Texas Monthly Article
Of all the little towns along the northern reaches of Highway 16, I’m fondest of Strawn, largely because it’s home to An Ancient Art Handcrafted Soap Company, where co-owners Shanah Coe and Becky Lenoir cook up two dozen wonderfully fragrant all-vegetable-oil soaps in a little kitchen in the back of their shop.
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Texas Highways Article
"After leaving Mary's, I spotted An Ancient
Art Handcrafted Soap Company across the railroad tracks in Strawn's tidy downtown area. Soapcrafters Shanah Coe and Becky Lenoir, two single moms who started the business eight years ago, create "gourment body products" including rich soaps that combine fragrances, herbs, and essential oils
in an olive-oil base, as well as handcrafted creams, balms, lotions, and oils. They whip up 50 pounds of soap at a time, which makes 15 loaves that Shanah and Becky slice into bars. I snapped up several of the clean, sweet-smelling bluebonnet soap bars shaped like the state of Texas along with some lemon verbena soaps. Shanah and Becky make more than 30 varieties, including the "Yellow Rose of Texas," which they describe as "reminiscent
of grandmother's rose gardens."
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