COVID-19 Update – We hope this blog can offer inspiration for your future safe adventures, however, we do want to make you aware of the current restrictions in place in Taos and New Mexico – for up-to-date visitor information, please visit here.
The best way to stay healthy these days – whether you’re in Taos or at home dreaming of your next visit here – is to maintain a six feet physical distance from others, wash your hands or apply hand sanitizer and wear a mask. Taos businesses have risen to meet the needs of this COVID-19 affected reality. Here are some locally-made items to help you stay safe and be well.
Hand sanitizers provide a quick way to “prevent the spread of pathogens and other infections” in the absence of soap and water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hand sanitizers must contain either 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol to be effective.
Humble Brands originally made a simple, all-natural deodorant made of 4 clean ingredients out of a humble adoble schoolhouse in the heart of Taos. They now make a plant-based hand sanitizer that’s “free of the nasty chemicals found in conventional sanitizers.” They sell a personal size refillable spray bottle with a 32 oz. jug of sanitizer that can be used on hands and surfaces alike. Find online or at shops across New Mexico.
NutureEssence creates skincare with natural ingredients and flower essences. They’ve created a hand sanitizer featuring the calming yet uplifting scent of lavender and tea tree essential oils. It nurtures the skin and is less drying. This spray can be purchased at the Taos Farmers Market or Cid’s Food Market.
Rolling Still Distillery, local vodka distillers with a craft cocktail lounge in downtown Taosd, have switched gears to ramp up their hand and surface sanitizer production. They’ve formulated a CDC-compliant spray scented with osha and sage, traditional plant medicines, packaged for personal or industry use. The team has been gifting their hand santizers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the The Lounge courtyard. The all-in-one spray can be purched at local shops and via their online store (launching soon).
The Towns of Taos and Taos Ski Valley have mandated wearing a face covering in public. Need to buy a mask for you or someone else? Local stitchers are producing reusable masks for purchase.
Clean Taos aims toreduce water use and environmental impact as they deliver specialty cleaning services. After an employee started making masks to donate to healthcare workers and high-risk individuals they decided to sell a washable face mask. Their goal is to offer them to our community at a reasonable price. Masks are sold in-store.
Necia Masks initially made masks to gift to essential workers, who they continue to serve. These cotton and jersey masks are reversible (wash before reversing); come in three adult and a child size; and feature fabrics ranging from vintage to whimsical. Order by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or find them at Taos businesses: Coyote Moon, FX18, Michelle’s, Moxie and Sam’s Shop.
Material Cut is a boutique accessory company comprised of craftsmen, tech experts, seamstresses and welders. They initially added a washable face mask to their product line in order to serve the needs of “essential workers, medical professionals and individuals in need.” They now sell their youth and adult masks in a variety of fabrics online.
An effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses is to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Local makers in Taos have luxurious soaps to scrub your hands clean.
Bison Star Naturals craft bar and liquid soaps scented with essential oils using organic, locally-sourced ingredients like herbs and flowers.. Husband and wife team, Angelo and Jacquelene McHorse run the operation out of Taos Pueblo. Order online or call in for curbside pick up.
Blue Feather Naturals use “premium ingredients, exotic oils and native herbs” to make their artisanal bar and liquid soaps. Visit their store or order online to pick up curbside.
The Middle Aged Spread combine goat milk and honey in bar soaps that are “homegrown and handmade” on Taos Pueblo. Find their products at locations across NM.
Author: Mackenzi Frederick. Mackenzi is a writer and editor who has lived in Taos since 2000.