Elisa Vanderschuit is the owner and creator of Song of a Sparrow handmade soap, candles, and knitted creations. She resides in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in Tennessee with her husband. Elisa has a deep love and appreciation for nature and being outdoors. Being surrounded by nature gives her inspiration to create soaps that are beautiful in their simplicity and nourishing to the skin. She's been making all natural, plant-based, cold process soap, free of toxins and artificial ingredients since 2013. She only uses pure essential oils and botanicals, no fragrance or perfumes.
Song of a Sparrow soaps are lovingly hand-poured in small batches and then each bar is carefully wrapped after it has cured. The bars are large at approximately 5 ounces each and last a long time if kept in a dish with drainage holes. All of her soaps have a creamy and bubbly lather and are nondrying.
Song of a Sparrow strives to practice sustainability to protect our natural environment and human health. 100% recycled and post-consumer waste kraft paper is used for the labels and packaging. After the soap is cut into bars, the leftover ends are used for samples and soap chip sets so none is wasted. Also, Song of a Sparrow soaps are made with RSPO-Certified Sustainable Palm Oil. Members of the RSPO are certified plantations that do not use Rain Forest land or practice deforestation to expand their crops. Responsibly-produced palm oil helps to reduce deforestation and also protects and respects wildlife in palm oil-producing countries. Palm oil is also a natural source of vitamins A, C, and E, which also have antioxidant and anti-aging properties. In addition to this positive effect on your skin, palm oil is also a good moisturizer, and promotes smoother and healthier skin as many natural skincare products do.
Around the same time she began making soap, Elisa learned how to knit from her mother-in-law. Besides being a creative outlet for her, she finds knitting to be therapeutic and relaxing. She first learned how to make beanies and scarves for her family and friends and then eventually sweaters and blankets.
The name Song of a Sparrow was inspired by the old gospel hymn "His Eye is on the Sparrow."
“Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely
and long for Heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion
My constant friend is He;
His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.”
Elisa would love to hear from you! Please message her with any questions, comments or feedback you may have.
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