Meet Dorathy

Meet Dorathy of Hyssop Tree Hello and welcome to Hyssop Tree...  I'm Dorathy, the founder. It's a pleasure to meet you!

Hi Dorathy! I'm new here.  Can you tell me a little more about Hyssop Tree?

I would love to!  Hyssop Tree is my small corner of the internet dedicated to difference-makers who are looking for clean and natural soaps that help people in need.

Why did you start Hyssop Tree?

Honestly, it was a journey.  I had skin issues my whole life.  After a two-year quest and lots of prayer, God revealed this soap to me.  My skin issues resolved and I was happy.  I thought that was the end of the journey.  But God asked me to start a soap company with the purpose of partnering with my customers to help people in need.

I wish I could tell you I jumped right to it.  But after a year of Moses-like excuses, I realized I needed to do what He asked me to do.  I gave God what I had and started Hyssop Tree.

How does Hyssop Tree work?

Hyssop Tree is a tiny company.  I'm the only worker!  I make every soap by hand from scratch and I offer them to you here on the website.  When you buy a soap, you're actually paying for two... one is delivered to you.  The other soap is given to someone in need.

How do you pick a place to donate the soaps?

This is probably the hardest and best part of my job.  It's hard because I am very picky - I don't want to create dependency or anything else that can be harmful.  It's the best because I get to see first-hand what a difference one bar of soap can make.

When I am looking for a place, I use these criteria:

Do you make every soap?

Believe it or not, I do.  My soaps have been mistaken for factory-made more than once.  I'll take it as a compliment... I put a lot of hard work into them!

It takes me just over 2 months to make a bar of soap.  Each soap is made in my Kentucky-based studio and undergoes a very rigorous process.

Conventional methods often call for premixed ingredients and use plastic vessels or commonly available recipes.  Hyssop Tree soaps are anything but conventional.  I make each soap from scratch, never in plastic, according to my exclusive formula.  I stamp the soap with my logo and then I let it cure for a minimum of 8 weeks before I carefully test and hand-polish every bar.  It's a very time-intensive process, but it's the only way to make sure each soap meets my rigorous criteria.

How much is shipping?

Can I be honest?  I hate shipping costs as much as you do.  My goal is to help you so that together we can help people in need.  Keeping shipping costs as low as possible is one way I can do that.

When you place an order, the shipping that you pay is exactly what it costs to get your order delivered to you.  It's usually around a 30% discount when compared to regular rates.

What if something isn't right?

I'm sure you have that friend who tells you when you have something between your teeth, or who fixes your collar when it's flipped.  I need you to be that friend to me. 

My goal is for you to have the best experience that I can deliver, but I don't always know when something is wrong.  

What I can promise you is that I will do my absolute best to make sure you get what you need... all you have to do is contact me.

I've heard of hyssop, but I'm not familiar with it.  Can you tell me what it is?

Hyssop is a member of the mint family.  I think of it like a distant cousin.  The smell is quite unique - it's an astringent version of lavender.  To me, it smells like a combination of lavender, mint and a hint of licorice.

Hyssop was described in the Bible at very important times.  It was part of the Passover celebration, and part of offering Jesus wine-vinegar on the cross.  It symbolizes spiritual cleansing and second chances.

There are a lot of attributes given to hyssop, but truth be told, they haven't been tested.  There's a lot of mystery, folklore and unknowns about hyssop.  This year, I'm actually growing hyssop in my garden to get a better understanding of this intriguing herb!

Tell me about yourself and your family.

Dorathy founder of Hyssop Tree

Well, where do I start?  I have a background in biochemistry and toxicology as well as public health.  I love to ask questions and learn.  I'm a DIY fanatic and a documentary junkie.  I am addicted to sudoku puzzles and can't get enough of the mountains.

I have an incredible support team - my fantastic husband and my faithful dog.  They help me stay in the game and keep my spirits up.  We love to hike when we can get away.  But when we're home, we love to garden, cook and eat.

When you make a purchase from Hyssop Tree, you help me support my very small but faithful family.

What do you do in a typical day?

I really wish there was something called a "typical day!"  Running this small business is a bit crazy.  In addition to making soap, you can find me working on the blog, newsletter or social media.  I take pictures, maintain the website, and ship orders.  I'm always trying to make new friends, new soaps and find ways to make things better.

It was so much fun getting to know you.  How can we stay in touch?

I would love to stay in touch!  I love hearing from you.  If you have something to share, connect with me!

Twice a month, I write to my pen-pals.  If you'd like to stay in touch through the e-mailed newsletter, sign up here.

I also love to receive comments on my blog posts.  They are a great way to share new ideas with each other and learn new things.  You can find my blog here, and leave a comment at the bottom of the article.

I am also on social media.  You can find me on facebook and instagram.