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The Soap Woman and Artisan Soaps are devoted to creating handmade soaps, lotions, scrubs and body butters that will make your skin feel like you treated it to a day at the spa. Each product is made by hand with the finest ingredients to delight the senses. Our soap bars are made with olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter, acai berry butter, mango butter, and/or cocoa butter. We use fabulous essential oils and fragrance oils to create an incredible aromatherapy experience.

What are the differences between handmade soaps, lotion, body butters, etc., and commercial products?

Here are some of the facts:
  • Most commercial companies use animal fats (lard and/or tallow) to create their soaps. Except for our Goat's Milk Soap, Artisan Soaps only uses plant oils in its products.
  • When soap is made, it naturally produces glycerin, a humectant that not only draws moisture to the skin, but protects it from the harshness of our environment. Commercial companies press out the glycerin from their soaps to use it in other products such as lotions, shampoos, foods and more.  They make more money by using their glycerin elsewhere. The end result for you, the consumer, is dry, unprotected skin that, over time, shows its wear. You then slather on a commercial lotion that contains all kinds of chemicals you've never even heard of to help the dry, itchy skin. Your pores are blocked, clogged, and your skin loses its vitality, not to mention the chemicals that are absorbed into your system with sub-par products.
  • Remember - your skin is the largest organ in your body. It breathes,  takes in oxygen and absorbs whatever you put on it. Over time, putting products on your skin that contain such things as aluminum, DEA, FD&C colorants, parabens, phthalates and a variety of other chemicals have been shown to cause illness - including respiratory problems, links to cancer and other diseases. Treat your skin well. It ingests what you put on it.
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As a kid, I used to love the May Day celebration we'd have at school.  Everyone would gather around the maypole, a ribbon in hand, and circle the pole, skipping or dancing.  I loved it. 

May is a beautiful month because it truly does beckon the dawn of Spring.  Even those of us who live in climates with long winters (like me in Michigan), May is THE month to pretty much say, "Good bye Winter!"

So what's new this month at Artisan Soaps?  We've created a luxurious beard oil that truly outshines the competition.  See our section entitled, "For Men," for this wonderful new product that helps to soften and condition beards as well as to condition and moisturize the skin beneath.

We are also on the cusp of launching our new children's products!  The line is called "Liam & Luke" after our two grandsons.  We are anxiously awaiting the birth of Lucas, due on May 31.  Liam, the older 7 year old cousin, is looking forward to teaching Lucas all about mechanical things, about ships, boats and airplanes and, of course, dinosaurs.  So watch for the debut of these new products.

Finally, I'll reiterate that we make great wedding and baby shower favors with our soaps (and also with our lotion bars, bath bombs, etc).

One last thing:  it's our 34th wedding anniversary this month.  Who knew time would fly so fast?  Now 34 years, two kids, two grandkids and two cats later, we're still as in love now as we ever were.  And that makes life fantastic!


- The Soap Woman