I’m a third generation soap maker; I learned from my Grandmother, Rosie Wild, our namesake, to make soaps. I’ve been making soap for 9 years. I founded Wild Rose Soap Co. in 2010, selling natural cold process soaps and body products, as well as teaching soap making classes in the greater Washington, DC area. I have also been working as a pediatric nurse for 11 years, and currently work at Berkeley Medical Center. My philosophy is to incorporate the benefits of natural herbs and essential oils in my soaps, as I find it has great value for health.
My soaps are made with local ingredients, such as local honey, wine, herbs from our garden, goat's milk, mountain snow and rain. I’ve enjoyed meeting and partnering with other local businesses to incorporate their products within mine. More specifically, I use whiskey from a local distillery in our Whiskey Shave Soap and Blue Ridge Moonshine Soap, as well as wine from local wineries in our Lavender Honey Wine Soap and Lemongrass Sea Salt Soap. I use locally-sourced tallow and lard, from a butcher specializing in grass-fed and free-range animals, as part of the base for my soaps, along with olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, and organic shea butter. I use goat’s milk from Shepherd’s Whey Creamery in Shepherdstown, for my Goat’s Milk & Honey Lavender Soap. I also make a Dirty Dog Shampoo bar, which several local pet stores carry in Frederick and Harper’s Ferry. Our laundry soap is a 100% natural blend of tallow and lard, with no added fragrances.
I also carry several other products beyond soap. My herbal bath teas are made with dried organic herbs and essential oils. I make a whipped shea butter lotion, using organic shea butter, coconut oil, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oil. My Heel Balm, for dry feet and skin, is made with local beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, rosemary and peppermint essential oil, and locally-grown healing herbs of comfrey and lavender.
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding is also provided by Washington County Government and generous businesses, organizations and individuals.
The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.