I never thought I would be the type of person to get excited about soap. It’s a product most of us buy without a second thought despite the fact that our skin is the largest organ of the body and deserves to be treated with care. Then I met Stephen Palacino at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery Holiday Flea in December, bought my first bar of Red Clay Soap, and found a soap worth raving about.
Red Clay Soap is made by John and Rachel Palacino, the owners of Double Blessing Farm outside of Travelers Rest. What makes Red Clay Soap different from all the other soaps out there on the market? The Palacino’s make Red Clay Soap with goat milk from their own goats, vegetable oils instead of lard, essential oils, and a whole lot of passion and skill. What you won’t find in their soap are harsh, unpronounceable chemicals, preservatives, and dyes. The Palacino’s are committed to creating an excellent, wholesome product resulting in satisfied customers with healthy skin.
The Double Blessing in the name of the Palacino farm refers to the fact that, unknown to them, their first goat was pregnant, resulting in two goats for the price of one. However, those words could also be appropriately applied to Rachel and John themselves. They are delightful individuals with a passion for people (and goats!). Whether helping others achieve their dream of homestead farming, combating the misunderstanding and misrepresentation of goats and goat products, or making superior soap, the Palacino’s are committed to making the Upstate a healthier, happier place to live.
I am a huge fan of the Palacino family and Red Clay Soap and I definitely not the only one. John and Rachel receive testimonials from customers, near and far, detailing all the ways Red Clay Soap has improved the condition of their skin. With a wide range of soaps including Rosemary Mint (my current favorite), Oatmeal Honey, Gardeners Blend, Herbal Wild, Spiced Coffee Cake, Orange Vanilla, and Patchouli Honey to name a few, there is something to please everyone. In Red Clay Soap, John and Rachel have created more than just a soap company. They have created a way to help people feel more comfortable in their own skin.
You can find Red Clay Soap in places throughout the Upstate of South Carolina and Western North Carolina including: Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery, Nyla Beans, Skin Sophisticates – in Dallas Skye, Apple Tree Home & Garden, The Country Peddler, Olde Faithful’s Antique Mall, and The Wild Radish. The Palacino’s also sell Red Clay Soap at farmers markets, craft fairs, festivals, and on their website.