Henry County Art & Craft Guild Show

Sisters Hines, Magera
find lucrative hobby
making soap

They plan to appear at
Henry Co. Arts & Crafts Guild Show

NEW CASTLE, Ky. (September 2013) – Sisters Debra Hines and Marilyn Magera spent many years researching soap until they found a process they liked and began making soap for themselves and friends. Their natural soap has become so popular that they now set up at local farmers markets and festivals.
Hines said the two women “became very health conscience as we got older. We read labels and would talk about how many chemicals there are in commercial soap.”
Hines spent years researching soap, as did her sister. “We were both interested in it, but did not know that the other was interested,” said Magera.


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Sisters Debra Hines and Marilyn Magera have developed their own brand of popular soaps.

“I have a grandchild with eczema and skin issues,” Magera said. “I wanted to give my grandchild a healthier product to use on their skin.”
Hines and Magera began their business in 2012 and call it Clear Creek Natural Soap. They will be among the exhibitors at the 14th annual Henry County Arts & Crafts Guild show, set to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14., at the 4-H Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds, just outside of New Castle.
“We have a great number of booths this year and they’re all different,” said Sharon Silvers, guild president. A lot of attendees are from outside of the county, she said.
The thing that has kept the show going for 14 years has been the fact that, “The people of Henry County really support us,” said Silvers. “People come who are looking for a unique or artistic item.”
Hines and Magera make their soap at Magera’s house on Clear Creek Road in Eminence.
Magera has lived in Henry County for more than 30 years.
“It has been an interest to me for years,” Magera said. “I used to paint, and I’ve always loved to do creative things.” For the last 12 years, she has worked as a floral manager at Kroger.
“When I worked full time, it was impossible to do this,” she said. Once she retired she had more personal time and decided to devote it to making natural soap.
“It takes a couple of hours to make a batch of soap,” said Hines. They use a hot process to make their natural soaps, whereas most people use a cold process in which it takes 30 days to cure the soap. The sisters have their own recipes and learned to make soap by taking online classes, doing lots of research and relying heavily on well-known books on the subject.
You need lye, oil and heat to create a process to turn these three products into soap, said Hines. Their soaps are PH tested and are mild and safe to use.
Both sisters agree that Mud Lite is their best-selling soap. It is made of Dead Sea mud from Israel that contains more than 20 minerals. “It’s excellent for your skin,” said Hines.
“It can actually be used all over your body,” said Magera. “It balances out the oils in your skin and removes toxins. It’s also good for curing acne. I’ve never had a negative comment about it.”
The Guild community itself has also been a huge contributor to the success of the event, Silvers said. “They really get involved. It’s their creative spirit that keeps us going.”
Available at the show will be ribeye sandwiches and soft drinks by the Cattleman’s Association. Guild members will provide pies, cakes, coffee and tea. The Merry Melodious Dulcimers will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Guild has been increasing its membership in the last few months. “We have had five artists jury in since February,” Silvers said.
Hines said she joined the guild because she saw it as “a good way to network with other people of like mind.” She was encouraged to join by a friend.
The sisters participate in the Oldham County Farmers Market in La Grange every Saturday. They will also take part in a show in Shelbyville later this year, known as Trims & Whims.
In addition to natural soaps, they make lip balm, cuticle cream, mineral bath salts, liquid hand soap, body scrubs and Dead Sea salt scrubs.

• For more information on the Henry County Arts & Crafts Guild show, contact Silvers at (502) 845-4560.

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