StouderHouse was founded in 2012, but the research and experimentation began about 10 years before that. Most of our extended family members were suffering from eczema - some for decades. When our little ones began to have problems, I decided something must be done. I began with the Laundry Soap and loved the results; it's ideal for the laundry of those with sensitive skin.
Once that problem was conquered, I began learning how to make soap. I started with the old-fashioned method of leaching rainwater through hardwood ashes to make the lye, then boiling the soap for hours over a fire in the yard. Although I enjoyed and had success in making soap this way, I needed a more reliable and stable recipe. I began learning about the different oils and their unique qualities, about superfatting as a means of making moisturizing soap, and about the differences between essential and fragrance oils and how they behave in soap.
Then the experiments began. Yes, I ruined a few kitchen utensils and bowls, got some soap in the biscuits one day (a hazard of making soap in your family kitchen), and had more than one batch that went in the trash. Eventually, I perfected a few recipes and my technique. Our immediate family was using the soap with fantastic results. At Christmas, I packaged up boxes of soap and sent it out as presents to extended family. They wanted more!
After a number of years of positive feedback on the soaps and experimenting with other products, I began to think I should listen to the advice I was receiving and try marketing my products. Now, after several years of selling at farmers markets and responding to the feedback of my wonderful customers in addition to my family and friends - oh! and the addition of my soap kitchen, so no more soapy biscuits or biscuit-y soap! - I am ready for a larger audience.
I do hope you enjoy all of the products you purchase from StouderHouse. I am so honored to be able to help so many people suffering from the same types of problems our family was having.