Meet Erin Laraine Groves, owner of Nederland Naturals in Nederland, Colorado. For those of you that remember when I sold my fragrance oils with my former Southern Soapers brand, you will have had many of your items poured, labeled, and packed by none other than Erin Laraine Groves. In the photo at left, you will see Erin in one of the empty BTMS drums, playing around.
Over the course of the first 5 years of my fragrance and supply business, three of my four daughters have worked extensively in the warehouse. During the Summer of 2010 and through the Spring of 2011, three of my daughters worked the warehouse at the same time!
Erin moved to Nederland, Colorado in 2012, had a baby boy (my first grandchild, Robert Burrios), and started Nederland Naturals in 2013. Erin spent many years watching and/or assisting me with my own wholesale soap company (BloomWorks Soap Company), as well as the Southern Soapers branded supply business.
Erin has her soaps in 6 stores in the Nederland, Colorado area as well as an Etsy store
Using fragrances inspired by the city she loves, Erin Groves makes soap a new old-fashioned way. As a child she learned the process from her mother.
“My mother taught me the art of soap-making,” says Groves, founder of Nederland Naturals. “Helping her stir, cut and package soap bars is among some of my best childhood memories. When she retired, I continued to experiment with her recipes and invented my own along the way. I was always trying to get her to incorporate crazy things like wild herbs and botanicals into her soap, but she wouldn’t go for it. Now that I have my own soap company, I can add whatever I want.”
You can find Erin on Facebook here, and her Nederland Naturals Facebook page at this location. Below is a gallery of some of her most recent soap creations. Erin uses the Soapalooza fragrances, which are the same formulas I used to sell with the Southern Soapers brand, in her soapmaking.
Awash in creativity, Nederland Naturals offers many handmade bath and beauty products, including soaps, brown sugar body scrubs, body butter, lotion bars, and natural perfume with prices ranging from $5 for a single bar/jar to $35 for a gift basket. All products are made with — and inspired by — local ingredients and fragrances.
“With all of my products, I strive to use formulas and methods that no one else does — even if it means getting really dirty. I love creating soap with a mix of fun, unusual, and natural ingredients for colorants and textures. ” Her top selling soap, Indian Paint Brush, is blended with local red clay. gingered Lavender is made with a beautiful French yellow clay. Other scents like Deep Purple Dreams and Pink Pepper Berry have fun exfoliants like purple jojoba beads and blueberry seeds.
She is currently working on a ‘specialty skin care’ line of soaps inspired by time honored remedies for problem skin, like green clay, pine tar, charcoal, and sulfur. “Everyone’s skin has a natural ‘soap prescription’. I love to work with base oils that are skin type specific.” Her ‘Spiced Pumpkin Harvest’ pumpkin seed oil and goats milk soap for dry skin came out this fall along with ‘Acorns, Amber and Spice’ shimmering shea butter body lotion bars. Look for her products around town in Nederland, Colorado at Dandelion, Blue Owl, Mountain Man, and the Co-op.
I am having so much fun watching my #3 daughter take off with her soapmaking venture!