Local Business Spotlight: Good Day Sunshine

It’s no secret that I love downtown Conway, SC.  Conway’s Downtown Alive is constantly hosting events to promote local businesses, such as the Conway Wine Around (my favorite event, obviously) where local businesses give out samples of wine, while patrons browse the stores and learn about the owners.  (This event happens twice a year; tickets are $20 and can be found online… but I digress.)

During the most recent Wine Around, I discovered my favorite new store in Conway: Good Day Sunshine.  I was especially thrilled with this discovery since I’ve been using the owner’s soaps for years, but recently have been unable to find them at the trusty Conway Farmer’s Market where I had previously been purchased them.  Emily, known as “the soap lady” to farmer’s market goers, recently opened Good Day Sunshine to provide residents with all-natural, handmade goods– from soaps to candles to perfumes and more!

I have yet to try something I don’t like from Good Day Sunshine, but my new favorite product is the laundry soap (I use the lavender vanilla blend), which leaves my clothes clean, soft, and smelling AMAZING. I have heard of and can pronounce all of the ingredients, including: saponified olive oil, coconut oil, and soybean oil, borax, baking soda, and essential oils.  (Out of curiosity, I just looked up Tide’s ingredients.  The six-page document included ingredients such as: disodium diaminostilbene disulfonate, Liquitint™ Blue, and diethylene glycol).  To go with her eco-friendly ingredients, Emily sells her laundry soap in mason jars and paper bags, which is far more sustainable than the plastic containers almost every other laundry detergent comes in.

Before I made my own body lotion, Emily’s  Nourish Body Lotion Bar was my go-to moisturizer.  As with all of her products, this lotion contains all-natural ingredients (like cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax).  This also smells amazing, and leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, and moisturized.   The beeswax ensures the lotion isn’t too “slick”, and I find it quickly soaks into my skin without any residue (think coconut oil).  I also love the container; using a deodorant tube allows  you to apply the exact amount of lotion you need efficiently and without the mess of other lotions.  Writing this makes me question my choice to make my own lotion in the first place…soap

I can’t talk about Good Day Sunshine without mentioning the soaps. These things are full
of (you guessed it) all-natural ingredients (including essential oils and herbs).  They smell amazing.  They leave your skin soft and clean.  They look beautiful and unique.  My only complaint is that they last too long, and I have to wait a long time before I purchase more wonderful options.

If you aren’t local, you can still enjoy all of these products by ordering online.  I can’t wait to try the soy candles, wax melts, roll-on perfumes, and anything else Emily comes up with!

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