Randolph County, NC -- Bernie Caruso has been making soap from scratch in his kitchen for the past five years.
Bernie is the co-owner of Eleanor's Finest, which is named after his wife's late mother. The main ingredient in his soap is from the goats on his farm.
Since the Caruso family had more milk than they could use, Bernie decided to make soap with the help of his degree in chemistry. "I started doing research, learning, experimenting, trying this and that until I came up with a formulation," explained Bernie.
His wife, Ellen, says they sent the soap to family and friends for their feedback. "They called back and said can we order some so we knew we had something really good," said Ellen.
Five years later, Eleanor's Finest now ships across the country and offers 50 different scents, including lavender essential oil, peppermint essential oil, cool citrus basil and black raspberry cream. Customers often mistake the soap for an edible treat. "We had people pick it up and try to taste it, not reading the sign," said Bernie.
The ingredients in the goat milk soap are all natural. "We use eight different oils, coconut, help seed, castor, avocado, rice bran, and palm oils and shea butter. The main oil is olive oil which creates a mild soap," said Bernie. Each bar is also made with only whole goat milk which is rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients good for the skin.
"Once people try it, they find its amazing on their skin. Skin doesn't feel dry, it feels moist and they come back and request more, " said Bernie.
Eleanor's Finest can be found at the Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market in Colfax and online at www.EleanorsFinest.com