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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: March 28, 2013

All-natural, locally made and good for your body: Maine Mountain Soap and Candle

The average woman puts over 500 chemicals on her body every day. I shudder at the thought. Most of what we put on our body, from shampoo to nail polish to shaving cream, isn’t even FDA approved. Without getting too preachy (since y’all know I love my lipstick), I’ve become more picky over the years about what I use as part of my daily beauty routine. Whenever possible, I try to find products that are all-natural and in the best cases, made in Maine. The problem is often that these organic, all-natural beauty products do cost quite a bit more. But there are affordable options that work. Enter my most recent solution for both: Maine Mountain Soap & Candle Co.

Based in Greenville, Maine Mountain started making all-natural soaps almost 20 years ago. The great debate is, and always has been, what this “all-natural” really means. Maine Mountain uses only natural ingredients (like, essential oils versus fragrance oils). For example, their chapstick ingredients from them reads: shea butter, beeswax, organic coconut oil, essential tea tree and peppermint oils and vitamin E and zinc oxide (which is a natural SPF). There aren’t any unpronounceable chemicals or fake additions.

Josh and Heather Brown, who aquired Maine Mountain in August, have pledged to ensure that the products they produce meet the same high standards of quality that have been in place for nearly two decades. They’ll also continue to expand and develop new products to meet their growing customer’s lifestyles.

Their soaps are made created by hand in small batches with shea butter and beeswax, saponified palm, coconut, olive and/or almond oils, pure essential oils and vitamin E. Other ingredients are added to give each kind its individual properties. Not to get all infomercial on you, but my skin has never felt cleaner.

If you love to “set the mood” in your home on a nightly basis like me, I also highly recommend their candles. They burn slowly and don’t let off heavily fragranced scents that give me headaches.

Though I’m always drawn to classic, vegetable based-soaps — and theirs are no exception in scents like Tea Tree Orange (which is great for your complexion too), but the felted soap is my new FAVORITE and serves as an exfoliator-cleanser in one.

The felted soaps are organically-dyed and made from locally farmed wool. It’s so pretty it’s almost hard for me to use in the shower.

I hope you’ll give Maine Mountain a try. You can order directly from their website or check out their etsy shop too.

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