Back to Basics Soaps and other Essentials

Cohasset, MA



HORTENSE MCCARTHY is an artisan soap maker from Cohasset. She favors a simple and healthy lifestyle. Frustrated with low quality and even harmful produce and products she started a decade ago to grow her own vegetables and fruit. After having reached self sustainability she focused on healthy body care products for her family. Her soaps are made from carefully selected vegetable oils and butters like organic palm oil, coconut oil, organic olive oil, shea butter, oatmeal, honey, 100% essential oils and herbs from her garden.
All her soaps are handcrafted the old fashioned cold processed way, hand cut and cured for at least 4 weeks before sale.
Her products are free of detergents, artificial colors, paraben and fragrances. They are biodegradable and do not harm the environment nor the people who use them. Each soap is specially formulated to be mild and not only cleanses but also softens and moisturizes.
In 2011 Hortense McCarthy started her business BACK TO BASICS - ENJOYING THE SIMPLICITY OF LIFE! , where she educates people on the topics of green living, gardening and cooking. She also gives talks on herbal gardening and loves to share her passion for herbs. To contact her please email
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