Debra Hendron began her apprenticeship as a soap maker at the ripe old age of eight. Barely nose-high to the kitchen countertop, experimenting with her first batch of herbal soap was merely a stepping-stone for Debra on her path towards keeping a family tradition alive.
With her grandmother a soap maker, and her mother an herbalist, it seems only natural that Debra would inherit their green thumbs. But by taking what she learned from her family matriarchs and instilling her own fertile creativity, Debra’s inspired formulations have created not just one line of body care products but now 3. The newest of these ventures is Arcadia Valley Soap.
Moving to Ironton, Missouri in 2012, Debra fell in love with this beautiful region known as Arcadia Valley here in SE Missouri. Whether it's the spectacular beauty of the State Parks, the inspiring people or historic events, the line of AV Soaps are based Debra's love of botany and history. With a passion for reinventing traditional recipes, Debra is not afraid to plunge elbow-deep into the muck and mud if it results in a product that is both beneficial and beautifying for her clients. Botanical Earth’s full roster of 100% vegan soaps, balms and salves, as well as pet care items and products for the home, benefits the consumer while remaining mindful of its effect on the environment.
By recreating historic & vintage recipes for MoSoap with recipes from her family, Debra provides customers with time honored, traditional products that many remember from childhood.
When it comes to creating innovatively indulgent products that promote sustainability, soap maker Debra Hendron has her feet planted solidly on terra firma.
About Debra and soapmaking in 573 Magazine
About Debra and soapmaking "Soap Regained" on HOGSALT
SEMissourian's article called "No Lye" - Read the article here
Want to keep with Debra's other adventures in restoring old buildings, building a microbrewery or re-establishing the 1906 Commercial Hotel? Check out @DiscoverArcadiaValley either on Instagram or Facebook.