News from the Portsmouth Soap CompanyJune 16, 2020Portsmouth Soap Company Newsletter ~ Summer 2020
Every Face Deserves a Face Mask
Businesses, restaurants and other organizations are in need of face masks, in order to open during the Covid-19 pandemic and adhere to safety guidelines for the benefit of customers and staff. Portsmouth Soap Company and Kennedy Gallery have teamed up to help distribute cloth masks to local businesses and employees of the Seacoast. Masks are free of charge, courtesy of the Seacoast Mask Makers. Visit www.seacoastmaskmakers.org to learn how you can help or to see the real time tally of where they stand. As of this writing, the group of dedicated sewers has made 46,000 masks in order to help 285 organizations such as nursing homes, grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals and many essential businesses. Simply contact us if your group or business can use masks made of 100% cotton.
Only need a few masks for personal use? You’ll find decorative face masks sewn by our friends and family right here at Portsmouth Soap Company. These are non-medical cloth face masks with ties, made of polka dot or floral cotton and sell for $5. All of the proceeds from sales of these masks in May and June are going to Black Heritage Trail New Hampshire. There’s no reason to be without face covering, at home or at work, and we can even appeal to your designer side with these decorative masks.
Proceeds to support Black Heritage Trail of NH
Known as “Juneteenth," June 19th is the oldest known nationally-celebrated event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The Black Heritage Trail of NH (BHTNH) is an organization that promotes appreciation of African American history and supports inclusivity in our community. They have put together a virtual celebration here in Portsmouth to commemorate Juneteenth, 2020. Visit this link to their website to learn more of the specifics of the June 18, 19 and 20 planned events.
Meet Alex and Jenny Corbett and Our New Beard Soap
Alex, his wife Jenny and mini-poodle live in Hampton, NH and are frequent visitors to the Portsmouth Soap Company. On one visit, Alex, a NH native who is recently returned from Chicago and works in the barber industry, asked if we carried beard soaps. We said no, not at that time, but were willing to try, if he was willing to become a tester! Now we offer beard soap, beard oil -- and we created a Beard Soap Set just in time for Father’s Day. Thank you, Alex, who had this to share:
Hello Portsmouth Soap company!
This is Alex - you recently dropped off a beard soap for me to test out. I LOVED it. The moisturizing qualities have been great for my coarse, curly hair and my skin is feeling fresh. The soap lathers nicely and is easily stored. Your product is very different from other beard soaps on the market and I love that about it. My only feedback is that I was looking for a stronger fragrance. Having an unscented or lightly scented product is essential, because some men really don’t want to smell their soaps. I, on the other hand, love a nice woodsy aroma. Maybe a cedarwood or sandalwood. Careful! You can't go wrong with some citrus such as a bergamot or a lime/sage combo.
I just wanted to say thank you again so much for allowing me to test out your newly developed product. My wife and I are big fans of your shop and we love supporting local.
Alex C., Hampton, NH
Thank you Alex, we really value your feedback!
If you're Interested in being coming a tester of new products? Just let us know!
Unique Gifts for Dads on Father’s Day
Dads are tough. We depend on them for so much. But they have a sensitive side! Based on their different interests and personalities, we’ve put together some unique gift basket ideas if you haven’t already chosen a present for your Pop.
Portsman Gift Package
Developed for taking the very best care of his beard, this set includes our handmade Beard Soap, our All-Natural Beard Oil, locally made 100% Cotton Wash Mitt and a handy, folding Moustache & Beard Comb. Gift Price $40
Dad, You’re One in a Melon!
Our Father's Day Gift Basket includes our Limited-Edition Handmade Watermelon Soap Bar, Portsmouth Soap Baseball Cap, Fireside Tin Candle, Canoe Match Box and our all-natural Shower Steamer. Gift Price $44
Tee it Up! Golf Gift Package
Ideal if Dad’s a golfer! Set includes our travel size Star Island Body Wash and Lotion set, Peppermint Lip Balm, Portsmouth Tug embroidered Golf Towel and a set of 3 Titleist Pro V1 golf balls with our Portsmouth Tug logo. Gift Price $48
Men’s Shaving Kit
For men who take shaving seriously, we’ve created a soothing experience that includes our handmade Shaving Soap, Alum Sticks, Shaving Bowl & Brush Set and super-moisturizing Shaving Balm. Gift Price $45
Portsmouth Ale Gift Package
Support his micro-brewing hobby with this handsome package that includes our handmade Portsmouth Soap made with locally brewed beer, our etched Portsmouth Harbor Beer Glass and Portsmouth Tug Koozie. Gift Price $28
A Personalized Soap Set
If it’s his sensitive skin you’re looking to nourish, personalize a gift just for him. Look at our section of Bar Soaps and choose his favorites. Tough guy? There’s Granite State. Strong, sensitive type? Choose Stormy Night. Oenophile and proud of it? There’s our Wine Bar. We’ll wrap his favorite scents in a decorative Portsmouth Soap Company gift box and he’ll be flattered at your thought.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, granddads, uncles and special guys that love us!
8 oz. Foaming Liquid Hand Soaps are Back in Stock!
If you’ve been missing our wonderful liquid hand soaps, they are back in stock. Gentle and nourishing, with organic ingredients that include sunflower and coconut oils, they are available in a variety of soothing or energizing scents, as well as unscented. Thank you, SKS Packaging of New York, for being able to restock and ship us our bottles. (And remember to bring in your empty plastic foaming soap container for a refill. You’ll save a few dollars and keep from adding plastic to the environment).
School’s Out! Time to Head for the Beach!
Like many parents, we are so grateful for the creativity and dedication of our Seacoast teachers, and praise the patience and resilience of local students of all grades in coming together to prevail despite the need for virtual school attendance. Some of you have attended virtual graduations, and we believe many schools have done an amazing job at making the day a memorable one, while practicing social distancing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
With June 20th approaching, the official First Day of Summer, we hope you’ll all take time to enjoy a much-needed break. Doesn’t a Beach day sound pretty enticing right about now? Since it is one of our favorite places to escape to, you will find many of our soaps are Seacoast and Ocean inspired. From the Beach Girl body scrub, wash and lotion to care for skin at the beach, to a single bar of Sand Castle or our Atlantic Current…take care of your precious skin while you relax at our beautiful beaches and parks.
Stay well and keep washing your hands!
Lauren & Tracey
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