how much soap does one mountain man need?
There wasn’t a lot of soap to be traded—a month’s worth of meat for one man hardly supplies enough raw materials to keep a small town clean—but people would line up with their goods and hope they had something Duke needed.
By the start of World War II, Ernest W. Hayduke was a local celebrity, and the townspeople knew that as the supply of real soap diminished, Duke would be their only reliable (albeit limited) source. Many continued to try their luck, hoping that Duke would be in the market for some cornmeal, milk, or potatoes. Others sought him out at his home where he eagerly taught them the art of making soap.
My great-aunt, Pearlie-Mae Murphy, was one such person. As a young woman in the 1940s, she learned the basics from Duke and improved upon his methods, hoping to add a little luxury to war time. She painstakingly collected pine sap and added it to her kettle of fats; she dissolved the soft soap paste in teas made from flower petals, rosemary, and herbs. The soap she made not only filled her home with the smell of balsam, but added a cleansing scent to the finished products.
Aunt Pearl passed her wisdom down to her children who eagerly taught me their methods. While the underlying principles have remained the same, the soap at Saranac Mountain Hearth does differ from that made by Ernest W. Hayduke.
We use food-grade vegetable oils and rosin, and our lye and potash are pure and food-grade products that are no longer swept from the stove but purchased online. We do cook over fire--on a kitchen range--but have traded hours of stirring for a few minutes with an immersion blender.
The result: "real soap for natural living". That’s what you’ll find with Saranac Mountain Hearth.
As a result of wartime scarcity in the 40s, Matthew's great-aunt, Pearlie-Mae Murphy, learned to cook soap from the animal fats, fragrant herbs, and spring water, which were available in and around her home. And while the end of World War II saw the reintroduction of commercially made products, it was a familial desire for self-sufficiency that brought her methods into the 21st century. It was the simplicity of Aunt Pearl’s soaps that inspired the driving principle for all of the products that SHM creates. We, too, have a desire to keep things simple, preferring to handcraft our products in small batches from natural oils, botanicals, and plant-derived ingredients.
Furthermore, when we craft a bar of soap or a bottle of lotion, we like to know that every ingredient has a specific purpose in the final product. Whether it’s an oil that contributes a luxurious lather, or a fragrance inspired by the surrounding Adirondack Mountains, we aim to become intimately familiar with how and why each essential ingredient works in each of our products. SMH hopes to remove some of the uncertainty we all feel when looking at a long (and often complicated) ingredient list. In this ever changing world, we long for familiarity—and what’s more familiar than sunflower oil, evergreens, and clean water?
Although Matthew has spent a decade reading online forums for crafters, turn-of-the-century books for large-scale manufacturers, and scientific articles about the chemistry behind soap production, there remains a hint of magic in the process of combining caustic lye with greasy fats, all in an effort to make “real soap” for cleansing one’s body. For him, the excitement of arriving at the final product never wanes.
Family heritage, a desire for simplicity, and scientific intrigue, underscore the core values on which Matthew has built his business. The result: “real soap for natural living”. That’s what you’ll find with Saranac Mountain Hearth.