About Eleanor Reily
Eleanor Reily Handmade
Soaps is the culmination of a life-long interest in natural
products; sensitivity to chemical fragrances, dyes and
preservatives; a need for creative expression, and a little
boy who loves taking baths.
As long as I can remember,
I have been extremely sensitive to most mass-produced soaps,
bath products and cosmetics.
As a pre-teen I researched and experimented with
home-made facial and hair treatments,
which began a far-reaching interest in all things
natural. When my
son was a toddler, with a skin condition easily exacerbated by
both chemical and environmental factors, I realized that there
was a great need for something other than the fun, colorful,
fragrant bath products we both loved.
I tried all types of soaps, body washes, etc., but was
not convinced that I was providing either of us with the best
products possible. Having
had much success with creating my own natural remedies and
treatments, I turned my attention to soap making.
Concentrating first on my
son's and other kids' likes, I decided on pure, unscented glycerin
soap, which is extremely gentle and moisturizing.
Using different molds, natural colors and toys embedded
into the soaps, we came up with several every-day and holiday
varieties which he loves.
Turning my attention to my own adult preferences, I
decided to use olive oil as a base, essential oils for their
scents and therapeutic properties, and pure vegetable and
mineral colorants. Being
aware of many other handmade, natural soaps being offered, I
also decided to make my soaps beautiful, using artist-designed
soap molds and luxurious wrappings such as tulle, satin
ribbons and handmade Japanese papers.
The result of these
endeavors is a growing business based in Chicago, with a loyal
customer base and the opportunity to share my experiences and
vision with others who are looking for the best soaps
available, made naturally and with an artistic flair.
I have learned a lot from my son, my family and my
customers, and am continually striving to create products that
equal my passion for being clean, green and