At Bend Soap Company, we firmly believe that when your skin feels good, you feel great. We’re also big supporters of using our resources to positively impact the lives of others and our communities. That’s why we decided to launch our Buy 1 Give 1 Program.
Launched in February of 2019, the Buy 1 Give 1 Program is all about helping people LOVE the way their skin looks and feels! Here's how it works: Bend Soap Company donates a FREE travel size bar of goat milk soap to organizations helping those in need, every time an order is placed at BendSoap.com.
Yes, you read that right: with every Bend Soap Company purchase, we provide a travel size bar of goat milk soap to someone who needs it most.
How the Buy 1 Give 1 Program works:
- You place an order at BendSoap.com.
- Bend Soap Company is notified of your order and donates 1 travel size bar of goat milk soap to an organization helping those in need.
- Feel great knowing that you’re using your shopping power for good!
It's really that simple! The best part? There are NO minimum order amounts. It doesn’t matter if you purchase a single lip butter or spend big, each and every order placed at BendSoap.com results in 1 travel size bar of soap being donated. 1 order placed = 1 bar donated, regardless of how much you spend or what you order.
Our Buy 1 Give 1 Partners
Sharing our bars of goat milk soap with those in need has never been more rewarding! But the Buy 1 Give 1 Program can only be successful with the help of our customers. Bend Soap Company is proud to support organizations that provide help to those in need. So far, we’ve been able to team up with some amazing organizations.
St. Charles Cancer Center
Impact: donated 9,000+ travel size bars of our goat milk soap
Cancer patients often experience a TON of side effects due to the treatments and medicines they undergo. 😣 Unfortunately, many patients have to add "sensitive skin" to the long list of changes that are already happening to their body. Hair loss, dryness, redness, burning, irritation... These are just a few of the side effects they face that act as daily reminders of what they're up against.
Located here in Bend, Oregon, the St. Charles Cancer Center is an organization we’ve been working with for years. Since 2015, we’ve been offering cancer survivor patients and people undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment bars of our goat milk soap formulated for sensitive skin.
As the body’s first line of defense against chemicals, toxins, and infectious germs, the skin is also one of the areas of the body most commonly affected by medical treatments, new medication, and health conditions. While side effects that impact the skin are temporary for some, many patients don’t have access to — or the knowledge of — gentle and natural skincare products that can help bring them relief from dryness, redness, and discomfort their skin is battling against. Not only that but what you put on your skin is directly absorbed into your body. Most commercially made soaps (and many that claim to be “green” and “natural”) contain harmful chemicals and detergents that are really not very “natural” after all. Instead of cleaning your body, they end up leaving your skin dry, damaged, and lacking the vitamins and minerals it needs to perform and look its best.
Symptoms of Sensitive Skin
When your skin is either too acidic or too alkaline, problems such as dryness, inflammation, acne, itching or irritation may occur. Goat milk naturally contains lactic acid that helps assist in the breakdown of dead skin cells and is packed with vitamins, essential fatty acids, and amino acids.
Symptoms are often aggravated by the products we put on our skin. Individuals who have sensitive skin may also experience some or all of the following reactions:
- Acne / rashes
- Redness (blushing and flushing)
- Dryness (which you can learn more about here)
- Bumpy skin
By offering a gentle, quality, 100% natural bar of goat milk soap from Bend Soap Company, hospital patients who are suffering from sensitive skin related issues can begin to nourish their skin from the inside out. This includes people suffering from extreme eczema and psoriasis, children and adults battling cancer, and the hundreds of other patients who are dealing with sensitive skin.
The professionals at St. Charles Cancer Center provide quality care to those undergoing cancer treatment. In fact, this program was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). In fact, they were one of only two accredited cancer programs in Oregon — and one of 24 in the country — to receive this honor for the more than 500 cancer surveys performed in 2018, placing it in the top 5% of all U.S. cancer programs.
Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Impact: donated 1,000+ travel size bars of our goat milk soap
Located in Portland, OR, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is a nationally ranked pediatric hospital and research center. With over 1,000 highly-trained staff members, the hospital provides a wide variety of treatments to more children than any other facility in Oregon or Southwest Washington.
Among their many awards and recognitions, in 2019 Dorbecher received the prestigious gold Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. This award recognizes neonatal intensive care units (NICU) with the highest levels of patient care and outcomes. To date, the NICU at Dorbecher is the only facility on the West Coast to reach this status. More recently, the American College of Surgeons verified Doernbecher's as one of the first five hospitals in the country as both a Level 1 Children’s Trauma Center and a Level 1 site for Children’s Surgery.
Our founders, Dwight and Marilee Johnson, have always been insistent that the bulk of our donations be made to facilities that focus on children in need. We were so impressed with the level of excellence at Doernbecher and their consistent efforts to create a family-centered care center, that we reached out in hopes of getting involved.
Since 2019, we’ve been proud to make regular donations of our travel size goat milk soaps to the waiting rooms of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Access to clean, all-natural skincare is important for everyone, but especially to those already battling health conditions. Our hope is that a bar of our goat milk soap can provide some small bit of relief to a child going through treatment and potentially fighting for their lives. In the face of all that, skin irritation should be the last of their worries. With the use of our sensitive skin products, we hope they can soothe the painful external symptoms and focus on healing within.
Impact: donated 6,100+ travel size bars of our goat milk soap
Imagine living in a place where you did not have access to running water and could not bathe or brush your teeth. Now imagine having access to water but not being able to get the personal care products that you need for proper hygiene. That’s where International Aid comes in!
International Aid provides medical and health resources to global partners serving people in need. We were able to get involved with their work by donating travel size bars of goat milk soap to their Hygiene Kit Program which helps individuals whose lives are torn apart by disaster, illness, poverty, or simply don’t have access to personal care products on a regular basis. I.A. (or International Aid) volunteers assemble backpacks stuffed full of personal care items (a bottle of shampoo, tube of toothpaste and toothbrush, comb, a bar of goat milk soap from Bend Soap Company, and a washcloth) which are then packaged up in individuals bags and distributed to communities in need all over the world by I.A’.s partner Cure International.
“Hygiene Kits are life-changing consumable goods that our partners can use every day in communities around the world, and are very helpful for those that are suffering or recovering from recent disruptions.” - International Aid
Personal hygiene is a universal need but is often overlooked when you’re struggling to find reliable sources of food, water, and shelter. These hygiene kits offer the first line of defense against the spread of illness, the first step toward good health, and provide tangible hope for those who are suffering. Bend Soap Company is extremely proud to be able to have an impact in this way! The first shipment of backpacks are scheduled for distribution this month. Keep an eye on our social media pages for updates!
How You Can Get Involved
Buying something for yourself or a loved one feels great, but buying something and giving back to those in need feels even better. To make your next shopping experience as charitable as it can be, simply place an order here on our website (BendSoap.com) and we'll donate a travel size bar of goat milk soap in your honor.
When you support Bend Soap Company, you do more than simply purchase goat milk soap and other natural skincare products. You play a small role in a much larger and more important cause — providing bars of 100% natural, good-for-your-skin goat milk soap to people in a world that is deprived of this basic need, or to someone who is in a battle for their life and whose skin is feeling the impact of the war raging inside them.
Who Should We Partner With Next?
Bend Soap Company donates travel size bars of goat milk soap to organizations who can get our products into the hands of those who need them most.
Our hope is that by offering a gentle, quality, 100% natural bar of soap — one that'll help nourish their skin from the inside out! — we’ll be able to help put a smile on someone's face and give them one less thing to worry about. It's our way of being able to give back to a community that's given so much to us!
If you know of a company or organization that would benefit from our bars of goat milk soap, drop us a comment below and tell us who they are!
Back to You
Helping people love their skin is at the heart of what we do, and with your help, our impact continues to expand.
We started Bend Soap Company with the mission of making skincare products that were non-toxic, all-natural, and helped people experience what it’s like to have truly healthy skin from the inside out. Our biggest achievement with the Buy 1 Give 1 Program is growing a community of supporters (you!) who facilitate change with your purchasing power. Together we are helping people love their skin, one bar at a time. We’re using the power of business to fight for 100% natural skincare products for everyone.
Thank you for being our customers, our cheerleaders, our partners, and our friends. This has been one wild ride and we can’t wait to see the change that continues to bloom from the seeds we’ve planted. We're humbled with the opportunity to have a worldwide impact like this. Thank you for helping us help others!
This is just the start, but our sleeves are rolled up and we’re excited to move forward together.
Use your shopping power for good! Place an order here at BendSoap.com and we'll donate a travel size bar of goat milk soap on your behalf. 1 order placed = 1 bar donated, regardless of how much you spend or what you order.
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