The View From Watery Mountain

COVID-19 Update

Last year was fantastic for our small, family business and we were looking forward to building on that momentum this year.  We had plans to bring you new and exciting products and we committed to three farmers markets and more special events than ever before.  Then, COVID-19 happened. All of the spring and summer events were cancelled.  I have already received notice that a popular winter holiday show has been cancelled and I expect more will follow.  Many of these are held in gymnasiums and auditoriums, and the schools are understandably focused on keeping their premises safe for their students,...

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Pre-pay and Pick Up in Remington!

Pre-pay and Pick Up in Remington!

The Remington Community Garden has generously offered to put together a farmers market that complies with current best practices for social distancing!  Thank you, Remington, for supporting your community and local producers ❤️ * Order from individual vendors by noon on Friday (you can order from both Hock Newberry Farm and Watery Mountain Essentials on this website) * Pick up your prepaid orders on Saturday at 150 W Bowen St in Remington, Va * There will be no direct sales or browsing, so order in advance! So far, we expect to have baked goods, locally-raised meats, organic eggs, bath and...

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Our New Reality

Dear Friends of Watery Mountain Essentials, I hope you're all doing as well as possible with the many challenges and changes we're experiencing in our professional, personal, and social lives.  Needless to say, all of my upcoming markets have been cancelled or postponed.  I know that customers still need my products, though, so I'm trying to develop a new model to keep you supplied.   I've posted all of the bar soap and hand wash products I have available right now.  They'll be available for prepaid pick-up only, with meeting times and locations posted on the website and on Facebook...

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What's up with those shampoo bars?

What's up with those shampoo bars?

I’ve been formulating shampoo bars for family and friends for several years, but just recently introduced them to the Watery Mountain Essentials line of products as part of our effort to reduce plastic waste.  You love the idea of shampoo bars, but you have questions, so I’ll share what I know. If you’re just wondering which line of Watery Mountain Essentials shampoo bars is right for your hair, you’ll find more information at the end of this post. Why shampoo bars? Shampoo bars are fantastically convenient and make it easy to take your preferred shampoo with you when you travel...

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What Is Cosmetic Formulation? Part 2: Surfactants

In technical terms, a surfactant is a compound that lowers the surface tension between water and other substances.  They’re very effective cleansers, lifting dirt and oils from surfaces and keeping them separate so they can be rinsed away.  Soap made from vegetable or animal fats mixed with an alkali substance has been used since at least 2800BCE and is the earliest known surfactant. In the 20th century soap shortages during and after World War II lead to the development of synthetic surfactants, often called detergents.  Many of the modern products we think of as bar soaps (for example, Dove and...

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