The Healthy Porcupine creates handcrafted, tallow based, 100% natural, preservative free products that feel great to use.

We NEVER use chemical fragrance oils, Palm oil, dyes, or preservatives.

Our Story:

I've been interested in health and nutrition for as long as I can remember. Over time I've realized, in order to maintain good health, one must take a holistic approach. Every aspect of your lifestyle is a contributor.

Lately I've been noticing a disturbing trend- so many people, even younger people, are constantly sick with minor to serious illnesses. There is something terribly wrong with this, but I know from personal experience that it doesn't have to be this way.

I used to have severe allergies and asthma. During one visit to my allergist, I asked her if I would need to use my inhaler for the rest of my life. She told me that I would and that upset me. I wasn't born with asthma and I definitely didn't want to be dependent on a steroid. After that, I took a hard look at my diet and my environment and made a lot of changes. At the time of this writing, its been over ten years since I had to use my inhaler.

Over the course of the last decade I've learned that, just because a product claims to be natural, it doesn't mean that it is so. Or maybe it once was, but then it was bought out by a larger corporation and then suddenly, and quietly, wasn't. It's frustrating, but this frustration is what lead me to making my own products.

I had been reading about healthy fats and how they're beneficial to our bodies, both internally and topically, and had already made major changes in my diet to include more of these fats. I decided that I was going to start experimenting with making a tallow balm.

By the summer of 2013, I had 3 varieties of tallow balm and began vending at the Enfield Farmers' Market. By the end of the season, I had added three different soaps. Now, I'm up to three balms, seventeen different soaps, and a lot more ideas!

I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity and I thank you for your continued patronage. 

-Darlene Forshee, Soap Maker




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On top of Mt. Cardigan, October 2014.

On top of Mt. Cardigan, October 2014.