We got our three dogs from the pound. They were all "used" dogs. I was a "used" or secondhand husband. Rebecca was a secondhand wife, so we're all secondhand dogs at our place. Sometimes slightly used is better than new. ---Bill Kissel
A few years ago we were traveling by RV through Nebraska. At a state park there we purchased some handmade beef tallow soap from a pretty little rangerette at a pioneer crafts exhibit. On the way home, I discovered that this soap not only made me feel wonderful all over, but was soothing the dermatitis on my hand, which I got from eating too many strawberries. When we got home, I wanted to buy more, but was unable to find one of highest quality, without all the dyes, perfumes or addititives other soap makers use.
Major Bill with his RV, his Jeep, and the Secondhand Dogs dogs. A man who has everything.
At this point, Bill turned to me and said, "I'll make you the finest soap, myself." And he did.
Bill is a retired Army officer and an award-winning retired high school physics teacher, so soap making was right up his alley. After a certain amount of research, he found the perfect recipe, and Major Bill's 100% Beef Tallow soap was born. Naturally, one thing led to another and he soon began experimenting with different oils and ingredients, always insisting on the purest. We currently have a line of eight different soaps.
Rebecca at work painting plein aire
Now, I am a professional portrait painter, and didn't want to be left out of the process, so I paint the little watercolor pictures and drawings used for the labels of our soap. (There's a little piece of art on every bar...)
Bill has also launched into making a superior "lip balm," which has proven to be enormously popular. I like it so much that I asked him to put it in a larger container, and this is the only "body balm" I use for face, cuticles, and feet. You'll find these under "Lip Lubes and Balms."
We have shared this soap with friends and family and received such positive feedback from them, that we decided to offer our works to the rest of the world. ----Rebecca Kissel