Saturday, June 14, 2014

Acequia love ...

I've often been asked why I chose the name 'ACEQUIA' for our body care line. It's simple really. I love the history, symbolism and natural beauty the word represents.

The Acequia Madre at The Alamo. San Antonio, Texas.

The word 'acequia' was brought to America when Spanish explorers, and the missionaries that followed, came to settle the arid Southwestern United States. The Spanish term means 'aqueduct,' and these man-made features were the only way to deliver water to mission farms and fields. In San Antonio, Texas, where we're located, the acequias fed the water of the San Antonio River to five Spanish missions, including Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as The Alamo. This acequia is called the 'acequia madre' and is still in use today.

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Symbolically, an acequia is designed to deliver essential moisture where it is most needed. That really resonated with our concept of creating an all-natural line of body care products that truly conveyed moisturizing, emollient-rich botanicals and blissful butters to nurture healthy, happy skin. 


Michael Trapp designed acequia and garden. Images via

We were influenced by the natural beauty of acequias the world over. So, we knew we had to develop 'luxury as nature intended' by creating the best skin solutions with no harmful chemicals or additives to stay true to our inspiration. And, we've done just that.

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Our ACEQUIA name also reflects our commitment to environmental responsibility. Even our packaging is made of recyclable materials, lessening our carbon footprint and that of our customers. So, next time you see the word acequia, or notice our little Capistrano Soap Company ad here on my blog, you'll know that our body must-haves are handcrafted by artisans who believe that 'luxury comes naturally.'

Oh, and our Capistrano Soap Company name ... that's a nod to Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded in 1731 by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order on the eastern banks of the San Antonio River.

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