The following is a guest post from Bill Glaab, co-founder of Hand in Hand  soaps. Read the inspiring story behind Hand in Hand's sustainable suds, and enter the contest below for a chance to win 1 of 25 bars of Hand In Hand soap. Just login with Facebook or register your email below to see all the ways you can enter the giveaway!
For all of you who are not aware of Hand in Hand, I wanted to take a moment to let you all know what we are all about. Hand in Hand is a luxury bath and body brand, with strong environmental and socially responsible values at our core. Our vegan, palm-free, cruelty-free Vermont triple milled shea butter soap contains Fair Trade Certified ingredients, is certified by the Natural Products Association, and is completely natural and free from any petrochemicals or parabens.
For every bar of our sustainable suds purchased, Hand in Hand donates a bar of soap to a child in the developing world to help reduce water related illnesses. We also save 50 square feet of rainforest, and fund micro-credit loans to help alleviate poverty for every bar purchased. We strive to combine our environmental and socially responsible values with luxury ingredients and a unique and innovative aesthetic.
We are thankful to our friends at Fair Trade USA to have the opportunity to reach out to you today. We wanted to take a brief moment to talk about our upcoming soap distribution to orphan children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. You see, in February of 2012 Courtney and I flew down to Haiti for our very first soap distribution. We spent 4 days handing out soap and teaching children the importance of proper hygiene. We were able to deliver over 5,000 bars of soap to children in need. It was an unforgettable, life defining moment that neither of us will ever forget. We are extremely excited to announce that at the end of the month, we are scheduled for our second soap distribution. This time we are donating a much larger shipment of over 60,000 bars of soap! We simply could not think of a better time than Fair Trade Month  for this. Below you can see a short 1 minute video of our very first soap distribution:
We owe a sincere thank you to all of our customers and supporters who have made this possible. Together we are saving lives! We would also like to thank our retail partners who believe in Hand in Hand and are currently selling our soap nation-wide, as well as some places abroad.
Last month we released our new line of soap, comprised of Orange Blossom , White Tea , and Lavender  with our newly illustrated soap labels! It is this new line that is one of the reason our soap can now be found in over 250 locations nation-wide, including every Anthropologie  store and select boutiques. We also have some new products that will be rolled out shortly before the holidays, so be sure to check back on our Facebook  page, Twitter , and our website to stay informed.