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Published on April 1st, 2013 | by Publisher, Natural Awakenings New Mexico


Soap for Sensitive Skin

EarthGift Herbals is a perfect example of how a personal crisis gave birth to a premium handmade product; in this case, an organic skin-softening spa soap that the most sensitive skin will welcome and appreciate for its rich emollient and gentle cleansing qualities.

The company started in 1995 in Santa Fe by Asaera Patricia Coté. A jewelry designer at the time, she became seriously ill from working around heavy metals. A subsequent bacterial infection required three courses of the strongest possible antibiotics for her to survive it. While Asaera eventually recovered, her immune system and her skin did not fare so well.

Her skin became overwhelmingly sensitive to almost every commercially made product. That began a study of herbs, herbal remedies and ultimately soap-making. Unable to find anything in the marketplace that wasn’t an irritant, Asaera applied her business skills and created her own products and a company, EarthGift Herbals.

EarthGift’s artisan soap-crafting team uses a proprietary process without palm oil derivatives – the hardening (and drying) ingredient found in most other soaps. Small batches allow for careful quality control. Production operates at least two months ahead to satisfy demand and to accommodate for environmental conditions. “Every effort is given to create the purest products,” says Asaera, “beautiful, sustainable, low-impact, cruelty-free and earth (and skin) friendly.”

EarthGift’s “petite retail” space opens April 18 and luxury soap is available anytime by appointment.

Location: 3620 Wyoming NE in Professional Bldg., Suite 119, Albuquerque. For more information call 505-281-8588 or visit

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