Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Local Small Business Highlight: Milagros Soap Company

My Dear Readers,

I have made a recent purchase at a local business here in Brighton, Colorado, and I felt that I needed to share my experience with you.

My mother-in-law's best friend has recently begun her fight with breast cancer, so I decided to send her a relaxing care package. I had made a quick visit to the Milagros Soap Company during the Harvest Festival in Downtown Brighton a couple of weeks ago, and I was amazed at the beauty of the soap selection. So, when it came time to make a care package, I knew where I wanted to go.

The Milagros Soap Company is owned by Sandy Jenkins. It is family owned and operated. The second you walk through the doors, you are immersed in a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere. Milagros is located in the historic part of Downtown Brighton, so the store's walls are exposed brick, and the floors are covered in an aged light hardwood. You can smell the delicious scents of the hand-crafted soap, but the smell is not overwhelming.

Soap Bar

I wanted to buy everything! Each brick of soap is like a work of art.

Seasonal Scents
I chose five bars, and Sandy let me know that a sixth bar was free! (That means my mom will get to enjoy a bar as well!) I purchased Apple Peach, Pumpkin Patch, Milk and Honey, Lavender, and two Vanilla Bean. The signs behind each brick detail the ingredients of each scent.

Vanilla Bean Bar
For an additional three dollars, I was able to have the five bars gift wrapped. I noticed the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon on Sandy's vest, and I told her why I was purchasing the gift. She was incredibly nice, and told me the choices I had made would be very relaxing for my mother-in-law's friend. I asked Sandy a million questions about her store, and the soap itself. The store was originally in Breckenridge, but then the family decided to move to Brighton. (Lucky for me!) All of the soap is hand-crafted with pure ingredients, which makes it a great choice to care for your skin. (Plus, they all smell amazing!)

Grapevine
I was finally ready to check out, and I saw a wooden bowl filled with thin, silver charms that were in various shapes. I, of course, asked about them, and Sandy told me that in many Spanish speaking countries, these charms are called "Milagros." (Milagros means "Miracle" in Spanish.) Sandy then took the time to find specific Milagros that were in the shape of breasts for me, and to make me a copy of the paper, which told the story of the meaning behind the Milagros.
Two Breast-Shaped "Milagros"

Here is what the paper says about the Milagros:

 The word "Milagro" means "miracle" in Spanish. They are also used in Europe, where they are often referred to as Exvotos (Offerings). These small charms are typically nailed or pinned to crosses or wooden statues of various saints like the Virgin Mary or Christ, sacred objects, pinned on the clothing of saint statutes, or hung with little red ribbons or threads from altars and shrines. They are also carried for protection and good luck. 

In Mexico, the use of Milagros is connected with an institution known as the "manda." This [is] where a person will ask a favor [of] a saint after the favor has been granted, one must make a pilgrimage to the shrine of that saint, and take a Milagros and leave it there. 

People also might carry a Milagros with them in order to get its benefit. For instance, a curandera - a spiritual healer- might bless a Milagros and recommend that the person carry it in her pocketbook or on her person, in order to cure a physical ailment or to ward off evil, or bring about a change of fortune. 

Milagros can represent specific objects, persons, or  even animals, or they might represent concepts that might be symbolized by the object represented in the Milagro. For instance, a head might represent a person, a person's head, the mind, the spirit, a condition such as a headache, or whatever concept that the owner or that a curandero or curandera might assign to it. 

So, Sandy handed me the Milagros, and told me that we will pray for a miracle.

This was the best place that I could have gone to make this care package.
Christmas-Themed Gift Wrap

Close-Up 

I urge everyone to stop in to The Milagros Soap Company to check out the gorgeous soap selection, and say hi to Sandy and her sweet dog, who is ready to greet you when you walk in!

Here is all of the store information:

39 North Main Street, Brighton, Colorado 80601 ~ 303.655.0000
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10:00 - 5:00 ~ Saturday 10:00 - 4:00 ~ Closed Sundays and Mondays
http://www.milagrossoapcompany.com/

Until next time, count your blessings and give thanks!



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