Jordan McNutt’s goal is to live on an off-grid homestead when she and her husband are empty nesters.
But one thing she’s not ready to leave behind are luxury skin care items.
So, the Tonopah resident is making them herself.
Bath Nutts offers handcrafted bath and body products, including goat milk soap made with fresh, raw goat milk off the McNutts’ farm.
“Knowing we wanted to live on an off-grid homestead, I would either have to give up luxury skin care items or learn how to make them myself,” McNutt said. “It was more of a hobby business until about a year ago, when I met Sophia Martinez of Screws and Sparkles in Buckeye.
“That’s when it turned from a hobby business to a small business. I’ve been able to provide for my family by selling the products in Screws and Sparkles, but give more to God. It was certainly all God. I could feel him pushing me to talk to her.”
A Phoenix Church of Christ member, McNutt honors God with her products, as every piece has Scripture on them.
“The Scriptures I put on them, I have prayed about beforehand and God shows me what to place on the products, something I’m learning about that really tugs at my heart.”
Bath Nutts has a variety of products besides the handcrafted goat milk soap—bath bombs; face care; soy candles with wooden wicks, wax melts and linen spray; liquid hand soap; hair care; shower steamers; emulsified sugar scrubs; lip balm; Arnica pain-relieving cream and body butter. Prices start at $5—a price point that was important to her.
“I home school our kids,” she said. “It’s important to have something that other stay-at-home moms can afford.”
McNutt makes the items in her spare bedroom, keeping them as natural as possible. Her goal is to keep her customers safe.
“I do have preservatives in some of my products,” McNutt said. “I use preservatives in products that include water, like the lotions and the sugar scrubs. If a product does not contain water, preservatives aren’t necessary. Bacteria and mold love water. They feed on that water, if you don’t have the preservative to counteract it.”
McNutt attended West Texas A&M University, where she studied music performance. She performed with a few small-town symphonies, gave music lessons and worked in the university’s music library. McNutt and her husband, Nathaniel, have three children—2, 5 and 9. They moved to Arizona when Nathaniel was assigned to Luke Air Force Base. He still works there as a civilian firearms instructor.
“When he got out, we decided to stay. We love it here. We live on a small farm right now,” she said. “The children love helping with the animals—milking goats, feeding pigs and chickens.”
The McNutts are looking forward to returning to nature.
“I think living off the grid is about getting back to how God designed things,” she said. “We’re going to work hard living off the land, providing for the family, old-fashioned style. We can get so wrapped up in technology and media and things going on around the world. We need to stop and look around us at nature and the creatures God made for us.”