Why Sunflower loves Soapwalla:
“Our skin is our largest organ and in order for it to function at its best we must feed it with truly wholesome ingredients. My philosophy: If I refuse to put something in my body, I don’t want to put it on my body either.”
— Rachel Winard, Soapwalla Chef
In 2002 I began making skincare products in my Brooklyn apartment kitchen. I had recently been diagnosed with systemic lupus, a chronic, systemic autoimmune condition that almost always affects the skin, and that led me on a quest to find pure, effective skincare products. What I found were products with ingredients I couldn’t pronounce—and certainly could not put on my sensitive skin. They say “necessity is the mother of invention,” which was certainly true in my case: if I needed a skincare product, I had to formulate one. A few years earlier I had made the decision to forego the classical violin training that had landed me at Juilliard. Columbia Law School followed, and resulted in a short but fierce big law firm career. Clearly, it was now time for another change in the trajectory of my life. I was going to create holistic face and body products of the highest quality, and I was going to make them available for the public.
Creating things with healing plants and foods is something I find irresistible. Leaving the corporate world allowed me to immerse myself in the research and development of the growing line of Soapwalla products. I studied aromatherapy and the therapeutic properties of essential oils. I devoured textbooks on nutritional healing. I read old wives’ tales and current cutting-edge research on herbal therapies and cell regeneration. In 2006, a lupus flare-up landed me on a cocktail of powerful chemicals (chemotherapy and steroid treatments). I felt terrible and could barely function. This was not working and I decided to try an entirely different approach—one more in keeping with my life philosophy… [read more]