You love a nice fresh bar of soap, but have you ever wondered how it is made? There are so many soap varieties today — in every scent and color imaginable — that sometimes we forget what the purpose of soap actually is: to clean. These gentle soaps are made of all natural ingredients, essential oils and healthy shea butter and they are all proudly made in the USA. They are hand cut into four ounce bars and cured for four weeks for maximum effectiveness. Choose from delicious scents like Lavender Oatmeal, Pumpkin Spice and Cranberry Fig. And because they contain no harmful artificial ingredients, they'll leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed, making you feel rejuventated and ready to take on the day.  

Bee Clean Liquid Soap
Oatmeal & Lemongrass Bar Soap Mango Bar Soap

Milk and Honey Bar Soap

Sturbridge Soaps

Our Milk & Honey Bar Soap has an old-fashioned scent, reminiscent of vanilla and oatmeal. If scented soaps aren't your thing, then consider Unscented Soothing Bar Soap. This soap features the same moisture and healthy ingredients, and is perfect for someone with sensitive skin. These luxurious soaps feature exclusive country designs, making them great gifts or accents for your kitchen or bath. If you love all things apple, try Harvest Apple Soap with festive crow imagery.

Unscented Soothing Bar Soap Harvest Apple Soap

Witches Brew Bar Soap Kitchen Bar Soap

The Simplified History of Soap

Early soap making began in Ancient Egypt around 2800 B.C. near Babylon. The formula used consisted of water, various vegetable and animal fats and alkaline. Even from the very beginning, soap makers understood the chemical properties needed to create a soap that would hold its form and offer maximum effectiveness.

Ancient Egyptians with means would bathe regularly, thus soap was in high demand. Later on in Rome, however, soap was a luxury that only men were allowed to enjoy.

Lavender Oatmeal Bar Soap Cranberry Fig Bar Soap

Jasmine Bar Soap

The Continued Use of Soap

Soap making was a lucrative business throughout Europe starting as early as the 8th century, using a basic combination of animal fat and other oils. It wasn't until the Industrial Revolution that we began to see a finer, smoother soap in mass production. During this time, the public began to understand the necessity of good hygiene. Soap was the answer to that need, as advertised in many of the first successful advertising campaigns around the turn of the century, including a brand still thriving today — Palmolive.

Pumpkin Spice Bar Soap Honeysuckle Bar Soap

The Basic Soap Making Process

To begin, varying temperatures can be used to create different outcomes in the consistency of the soap. There is the option of cold, semi-boiled or hot processes.

1. All soap requires the use of lye (alkaline), water and fats or oils.

2. The exact measurement of each depends on the desired saponification: the chemical reaction that creates the sodium or salt needed in the formation of soap.

3. The lye is easily dissolved in water and the oils are heated up separately.

4. Once both have reached the appropriate consistency, they are combined.

5. At this step, fragrance and other essential oils that create desired properties are added.

6. The entire mixture is thoroughly blended and it begins to thicken.

7. The soap is poured into molds of the desired size, and then left to dry or "cure" for up to 2 days.

8. Remaining excess water will evaporate as the soap hardens and meets the accurate saponification. The majority of water must be removed in order for the soap to hold its shape.

9. Bars of soap could remain in this last step for up to 6 weeks, again based on the desired outcome.


Soap Making Notes

The only difference between the hot and cold processes is the temperature the water is before lye is added. The higher the heat, the faster the saponification process occurs.

Experienced soap makers and many in the soap making business say that a hot process is preferred to create a "neater" and smoother soap. Though in contrast, many at-home soap makers, producing smaller batches, prefer the cold process due to its natural appearance.

Cool Waters Bar Soap

Wooden Soap Dish

How To Store Your Soap 

Once you have your soap, it's important to take care of it properly. Soap dishes provide a non-slippery surface to store your soap and allow the soap to dry out again between uses, providing a longer soap life. Our Wooden Soap Dish is made of all natural bamboo with grooves to allow water to drain and your soap bar to dry properly.

Glass Soap Dispensers are perfect for liquid soaps, since they are easy to refill and complement a wide variety of bathroom and kitchen decor. You could even turn a mason jar you have on hand into a soap dispenser with an adaptable lid

Pint Mason Soap Dispenser Glass Soap Dispenser