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Fuquay Bubbling With Excitement Over Soap Made From Historic Spring

Posted April 29, 2001 2:48 a.m. EDT

— A local community is soaking in pride over a home-grown product that has the town bubbling with excitement.

Mary Christofferson is making her latest homemade soap creationin honor of Fuquay-Varina, her hometown. To do so, she uses a special ingredient -- Fuquay Springs mineral water.

Back in the 1800s, Stephen Fuquay discoveredthe springs, and people started coming from miles away believing the water contained healing minerals.

Healing or not, the minerals are now contained in each batch of Fuquay Springs Mineral Soap -- along with canola, coconut and other oils.

Christofferson blends the ingredients, adds a fragrance oil and then pours the mixture into a mold. After being covered overnight, the mold is cut into bars which cure for two weeks before being wrapped.

Community leaders hope the old spring still has its magic touch and in the form of soap, will help preserve the history of the town.

"With the Fuquay Springs mineral water in it, it just gives it an extra touch that, yeah, this really does come from a town and there's something special about it," Christofferson says.

Fuquay Springs Herbal Soap sells for $5 a bar. A quarter from every bar sold is donated to the local historic preservation society.

The soap can be found at the following stores in Fuquay-Varina:

  • Bostic & Wilson Antiques
  • Elliott's Pharmacy
  • The Gift Selection
  • David Anthony's
  • The Hyphen Coffee House

    It can also beordered online.