Our Story

Can a bar of soap bring you comfort, relief, a sense of well-being or hope? We at Bay Area Raw Soap believe it can! 

Picture courtesy of fruity monkey

Picture courtesy of fruity monkey

The idea for Bay Area Raw Soap began many years ago, when our second child was born. He has many food allergies. As time passed, we discovered he also has allergies to many of the seasonal pollens and grasses of the California Bay Area. We began intently reading labels, educating ourselves on the many ingredients in the products we use daily; especially in body care products. We also examined the foods we eat and changed our diet accordingly.  The baby soap that we were using was full of chemicals that we thought were unnecessary, and left his skin stripped of moisture, feeling dry and itchy. Sometime during this search we had the idea of making our own soap. It had to be a soap that would gently cleanse his sensitive, irritated skin. One that would not strip the natural oils on his body, nor leave his skin feeling tight and uncomfortable. We began reading books on soap making, and trying simple soap recipes. One of the first soaps that he tried was an olive oil soap, called Castile Soap. I remember waiting for him to come out of the bathroom, hoping and praying that it would help give him relief from his constant state of itchiness. The door opened, and he was smiling! "Mom my skin feels so good and it doesn't itch at all!" Comfort, relief, a sense of well-being...hope! This is what we offer to you.