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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.

We also offer Soap Making Classes and our soap is the perfect gift for Shower and Wedding Favors.

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With the commencement of school and Fall being just around the corner, it's time to prepare for the Autumn Equinox and all that comes with it!

Get ready for our Fall soaps:  Snow White's Apple, made with real apple cider; Pumpkin Souffle', made with real pumpkin and buttermilk; Dragon's Blood, made with the sensually exotic fragrance of Dragon's Blood (from the Dracaena plant); and maybe even a couple more...we're still working on ideas!

September marks the debut of two new items with Artisan Soaps:  our Phosphate-free laundry soap (powder form only available currently) and our brand new 100% soy candles!  Both of these will be available on the site on September 15, so please check back!

We're excited about the shops that love our products as well.  You can now find us at:

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Detroit, Michigan

Tip'n the Mitten, Grayling, Michigan

Event Bliss, Franklin, Michigan

On Glaze, Nantucket, Massachussets

Sassafrass Gifts, Brighton, Michigan

Stay tuned for more shops coming soon!  As always, we thank you for supporting handmade.  It makes a difference for our skin and for our environment!

    - The Soap Woman