Caitlin Sombatratanakul

Alaska: On the Bucket List – Take a Hike

Alaska: On the Bucket List – Take a Hike

Hiking is an activity you can do pretty much anywhere, but there’s something special about the hikes in Alaska. Whether you’re taking a stroll down the Coastal Trail on your lunch break in Anchorage or a bush plane has dropped you off in the remote backcountry for a multi-day trek, you can find hikes for every level with top-notch scenery, stunning wildlife, and wilderness unmatched. It’s never too early to start planning your hike list, […]

Alaska: On the Bucket List – Eat Your Way Across Alaska

Alaska: On the Bucket List – Eat Your Way Across Alaska

Part Two in our Alaska Series, we’ve compiled a guide for where to eat when you get to reschedule your Alaskan vacation. Food may be the one thing we love more than soap here at the Dream Team, and our mouths were watering just listing all of these yummy places to visit. We hope you get to enjoy some of these delicious places soon! Our master wrapped Darcy, moonlights as a foodie for our Anchorage […]

The Buzz-are Facts About Citronella and Natural Bug Repellents

The Buzz-are Facts About Citronella and Natural Bug Repellents Skeeter Away Bug Collection

When I think of summertime, I think of hiking, mountains, BBQs, picnics, gardening, and just generally being outside as much as possible. All of this outside time, however, comes with one pesky little downfall: bugs. Usually, I’m able to fly under their radar, but this summer I seem to be a treat for those buzzing beasts. Whether it’s my blood type, the composition of my skin, or as my husband likes to say, the fact […]

Alaska: On the Bucket List – Glaciers, Denali, and Bears, Oh My! Did Someone Say Fishing?

Alaska: On the Bucket List – Glaciers, Denali, and Bears, Oh My! Did Someone Say Fishing?

Part 1 of 4 in our Alaska Series – Bringing Alaska to You With all the travel bans, I know that many of you are missing your trips to Alaska this summer. Whether it was going to be your first visit or you come every year, it’s still a bummer. We’re just as sad as you are – we love meeting people from across the globe who come to check out our awesome state. I […]

Bubbles of Fun: Kids Quarantining Activities

Are you quarantining with kids? Do you know someone who is? We’re here to help! We’ve put together some activities and even some fun DIY soap kits to stave off boredom and keep you (and your kids) sane. We’ve also compiled a few other socially-distanced activities to occupy your mini-me while we’re all staying home. Check out these fun, educational ways to pass the time! Shred Bags This colorful science project will not only occupy […]

Let’s Get Clean!

We are all spending time these days doing a little extra cleaning, whether to ourselves, our common spaces or those spaces that get forgotten (Who knew dog hair could find a way into the back of the refrigerator?!) It can be stressful and overwhelming. So, I am here to talk about some great resources and tips to help keep you and your home clean through this pandemic.   Let’s start with the basics, something I am incredibly passionate […]

Living The Dream- 7,500 Miles

Denny first became a customer of Denali Dreams in 2019 when he found our ManlyMan soap in the small town of Chicken, Alaska. After placing an order with us after he returned home, Denny shared his incredible adventure with us along with some pictures. These stories that we hear from people’s travels are the exact reason we love creating the products that we do. We love connecting with people who take that trip of a […]

Oh, The Places We’ve Been!

  It’s been 22 years since Denali Dreams first stirred the pot and we’ve taken the time to bring you a timeline of the progress over the years.   October 1995– Janie travels to New Zealand and learns to make soap from a friend. December 1995– Janie makes soap as Christmas presents for friends and family. 1996– Both Barb and Janie are stay-at-home moms and want to make a little money on the side while […]

Fight Winter With Winter

Fight Winter With Winter

Dry skin is something us Alaskans know about all too well. The winter months gift us with beautiful snow-blanketed mountains, frosted trees that glisten in the sun, and 0% humidity (at least it feels that way). No matter how much water you drink or pounds of lotion you layer on your skin to the point of walking around like a zombie waiting for them to dry, those pesky splits around your fingernails and bleeding cracking knuckles […]

Don’t Be a Boo About Solid Shampoo

Don’t Be a Boo About Solid Shampoo

Eek! My mummy just gave me Denali Dream’s shampoo and its a solid bar! Fear not, this post will help unravel the myths and horrors behind solid shampoo bars and let you in on the secrets of why they are un-boo-lievable! What makes them un-boo-lievable? Even before you start washing your hair there are so many pros to using a shampoo bar. To start they are travel-friendly, which means you won’t be haunted by the […]

A Fool Proof Recipe

A Fool Proof Recipe

As the nip in the air develops and the leaves start to turn golden yellow, I grab my bucket and hike off to the low growing shrubs to pick blueberries. The quest to find the flickers of blue on the green turning tundra sometimes lead to sitting in one place for hours picking (and nibbling) your way through the thick sea of blue and others you’re tempted to pick the unripe green blueberries because you can’t […]

Subsistence Fishing: A Wedding Anniversary Ritual

Subsistence Fishing: A Wedding Anniversary Ritual

  Standing at the mouth of Kenai River in the water, I looked over the surface and locked eyes with two bobbing seal heads coming up for air. They were looking for the same thing I was: Sockeye Salmon. Since I was five my family has made the yearly ritual of driving three hours south to subsistence dip net. It’s become such a ritual that it’s how my parents celebrate their wedding anniversary each year. Last year […]