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Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California.  She currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for integrative medical institutes, infertility centers, and green spas.

Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Acupuncturists in Boston, Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.

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Why We Love LEAP Organics: All About Soap

From the desk of Sarah J. Rogers, LMT...
Rethinking Sapo
Sapo is the Latin word for soap - the root for the process known as saponification (the process that produces soap).  Although it is everywhere you look now and a regular part of our everyday routine, soap has a long history and has an increasingly contentious reputation.  The earliest recorded evidence for the production of soap-like materials dates all the way back to 2800 BC in Babylon where ingredients of ashes, cypress oil and sesame oil were combined to make cleaning agents.    In Ancient Egypt, less than a century later, records indicate that people were bathing using animal and vegetable oils mixed with alkaline salts.  It is this process of combining a fat with an alkaline ingredient that makes what is known as a "true soap."  Around the world, soap evolved from different ingredients that were locally available:  Greeks were said to have used lye and ashes for cleaning pots, Gauls and Romans were known to have combined goat tallow with ashes from the beech tree, and the Hebrews used locally available salt as their alkaline base - all to produce a similar soap product.  By the 8th century, soap making was well known especially in Europe and by the 16th century finer soaps were being manufactured in small factories using plant oils as opposed to vegetable oils, most especially in Marseilles, France where one of the first soap making plants was established harnessing the local richness of soil perfect for growing olive trees.  When Rome was being excavated starting in 1749, and the layers of ash were being removed from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a most miraculous discovery was made in unburying the partially-buried Roman town of Pompeii.  Among the many fantastic findings in the rubble was evidence of what some historians believe was a soap-maker's shop.  Although this finding is highly debated and inconclusive, the evidence around the world for the history of developing soap is strong and fascinating to consider.
One of the many things people increasingly enjoy about soap is the lather.  For some, the more lather the better!  Companies have latched onto this highly satisfying attribute and have begun to find ways to cheaply enhance their soaps to make them produce richer and richer lather.  Many companies use synthetic agents such as sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate.  These detergents are producing soaps that are higher functioning when used with hard water (water with higher calcium count) and avoid producing rings and buildup in the sink/bowl etc - no soap scum YAY, right?.  Although there are obvious benefits to the use of these agents, they have also proven to have irritating affects when used in larger quantities.  Eye irritation or injury and irritating skin reactions from not only the lathering agents, but the synthetic dyes and fragrances are a few examples.  Few companies produce soap that is effective, has a rich lather, is eco-conscious, and health-considerate.  LEAP Organics is a gem in the soap world.  If you read the label, you will notice that the ingredients are clearly labeled and that the intentions of the company are transparently illustrated all over the beautiful box!  Enjoy the history of soap and enjoy a modern and eco-conscious take on a wonderful true soap; you will not be disappointed.
Sarah J. Rogers, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Sarah J. Rogers is a licensed massage therapist who received her training at the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, Massachusetts. Her practice focuses on the mind-body relationship and the usefulness of this connection not only for healing, but also for seeking balance in everyday life. Sarah brings her experience as an athlete and her compassion for mind-body health to her practice, inspiring growth and comfort in her clients. Along with massage, Sarah is now offering Active Isolated Stretching which can be done alone or in tandem with massage therapy. Employing techniques focusing on relaxation, neuromuscular therapy, stretching, myofascial release, and overall balance, Sarah will work with you to develop a treatment style that suits your needs.

"Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul is the work of the soul and good for either is the work of the other." -Henry David Thoreau.

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