The Outdoor Apothecary
Handmade Herbal Mercantile
Welcome! The Outdoor Apothecary and Handmade Mercantile specializes in handmade soaps, bath salts, healing salves and more- featuring home grown, wildcrafted and bioregionally sourced herbs, unique fragrances, gift-ready packaging, and high-quality skin-friendly ingredients. Our wildcrafted offerings weave the Spirit of Plant Medicine and Ancestral Reverence into each item to bring us back into good relations with our Plant kin, ourselves, our environment & all of Creation.
Holding nature dear to our core values, we create our products as an ode to the power of nature to heal us. We invite you to join us by deepening your relationship with the land and enjoying bioregional skincare rituals.
What's In Your Soap?
What's in your soap? You might not know. The average bar of soap contains up to 80 chemicals, many of which are toxic. You don't need these toxins coming into contact with your skin or entering the environment through wastewater. Organic soaps and bath products are the solution to this problem. Made from natural ingredients, organic soaps and bath products are free of toxic chemicals like paraffin, petrolatum, and sodium lauryl sulfate. They're also great for people with sensitive skin and allergies. There’s no better time than now to switch to organic soaps and bath products.
Handcrafted Herbal Soaps
With the best intentions for your skin in mind, we seek out quality oils, plant-based butters, clay and steam distilled essential oils. We trust that beauty is found by using simple, highly effective products that share with you the healing powers of nature. Our soaps are hand-cut, carefully wrapped, and lovingly labeled to make the perfect gift for you or your loved ones.
“I just love this soap. I have bought many from my local farmers market and on here but this is by far the best. My husband goes to the field a lot since he is a solider and this workers best for that field rash. Thanks!!!
– Lauren Rose
Sacred Plant Medicine
Within every leaf and petal resides deep, sacred magic. Our artisan products are brewed from the heart and steeped in intention to help you evoke the wild beauty within and connect more deeply to the spirit of nature.
All of our herbs, flowers, roots, and barks, come straight from the Earth, procured from local + organic farms and the majestic wilderness of Connecticut forests.
Frequently Asked Questions
Normally, orders ship in 1-2 business days after placing your order. Once your item ships, it should arrive in 1-5 days, depending on where you live. Once your order ships, you will receive an email with a tracking number.
Unfortunately, we do not ship outside of the U.S. right now.
- If there is something wrong with your order when it arrives, please contact us within 3 days of your order arriving. If we have made a mistake with your order, we will fix the issue. Unfortunately, due to the nature of our items, we cannot accept returns unless we have made a mistake with your order. We want you to be happy with your order, so if you have any questions about what you received and/or on how to use it, please just send us an email!
We strive to keep a low ecological footprint. Our minimal packaging consists of recyclable, compostable and reusable materials. We selectively choose plants that are considered weeds or invasive species that grow in thriving communities and carefully harvest them using sustainable methods.
We make our packages as eco-friendly as possible. All orders are packaged in recyclable/reused paper to protect glass items. Liquid items have to go into a plastic bag in case of breakage, but you can reuse this bag to store things in! Any bubble wrap that may be used is reused from packaging that we receive when we order supplies or is made from recycled materials. We encourage you to recycle and/or reuse any packaging and containers that you can!
Our line of products takes into consideration your skin, the plants, the environment, and our deep yearning as humans to connect to the wild. We believe we are a part of nature. It’s time to come home.
We process our harvests by drying, dehydrating, infusing, macerating, and distilling plants for their unique properties. We then create products revolving around the plants’ unique gifts. We carefully choose highly effective ingredients such as organic oils, local clay, salt, and therapeutic grade essential oils that will synergistically blend well together.
We gather plants from healthy colonies and forage ethically and responsibly. We focus on invasive, medicinal plants and “weeds” as a free control method that can help allow native plants the chance to thrive once again.
Olive oil acts as a moisturizer that forms a “breathable” layer on the skin, preventing loss of internal moisture.
Coconut oil is moisturizing and contributes to a quick, fluffy lather and possesses antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties.
Sunflower Seed Oil
Sunflower seed oil is a great source of vitamin E, rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and is effective for combatting skincare issues like acne, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin. Emmolient
Shea Butter has the ability to soften and sooth your skin. This property makes it a great choice for dry, damage and mature skin. It also is a good choice for those who suffer from psoriasis, eczema and acne.
Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid which helps to increase absorption in the skin and is used in the treatment of various skin conditions, including dermatosis, psoriasis, and acne.
The beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E found in avocado oil help moisturize and protect your skin from damaging UV rays and also increase collagen metabolism .