The award winning online publication Organic Connections recently interviewed Larry Plesent about how he brought nontoxic soap products into the mainstream with Vermont Soap. Click here to read the full article.
When Vermont Soap’s founder Larry Plesent’s daughter was 4 years old, she asked him what he did for a living. He responded:
Honey, your daddy replaces yucky stuff with yummy stuff for little girls and boys.
And that’s exactly what he’s been doing for the past 20 years.
But it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Larry Plesent. His story begins in his younger years as a window washer and how his body negatively reacted with the chemicals he was using.
I became intolerant of everything in the [window washing] mix, which meant detergents, fake colors, fake fragrances and all detergent chemicals—my body rejected them all. Suddenly I couldn’t use soap; I couldn’t use shampoo; I couldn’t use underarm deodorant.
After seeing a doctor and a dermatologist, neither being able help his severe contact dermatitis, Plesent decided to take matters into his own hands. He experimented with using natural, handmade soaps and made the amazing discovery that his body didn’t negatively react!
I wanted to call up the dermatologist and go, ‘Hey, Doc, I just put you out of business with a bar of farm soap.’
Plesent went into business soon after this discovery, wanting “… to be the guy who took handmade soap and brought it into the general marketplace.” And he did just that with a lot of hard work, passion, and dedication to a high quality product. Plesent proudly stands by his business and products, which are positively impacting the world.
“We provide truly nontoxic, sustainable alternatives for the products that you use every day… We’re in the business of replacing yucky stuff with yummy stuff.”
Read the full article on Organic Connections.