Hi! I'm Tarra Hardeman, the founder and Creative Director of this wonderful company - Carmel Soap! I was born in Carmel, California and was raised in California, Hawaii and Maryland by a single mother. I'm the mother to four amazing children - my oldest is 28 and my baby is 9. I always aspired to be the best mom possible and Carmel Soap was a result of a major disappointment with the status quo.
One day I purchased a big brand name, supposedly natural, baby body wash from a large retailer. I opened to find the scent of an industrial window cleaner. I was surprised and confused. I reviewed the ingredients and didn't understand any of the listings. I spent the next several hours researching all of the ingredients in all of that bottle and even in all of the products in my home. Turns out, I had spent my hard-earned money on detergent, water and fragrance.
I was appalled that these ingredients were allowed to be called "natural", "pure" and other terms that earn consumer trust. I knew I couldn't continue to use all of those products, but what to use? That was the beginning of weeks, then months of researching, reading, and experimentation. This is how our skincare business journey began.
Carmel Soap (formerly Paisley Naturals) was born. We now handcraft the best artisan soaps, lotions, scrubs, and other awesomely natural products - from scratch - made with only natural plant-based ingredients. The goal is to keep each product as close to natural as possible. No micas, no SLS, no silicones, no animal fats, no detergents or other chemicals. Only quality, from scratch and honest products - handmade in San Antonio.
As a family-owned business, we are pleased to announce the opening of our first commercial location in the Hollywood Park area of San Antonio. Come see us at 17000 San Pedro Avenue, Suite 1101, SATX 78232! Our goal is to educate, share our craft and provide amazing natural products at an affordable price. Feel free to reach out, take a class or visit us in person to see what's next!
Genuinely handcrafted and honest.
"It is amazing! It's smooth and and rich. I am very pleased. I will definitely buy this again." S.W.
"I got this set for a friend's birthday gift. It smelled amazing and she loved it! Thank you!" M.W.
"With other moisturizers my skin is super oily at the end of the day. This leaves my skin feeling great from the time I apply it until bedtime." R.N.
Such a calming scent and leaves a light floral scent" E.T.
"BEST scrub EVER!!
Sugar melts as you scrub without hurting your skin, just sloughing off the dead skin. The Stress Free is my absolute favorite. It is truly a stress-buster! Soft, smooth, refreshed skin! This doesn't have the burn from salt. No perfume smell, just natural essential oils which also scent your whole bathroom." C.M.