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Worthewait Farmyard Handmade Soap and Bath Treats

Worthewait Farmyard Handmade Soap and Bath Treats

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

I first met Brittany Schiff during one of the many markets that take place in the Valley of the Sun some months ago through another mutual friend. I stopped by her booth during the market and checked out the soaps, bath bombs, lip balms, and sugar scrubs. She had created a piece of soap that looked like the Arizona flag, which I thought was the coolest thing, and was debuting them at the market. I purchased that (naturally), and the Prickly Pear soap. After the market, since I follow her on Instagram, I saw that she eventually created an entire soap collection based on the great state of Arizona! I also saw that she made a bath bomb called ‘Chill Pill.’

On my last trip home, I was able to meet with Brittany at her farm in Gilbert (hence the brand name), meet her goats, and then chatted about her brand. She makes all her bath treats in-house, so as soon as I walked in her home, it smelled oh-so-delightful!

On finding the location of their farm… They had looked for a property where they could start a farm for a better part of seven years, but have honed in on the property they are at now for about five to six years. Once they bought the property, they had to buy all the animal infrastructure. Before they closed on it, she knew she wanted to name the property something that meant something. So Worthewait Farmyard was born.

The soap making was basically a happy accident. She started making soap about two months after the family moved in. At the time, she was baking bread, and would trade bread with a woman who had dairy goats. There was one time when she went over to the woman’s house, where {the woman} was making soap. Brittany thought, ‘Hmmm… I could do that. That’s a homesteading thing to do. So she started making soap. “I made it to be just something else that we made for our family, and not have to rely on the store for. I could make it pretty too…”

One night, she had a group of girlfriends over one night just before Mother’s Day 2016. They saw what she had been working on, and they all wanted to buy some. Even though the soap that was available was just mainly for experimenting, they still insisted on at least donating money. Each girl went home with about three to four bars of soap. She then had more money to buy more supplies. Her grandfather handmade her first set of custom molds. She started out by making two pounds of soap at a time, and in three different varieties; then went to doing 7.5 pounds. Now, she is at about twenty-five pounds, and around fifteen to twenty different varieties. All of her soaps are lard and palm oil free. She uses a sustainably harvested silk fiber in the soap, which makes it feel just so smooth and have that extra lather.

Her one-woman brand has all grown organically by people coming to her, and by word of mouth. One friend who works for Events on Jackson gave the owner of The Farm at South Mountain a lip balm not too long ago, and now Brittany’s products are doing fantastic at their seasonal gift shop, and is her biggest client. Her products are also sold at Everybody Loves Flowers shop inside of Barnone, as well as few boutiques and a salon in Gilbert.

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

About her Arizona collection… It was born on the idea of her being a fourth generation native, and her general love of living in the state. “I wanted to do something that was very specific to Arizona. We have the five C’s of Arizona, which are copper, cotton, climate, cattle, and citrus.” The state flag was her first one, then she wanted to expand on that, which were the five C’s. She said it has taken her about six months to really perfect it. But as you can see in the photo above, she has done a mighty fine job!

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

Along with her usual products, she also offers a sampler pack- which is a full-size bar cut into thirds. There are a dozen different soaps for the price of three full bars, but actually, you get four full bars worth.

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

She is also doing shower steamers for the winter. They are basically bath bombs with menthol and eucalyptus. You put it in the corner of the shower, get it a little bit wet, and just let it steam in the shower to help with sinus or overall relaxation.

Oh, and guys… there are a few of the soaps that are perfect for the men. I HIGHLY recommend “Rugged.”

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

“When I first started out, I thought I was going to make goat’s milk soap. But I then quickly realized how the milk soap market was oversaturated…I wanted to make my soap more of a luxury gifting item. It’s nice…It’s fancy….It’s a nice treat, especially as a busy person and mom. I have a day job that I do from home, I have the farm, the kids…I seldom get time to myself. Being the only girl in the house, the shower is MY time. That’s my time that I can step away…I’m just trying to make soap fun, and make showering not feel like a monotonous thing. I’ll go through my day doing chores, etc, and a shower sometimes feels like ‘Oh I gotta go do that real quick.’ But it should be, at least for me, a time where I can regroup, and if I get a soap that smells nice, that’s a bonus. It’s kinda like a mini spa moment…”

Brittany is right when it comes to her soaps being a mini spa moment. My skin has never felt softer. I also feel great knowing where I get my skincare products from, and that the owner cares to not use non-sustainable and harsh chemicals.

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

(Above) The very first bar of soap.

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

Be sure to follow Worthewait Farmyard on Facebook and Instagram. You can also shop online.

If you have used these products before, what are your favorites? Let me know in the comments.

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

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