Lamoille Housing benefit soap

Soap Kettle Creations in Hyde Park is selling special lotion bars to raise money for the Lamoille Housing Partnership.

Proceeds will go toward the local nonprofit organization’s efforts to develop affordable housing.

Stacey Emerson, owner of Soap Kettle Creations, began her company after years of creating skin-care products for her family, made from high-quality, plant-based ingredients.

Outside of her company, Emerson advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities, is a mother and wife of people with autism, and is earning her graduate degree in psychology.

Emerson learned about Lamoille Housing Partnership through social media and “decided this was an organization I wanted to support,” Emerson said. “I knew that a lotion bar in the shape of the house would be perfect for a fundraising collaboration.”

“We were equal parts surprised and excited when Stacey brought us the collaboration idea,” said Kerrie Lohr, public relations manager for the housing group.

The Lamoille Housing Partnership lotion bars retail for $3 each, with $2 from each sale donated to the nonprofit. The solid bars are unscented, made from a blend of eight plant-based oils and butters and organic yellow beeswax.

Emerson is also crafting limited-batch Heady Topper soap, through her Vermont Brews & Bubbles soap line, to benefit the housing organization — each retails for $9, with all the proceeds donated to the housing partnership.

The lotion and soap bars can be purchased Thursday, July 12, at The Alchemist brewery’s Thursday Night on the Lawn series in Stowe, or on Aug. 3 in Johnson at the Summer Harvest for Housing, the housing partnership’s community dinner fundraiser.

Information about both events: lamoillehousing.org.

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