Garden-Fresh Organic Soaps from the Paris Market Line

Garden-Fresh Organic Soaps from the Paris Market Line

Kathryn Wright
Jun 8, 2010

Offering everything from vegan soaps and laundry detergent to upcycled soap dishes, Mary De Angelis' Paris Market line provides a fantastic organic, handmade option for personal and home care. Paris Market products capture the charm and elegance of old-world living in the French countryside.

A French mother who raised six children on garden fresh meals and home-baked breads, and a grandmother whose Currier & Ives style New Hampshire farm that was a second home in the summertime, serve as inspiration for Mary De Angelis' Paris Market line. What really makes this line perfect is Mary's genuine interest in sharing the simple life and the joys that come from things such as the smell of linens lined-dried in the sun and capturing the freshness of organic home-grown herbs.

The FDA recently concluded that 60% of what we put on our skin can go directly into our bloodstream. This finding really underlines the need to seek out products that do not use harsh chemicals or toxins. Mary has an insatiable enthusiasm for offering products that use natural renewable materials and are healthy and safe for her customers to use. The Paris Market line is really the opposite of the mass-produced bottom-line business model; it provides a socially-responsible and practical option for products that are uncompromising on the importance of the customer and the planet.

A product highlight is the best-selling organic vegan laundry soap which takes only a rounded tablespoon of the product per load to keep your clothes sparkling clean. Each bag contains a generous pound of soap, enough to clean 36 to 64 loads at a cost of about 35 cents per load. Other highlights include vegan soaps, upcycled fixtures, and personalized wedding and baby shower favors.

The Paris Market line is available online through Mary's Etsy shop, and in the following retailers:

  • The Bohemians, in Brantome France
  • Kaza Designs in Concord N.H.
  • Concord Cooperative Market, N.H.
  • Caring Gifts, N.H.
  • The Pine Bough, N.H.
  • The Kearsarge Market, N.H.
  • Colonial Village Market, N.H.
  • The Royall House, MA
  • The Vintage Flea, GA
  • The Interior Devine, MA
  • The New London Co-op, N.H.
  • Vivo!, Annapolis, MD
  • Moonhill Mecantile, WIS
  • Dutch Rose, NJ
  • Botanys Desire, CA

A source of inspiration for this line was Mary's grandmother's soap-making room:

"They lived an old-world life, something that we as a nation are yearning for again. There set down in the back room above the barn, we would find wonderful trays of creamy white homemade soap curing. They used this soap for everything, even grating it into the wash water. This soap was earthy and real, like nothing you could buy. And by the way, my Grandmother had the most beautiful dewy skin, the soap was the secret!"
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