My handcrafted soap is made from pure plant and vegetable oils. It is carefully formulated to create a luxurious, bubbly lather and excellent skin conditioning. Whenever possible I use ethically-sourced and organic oils. My ingredient list includes skin-loving olive oil, high-oleic sunflower oil, organic coconut oil, castor oil and organic palm oil. Shea Butter is a key ingredient in nearly all my soaps--it offers moisturizing and skin-care qualities that can't be beat!
I often color my soaps with cosmetic-grade micas, clays or oxides. I use high-quality essential oils and skin-safe (phthalate-free) fragrances and have developed most of my own essential oil blends over the years. My soaps may contain silk fibers, goatsmilk, honey or exfoliating items like jojoba meal, pumice, ground luffa or poppy seeds. Some of my soaps are Vegan-Friendly (made without silk,honey or milks) and I am always happy to whip up a Vegan batch of any of my standard offerings upon request.
All of my soaps are hand-cut and labeled, and are cured for a minimum of 3 weeks before use. Handcrafted soap is much like fine wine--a little age always improves the experience!
I formulate a recipe that will produce a moisturizing bubbly lather and smooth feel. Sodium Hydroxide (lye) initiates the chemical reaction that will turn the oils into soap. During this process ("saponification") all of the lye is destroyed and GLYCERIN is produced. Glycerin is a humectant (attracts moisture). Commercial soap manufacturers remove much of the glycerin as it is produced and sell it for other purposes. Handcrafted soap retains all of its original glycerin. That is why properly made handcrafted soap has such a wonderful feel on your skin!
You can use my soap as is, or with a bath pouf, washcloth or soap-saver bag. A pouf or soap-saver bag will give loads of lather from just a small amount of soap. To prolong the life of your soap, store it out of direct shower-spray, don't let it sit in puddles of water (a draining soap-dish is best) and avoid direct sunlight. Occasionally you may notice beads of moisture on your soap; this is perfectly normal and is an indication that the natural glycerin is working to attract moisture from the air. It is not harmful. Please do not store your soap in a plastic baggie: like you, it is happier when it can breathe!
You can also use your soap as a drawer or closet sachet (especially when you buy multiple bars at once, you can freshen your linen closet until the soap is needed!)
I make soap. A lot of soap. Making soap is not my full-time job, however. It is what I do for relaxation and creativity, and I manage to fit it in around my real-life responsibilities! I have a very patient spouse and 4 equally patient dogs, who tolerate my addiction to all things soap. I have posted this website for my customers and their friends, so it will be easier for you to browse my products and make your selections.I will do my best to respond to you as quickly as possible, to answer your questions and/or confirm your order. I appreciate you stopping by!
Meet the newest additions to our home, Caela (pictured at 4.5 months old in March 2013), and Bowie, aged 11 months, with Caela, who is now 2 years old. (they found an unlucky crab at the beach!) Also here is one of Bowie's adorable baby pictures!