Thank you for visiting.  My name is Bonnie Howard and I am a soapsmith.  My company’s name is The Village Soapsmith LLC.  and we are located in Pinehurst, NC.  As with many people in Pinehurst, I am retired and moved here for the golf.  The first few years I lived here, I played golf nearly every day but I have always needed to be challenged by new things.  I have an independent and self-sufficient spirit but while I was working I didn’t have the interest, time or energy to explore the self-sufficient life style.  The one exception was my love of cooking that I can trace back to winning a ribbon in the State Fair for making a simple sandwich – I really don’t remember much except how thrilled I was to get a ribbon.

I spent my first eleven years on a small farm in West Virginia.  My grandfather also had a saw mill.  He believed that everyone needed to work – he would often quote a Bible verse that says “let a man work so that he may have something to eat.”  He could always find something for us to do – we worked around the house, in the garden, slopped the hogs and feed the chickens.  Sometimes we were even called on to work at the saw mill.  I loved the smell of saw dust.  So it is no surprise that I would think of gardening now that I have some time on my hands and a nice sized backyard.  I started out with a 4 x 8 foot raised bed made from a kit.  But that wasn’t enough – I wanted a big garden with lots of variety.  My self-sufficient personality came out and I bought a miter saw and a load of cedar and started building my own raised beds.  Now I have a workshop with that saw, a table saw, a router and lots of hand saws and look for ways to use them.  I bought a few acres out in the country and just put in a traditional garden.  I am praying the wild life finds others plants more desirable.  We only plowed a small part of the new area – need to make sure I can handle working both locations.

Eating healthier made me think about ways I could improve other areas of my life.  I thought about all the chemicals we put into and on our bodies and decided to take a soap making class.  The first time I used my own soap I was hooked.  I couldn’t believe how much better my skin felt and looked.  My first soaps were very simple plain bars.  But of course I had to learn everything I could about making soap and I discovered some wonderful creative soap makers whose soaps look like works of art.  Now soap making is not only good for my skin but it is a creative outlet.   I am also making all natural lotions, balms and scrubs.

My goal here is chronicle my experiences with these varied endeavors and maybe entertain some readers.


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  1. Bonnie–I am only temporarily a Facebook member. But was looking around and found you! WOW! Your soaps are gorgeous. I had no idea what you were up to, but then how could I? Time goes too fast, my dear friend. The years have gotten away from us. I’m so glad you are happy with your pursuits. I’m so impressed!–Love you. Pat

    1. On Saturday I went to the Barn, flea market, and bought your”Amazing Grace Lotion with Shea Butter and Aloe,” and found it to be truly amazing. It feels soft, smooth and not the least bit “slickery.” Thank you for this great product! Jane Porter.

      1. Thank you Jane. So happy to hear you liked your lotion! Bonnie

  2. l love your southernrose soap and wondering if you can send some to Australia

  3. Trying to determine the diameter of your shave soap to make sure it will fit in my old favorite mug

    1. Skip – my shave soaps are approximately 3″ diameter. If you are thinking of the Old Spice or Bay Rum ones they are a softer soap and you would be able to squeeze it in your cup even if it your cup is smaller. Contact me at thevillagesoapsmith@live.com if have any more questions.

  4. Hello Bonnie,

    The Sandalwood Shave Puck is Excellent!
    Stays moist during shave and dries quickly which is great since I travel.

    Stay safe and keep up the great products.



    1. Thank you Terry. Glad you like it!

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