I had the pleasure of discovering a delightful shop in New Holland, Pennsylvania this past Saturday called; Garden Path Soap. The moment you walk in the door at Sylvia Fisher’s shop, the lovely scents from the soaps and candles are the first thing to greet you. This shop is small, but very impressive. Sylvia is able to make a lovely presentation in a limited space. While there I learned that all of her soaps and candles are hand cut, and hand poured using only the freshest herbs, and essential oils to create them. The products that are carried at Garden Path Soap are all natural. Sylvia grows most of the herbs for her products in her gardens at the side of her store, and the ones that cannot be grown in this area she has shipped to her.
I have one of her palm wax candles burning on my desk right now. The rich, intoxicating Lavender scent fills my room as I write. The candles are made with lead free wicks, palm wax, and richly scented with pure essential oils. Palm wax is clean burning and the lead free wicks are an added benefit! The candles are available in 30 different enticing scents that include; Spiced Apple, Peppermint, Pears & Berries, Blueberry Muffin, and many more. All of the candles are hand poured in small batches. They are sold in half pint glass containers with a gold lid. All are embellished with a raffia bow and a small tin star. These make great items for gift giving!
The soap display was full of several different scented soaps. Sylvia carries two kinds of soap; Herbal Lye Soap and natural Glycerin Soap. The Herbal Lye is handmade and made with pure saponified oils; olive oil for softness, palm oil for lather, and coconut oil for cleansing strength. They are then combined with cream butters, herbs, and other high quality oils. Each type of soap is made in small batches and then hand cut. They are cured and air dried for 3-6 weeks, allowing them to harden naturally. Most of the Herbal Lye soaps have a healing property to them. The Lavender Shea includes Shea butter to nourish and moisturize damaged, dry skin. Honey Oatmeal includes honey and oatmeal flakes that are very soothing to sensitive skin. Honey is also known as a natural anti-bacterial.
There are 20 different types of Herbal Lye soaps to choose from including a Shampoo bar, and Laundry Soap Flakes.
The hand cut Natural Glycerin Soaps are all highly scented with 26 scents to choose from including; Bubblegum, Eucalyptus Spearmint, Lavender, and Rosemary! Garden Path Soap also offers the option to buy a 2 lb. block of soap to cut to your own preference size bars. It is sold at a discounted price.
Besides all of the wonderful soaps and candles that are available, Garden Path Shop also carries Hand and Body Lotions (available in nine different scents), Bug-Away Spray, Bath Salts, Baby Soap, Gift Baskets, and Herbal Slaves. Sylvia makes four different herbal salves; All Purpose Healing Salve, Poison Ivy Salve, Herbal Lip Balm, and Dream Balm. I chose the Dream Balm to help me through my restless nights. The balm has only natural ingredients which are; Olive Oil, Lavender flowers, Mugwort, Hops, Roses, Chamomile, Rosemary, Beeswax, and pure essential oils. When you open the jar it is like stepping into a filed of fresh lavender! You are supposed to rub a little of the salve on your temples to help you sleep better. I have not tried it as of yet, but plan to give it a try this evening. I really enjoy the rich lavender scent and would consider wearing this as a perfume.
Sylvia started her business 7-1/2 years ago when she saw a need for all natural soaps, candles, lotions, and salves in the area. She decided to start her own business making high quality all natural products.
Garden Path Soap is located at; 604 Peters Rd. in New Holland, Pennsylvania.
Store hours are Monday-Saturday – Dawn to Dusk. Closed on Sundays and major holidays.
Sylvia also welcomes mail orders.
Call; 717-355-2894, and she will be glad to send you a brochure and price list.
Next time we will visit; Groffdale Meadows Dairy Farm Fresh Cheese. A great little store located on a dairy farm in New Holland, Pennsylvania.