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Desert Frog comes to Uptown Marion

By Gary Follmann | Marion Times | March 3rd, 2016

The Marion Times and the community of Marion are excited and sending a warm welcome to the Desert Frog, which is relocating from SW Cedar Rapids, to its new location.

By the beginning of April 2016, this new store will be located at 1090 7th Avenue, Suite 100, in Uptown Marion.

Desert Frog offers its own bath and body care products, as well as the ingredients to make your own. “Whether you’re a hobbiest or a professional, you’ll find what you need at this shop,” is the theme of this retail store. Desert Frog expands its selections weekly, so there is always plenty to choose from!

The Desert Frog got its inspiration after owner, Chris Slominski, took a soap making class … after that, the rest was history! Not only did soap making become an addiction for this entrepreneur, friends and family couldn’t get enough either. There was such a request for more!

So the decision was made in 2012 to open up shop in SW Cedar Rapids with unique jewelry as well as homemade bath and body products!

Desert Frog uses food grade oils in the handmade soaps. They use palm oil (used to produce a harder bar) purchased from suppliers who are members of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). They do offer some palm-free soap. The store also uses natural pigments and mica powders to color the handcrafted soaps, as well as natural ingredients like marigold (calendula) or olive leaf powder.

Desert Frog also sells Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils, Cocoa and Shea Butters, Jojoba Beads, Preservatives, Botanicals, and a large variety of products to mix together for those who are hopeful soap makers!

For more information on this exciting new store coming to Marion, contact Slominski at: or at (319) 640-2848.

Desert Frog will even be offering three cold process soap making classes during the month of April 2016 at its new Marion location. All items and tools needed will be provided, but the cost of the class is $75, and you can bring a friend for an additional $25 only!

“Just bring yourself in clothes that you do not mind getting dirty and an old bath towel.” | DOWNLOAD PDF

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