Freedom Soap Company
Made from scratch, Freedom Soap Company has been owned and operated by Chastity Curtis in Birmingham since 2012. Every one of their soaps and skin-care products is made in small batches so that everything has the utmost attention to detail. And everything is made from scratch with essential oils, natural plant materials and clays. And they’re all locally sourced, if possible. Simple, sustainable and high-quality ingredients give you a quality natural product. Indulge in the best nature and Freedom Soap Company have to offer when you stop by Birmingham.
A CHAT WITH FREEDOM SOAP COMPANY
Tell us about what you make.
Freedom Soap Co. is an all-natural soap and skincare company. All of my soaps are free of synthetic chemicals as well as unsustainable palm oil, which is usually found in most commercial and even handmade soaps. Each product I create is made entirely by hand with the highest quality ingredients and therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Tell us about your background. What brought you to Alabama in the first place? Are you native or a transplant?
I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, and then moved to Atlanta for seven years before returning back to Alabama in 2005 to pursue my masters in elementary education in Birmingham. I taught third grade for four years at an inner-city public school before making the transition to be a soap maker full time.
You could make your product/service anywhere. Why do you make things in Alabama?
Alabama is home. I’ve received amazing support over the years from my customers and the local community. It’s always humbling to hear how my products have helped people, or changed the way they think about their health and well-being. I don’t know that you’d get the same kind of support and genuine feedback anywhere else.
What inspires you to make your product/service? Was Alabama behind any of the inspiration behind your product/service?
I’m always inspired by natural approaches to living and healing. Nature has much to offer us in terms of sensory and healing properties, and living in a state as ecologically diverse as Alabama is a bonus. Many of my products are inspired by my immediate resources and our local seasons or places. I make a strong effort to utilize local ingredients whenever possible. For example, I’m from South Alabama, so the Sea Kelp bar was formulated to be reminiscent of the Gulf Coast. And one of the very first soaps I made was from Satsuma oranges my husband and I picked while back home on Dauphin Island.
What do you think makes Alabama makers different?
I think what makes Alabama makers different is that they bring a real authenticity to the products they’re making. They’re also are very supportive of one another. That support and honesty to their trade is reflected in their success.
Which Alabama makers inspire you?
Right now, I’m most inspired by our friends Harvest Roots Farm and Ferment in Mentone. They’re a couple who is doing some really original stuff with their foraged kombucha and fermented vegetable products. A big focus for them is also education, which I think is pretty cool. I’m also really inspired by Flannel and Floral out of Brewton, who make some really incredible wood products. I have several pieces from them that I really love.
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