|Story last updated at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July
Smith: Nothing compares to Andree's soap
In an earlier day,
Andree Terry would have been known as Andree the Soap Maker.
You know, like the tent maker or the candle stick maker.
clean, pure soap which is good for your skin. Not like what
you probably have been bathing with for years. Go to the
grocery store and buy a bar of soap with a familiar label
and chances are that you are getting little more than animal
fat and/or petroleum products.
check into a hotel -- even one that carries a prestigious
name -- and step into the shower, when the suds cascade down
your body, you might consider singing, ''Ol McDonald had a
farm,'' because you are getting a washing down with a lot of
If you can't hear the pig
grunting when you are in the shower, you might hear a V-8
engine purring as you lather up.
reason I know about Andree's soap is that my wife put a bar
in my shower and admonished me to use it. No question asked.
With a farm background, I have never been much on lotions
and creams. A woman is different. She wants her body to look
good and smell good even if she is the only one who
Of course, Andree's husband,
Dennis, whose family started Terry Development Co., is the
epitome of a ''man's man.'' At first he showed little or no
interest in what she was doing. But since he does a lot of
walking in his work as a golf tournament official, he
naturally comes down with sore feet. Bathing and soaking
them with Andree's soap have given his feet new
''I wash my hair in the soap,''
Andree said. ''It is good for your
She also washes her dogs in
the soap. ''Dogs need their skin taken care of, just like
humans,'' she laughed.
There are many
people in Athens who have found out about Andree's soap and
have become avid customers. She has never wanted to get too
commercial, but she sees that coming and is about to
incorporate and step up
''I've mostly made the soap
for my family and have given it to my friends,'' Andree
said. ''I had no interest in getting involved for business,
but if I can develop a small commercial operation and sell
some soap, maybe Dennis and I could take a nice trip
sometime. I enjoy people and like for them to feel good
about the soap they are using.
never be big. I just wouldn't want all that stress and
Neiman Marcus wanted to
make a deal with her but it was just too
''I designed a line for them, but
they wanted an initial order of 10,000 sets. That would be
too much,'' she said.
The way Neiman's
found out about her product came about when she took some of
her soap to a friend who took it to buyers at Neiman's. They
probably got interested when they found out the names of
fragrances such as almond with oatmeal, fresh herbs with
dill, oatmeal and honey, spiced vanilla, summer floral with
calendula petals, tangerine smoothie and orange
Her information brochure says
''this soap recipe was created for anyone wishing mild and
gentle cleansing without petroleum or animal fat
Her mother had skin cancer
as well as thyroid cancer and the doctors could not do
anything for her rough and cracked skin. Realizing that
Europeans seem to have smoother and more attractive skin,
Andree began to look into developing a soap for her mother.
Her soap is based on European
''I have included grapeseed
oils and safflower oils processed at very low temperatures
in order to provide anti-oxidant vitamins and beneficial
elements. Colorants are from plant pigments,'' she
Andree grew up in Rossville and
is a cousin of former University of Georgia coach Dicky
Clark. She entered UGA at age 16 and graduated at 19. With a
fellowship, she got a master's a year
''I'll always be grateful to the
university for letting me come early,'' she said. ''I am a
devoted Bulldog fan and can't imagine ever living anywhere
than in this wonderful community.''
Web site address is firstname.lastname@example.org and mailing address
is P.O. Box 1612, Athens, GA
Smith is executive secretary of the Georgia Bulldog Club.
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