Going on Faith

Spring 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ spring 2017 ] 32 natural soaps as gifts and later sold them on the website Etsy. "It started out as a fun thing, and before I knew, it we were really, really busy," said Cindy with a laugh. Eventually, a Chicago-based company picked up the brand, and today, Valley Green Naturals sells 28 products in stores from Hawaii to Maine. Though all the ingredients in Valley Green Naturals products are natural and locally sourced, one of the most consistent characteristics is raw honey, which comes from the DeVores' own beehives. One percent of sales revenue is donated to organizations that protect bees. "We're not certified organic because I believe that can be a misleading label," Cindy said. "Our goal is to keep our products affordable while all natu- ral, and we only use the best suppliers." The company's No. 1-selling product is the charcoal-activated cleanser, a third of which is raw honey. "The honey is antioxidizing and antibacterial, going after the free radicals that affect the aging process, while the charcoal helps draw out toxins," Cindy said. Valley Green Naturals also partners with a nearby distillery called Copper Fox Distillery to produce liquor-scented products like gin soap. Groups passing through Virginia can find Valley Green Naturals products at various locations, including Ellwood Thompson's in Richmond, Eden's Natural Market in Gainesville, Rebecca's Natural Food in Charlottesville, For Goodness Sake in Leesburg and Finley's General Store in Smithfield. www.valleygreennaturals.com Courtesy Valley Green Naturals Top: Louisville's Happy Balls Bottom: Virginia's Valley Green Naturals Courtesy Happy Balls and Fun! 1-800-548-2048 Near Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area in the Kentucky Lakes Region on Lake Barkley www.prizerpoint.com — CAN HOST GROUPS OF UP TO 300 — Fishing & Boat Rentals • Water Park & Ropes Course Lakefront Condos & Cabins • RV & Tent Sites Restaurant • Outdoor Movies • Hiking • Biking Trails FOR BRING YOUR GROUP TO PRIZER POINT

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