Friday, October 29, 2010

An Interview with Kendal McGillycuddy of McGillycuddy's Naturals

Deb and Kendal McGillycuddy
McGillycuddy's Naturals, web site:

What are you bringing to the Albany Holiday Crafts On Madison Show and Sale?
We have a variety of new molds for our Milk Soaps that we are excited to bring with us.  Some of the new designs this year include more florals and animals.  We have also added a few new scents to our line of Olive Oil Soaps.  And as always we will be bringing a wide variety of natural bath products including Lotion, Lip Balm, Bath Salt, Facial Products, Salt Glow, and much more!  If there is anything you don't want us to forget please let us know!

To help get everyone in the holiday mood we will have a plenty of holiday gift baskets and gift sets that are perfect for easy and unique gift giving!

McGillycuddy soaps
What is your process and/or inspiration?
Everything we offer is hand made locally in Dorloo, NY using all natural ingredients.  Our inspiration for the products we create comes from all over - herbs that are in season, suggestions that our customers make, and most often out of necessity (like something for sunburn relief or chapped skin).  We enjoy every aspect of our business, from creating the products, to designing the packaging, and finally knowing that we are able to offer quality hand-made products to our customers!

Shot in Sharon Springs, NY
What else would you like us to know about yourself?
You may have seen us recently in the reality TV show "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" on Planet Green.  The show follows Sharon Springs, NY residents Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge and they learn to become farmers and create a lifestyle brand.  We make all of the soap for their Beekman1802 line and Deb McGillycuddy - a.k.a. Deb the Soapmaker is a regular on the show.  It has been an amazing year and we are so excited the show was picked up for a second season! 

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