From the Hendersonville Co-op Wellness Dept.

Tawana Weicker’s WARHORSE soap is our newest local product in Wellness. She credits the conception of her soap business to an epiphany from her work as an English teacher at Polk County High School. “It’s an awesome job. I learn about my students’ interests, which often become mine as well: P90X, Keb’ Mo’, author Daniel Quinn, new hairstyles, Droid phones, and biodiesel.”

WARHORSE soap was a happy accident, a result of her homemade biodiesel. It was during a convincing presentation from one of her students that she realized how biodiesel could help her family be much kinder to the environment while dramatically increasing self-reliance. Soap from biodiesel? Yes, and it’s a question she gets often. During the trial and errors of initial fuel production  leaves behind two products, methyl esters (the chemical name for biodiesel) and glycerin (a valuable byproduct usually sold to be used in soaps and other products. Her solution was to find a soap recipe and make her own soaps, too.

That was almost four years ago, and she’s simply been giving away those soaps in the community ever since, serendipitously creating brand loyalty before she had a brand, and all the while receiving rave reviews from neighbors who were using it for just about everything—even to rejuvenate leather saddles and old riding boots. WARHORSE liquid soap is available in unscented, mint, and orange. Check out her blog to see the impressive before and after photos of those saddles!