We began offering our liquid soap, bar soap, and lotion in January of 2012, and since then, we've been focused on producing small-bath personal care products with scents and packaging inspired by the Adirondack Mountains.
A native of the Finger Lakes region of New York, Matthew has spent more time in the Adirondacks than his hometown of Seneca Falls. When not building products for sales, Matthew enjoys experimenting with new ingredients and formulas. You never know what he'll be making next!
Andrew was born and raised in Lake Placid, New York, and he still calls the Adirondacks "home." As a college professor specializing in Environmental Literature, Andrew's time is split between pedagogy on campus and soap sales at our local farmers' markets and craft shows.
HOW IT STARTED
Family heritage, a desire for simplicity, and scientific intrigue underscore the core values on which Matthew has built Saranac Mountain Hearth.
REad More about our HISTORY and Inspiration
As a result of scarcity during World War II, Matthew's great-aunt learned to cook soap from the natural fats, fragrant herbs, and spring water available on her homestead. And while the end of the war 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 his aunt's soaps that inspired the driving principle for all of the products created by Saranac Mountain Hearth. We, too, have a desire to keep things simple, preferring to handcraft our products in small batches from botanical oils, plant-derived ingredients, and pure Adirondack snowmelt.
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.
Although Matthew has spent a decade reading turn-of-the-century books for large-scale manufacturers, scientific articles about the chemistry behind soap production, and online forums for crafters, 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.
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