100% Natural Melt & Pour Soap Base!

100% Natural Melt & Pour Soap Base?  Impossible?  Not when I make my own! :D

That’s right, we have been wanting to add adorable, decorative kids’ soap to our product line, but when I researched melt and pour bases…..well….YIKES!!  Chemicals, chemicals everywhere!  NOT what I wanted to offer parents to use on their kiddos.

I even went so far as to order a “how to” book on melt & pour soap bases a few years ago.  Sadly, the recipes contained in the book were no more natural that the pre-made bases.

What’s a girl to do?  I was busy, distracted….the new shop, blah blah blah, and so the hunt stalled.   Well, my Dear Hubby recently expressed interest in the art of melt and pour soap making, so my hunt for a handmade natural melt and pour recipe resumed.

I am happy to report that I found a recipe online with NO artificial ingredients, I tweaked it a tad & it actually turned out!!  Here it is in the loaf mold cooling:handmade melt and pour soap by heirloom soapworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a couple of experimental soaps using the base:handmade m and p flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While Hubby is developing new designs and learning the tricks of melt and pour soaping, this much we know for sure:  this soap is a healthy, fun soap that contains only pure, natural ingredients that folks can feel good about their kiddos using (and hopefully kids might wash more as a result? -We can only hope!)

Happy Soaping, everyone!   ~Becky

 

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Handmade Natural Soap -St. Louis Style!

Handmade Natural Soap is selling well in our Lebanon, IL shop -just about 20mi. from downtown St. Louis, MO.

We have added lots of great new products since our grand opening: natural paraben-free lotions, natural body mists, fantastic-smelling bath grains, natural deodorants and more!

Here are a few new pics of the shop and products.   Feeling truly blessed with the opportunity to offer my products in a hands-on retail setting.  Thank You to all who are enjoying our soap and bath products and supporting our small business!   We are planning lots of new goodies coming for spring including Soapmaking 101 classes!

Happy Soaping, everyone!  ~Becky:)

Heirloom Soapworks Lebanon IL

 

Rose Amore' Valentine's Day 2014

Rose Amore’
Valentine’s Day 2014
Heirloom Soapworks bestselling soap -now with a new label!

Heirloom Soapworks bestselling soap -now with a new label!

olive soap by Heirloom soapworks

Another new label for one of our all-time bestsellers!

Flirt Handmade Soap Gift Set by Heirloom soapworks

“Build-your-Own” Gift Sets were a hit at Valentine’s Day, so we will continue them through Mother’s Day!

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“True Christmas” Handmade Soap Trio

Handmade Christmas Soaps are here!

There are few things I enjoy more than freely expressing my faith through my work. (Being self-employed does have it’s advantages!)  Christmas seems like one of the best times to do so, as with all the hustle and bustle and secular distractions….well, it can take a person’s mind off of what Christmas truly celebrates -the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

It’s this most blessed event which I hope to convey (albeit with the most humble of materials -soap) in this year’s Christmas Gift Set from Heirloom Soapworks:

True Christmas by Heirloom Soapworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This set includes three full-sized bars of natural soap, with the tangy-sweet scents of citrus and pine.  Whether you’re looking for a gift for your Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, or a favorite brother or sister in the faith, this set is sure to be appreciated!  Reserve yours now on our Facebook page, as supplies are very limited.

Happy Soaping everyone!  ~Becky

 

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“Luke 2:7″ Christmas Handmade Soap -your opinion, please…

To glitter or not to glitter, THAT is the question!

The limited edition “Luke 2:7″ Christmas soaps are on the curing rack, but I can’t decide on one thing:  are they prettier and more evocative of Baby Jesus’ presence: with glitter or without?

Here’s a picture of both with and without glitter, please comment to let me know which you prefer:

Luke 2 vs7 Soaps by Heirloom Soapworks

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7

The camera doesn’t pick up all of the glitter, but I think you can get the idea!

 

Thanks for your input, and Happy Soaping everyone! :)

Becky

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Wedding Favor Soaps in St. Louis, MO!

Wedding Favor Soaps -the perfect touch!

Whether you are a bride looking for a special favor for your guests, or that good friend who is planning her bridal shower, I think you will want to see these handmade wedding favor soaps, handmade in the metro St. Louis area!  This particular group, a 100% natural Lavender-Oatmeal soap with white organza & purple satin ribbons is headed to New York even as I type this post.                      

Heirloom Soapworks favors oct 2013Whether your style is traditional, country, romantic, or a combination thereof, we will design a soap wedding favor to delight both you and your special guests.

natural soap favor with personalized tag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our designs are our own, but if you look on Etsy at all, you will find that they are often imitated.  We try to be flattered, and not spend time getting aggravated at the blatant copying. ;)   (Besides, we think ours look better anyway! LOL)

handmade natural soap rustic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also offer our favor-sized soap un-wrapped, for those brides/bridesmaids who  have a DIY streak.  It can make for a really fun evening: adding your own personal touch by wrapping favors with your bridesmaids & anticipating your Big Day!

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Our wedding favor soaps are available in a wide variety of scents & colors, and come in 100% natural and 98% natural varieties.

We have also custom-stamped soaps with the names of Bride & Groom  -truly an elegant touch!  These favors were presented in sheer white organza bags with custom tags that included the couple’s last initial & wedding date:

HSW weddin favors

 

We hope you’ll consider wedding favor soaps from Heirloom Soapworks when planning your Big Day,  we are always honored to be a part of such a special event!

Happy Soaping!    ~Becky

 

 

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Handmade Soap Pies by Heirloom Soapworks

Handmade Soap: Quite possibly the perfect hostess gift!

It’s true, ladies LOVE handmade soap!  It’s useful, pampering, and well, just plain fun.  Last year our handmade soap pies were a big hit for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, so they are back this year in even more colors/fragrances.

Handmade Soap Pie by Heirloom Soapworks

“Heirloom Christmas” Handmade Soap Pie in the mold.

 

Each soap pie equals approx. 8-10 regular-size soaps (5+ oz. ea.) and costs just $45.Cut and wrap it for individual gifts, or give the whole pie to your special hostess for a dramatic presentation that she will enjoy for months to come.

Soap pies may be ordered by phone toll free 1-855-SOAP-4-ME  or via email at becky@heirloomsoapworks.com and picked up in our soap shop, located in beautiful, historic Lebanon, IL.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for manufacture + curing time.

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New Handmade Soap Shop in St. Louis (Metro East)

There’s a New Handmade Soap Shop in St. Louis!

O.K., well, we’re technically about 20 minutes from downtown, on the Illinois side of the St. Louis Metro Area, and while the shop/studio is new, we have actually been making soap since 2002, but I digress.

Heirloom Soapworks Handmade Soap is now officially open in beautiful, historic, downtown Lebanon, IL!  We are so excited to be the FIRST handmade soap shop on the Illinois side of the St. Louis area, and ready to serve up some fine, locally made bath goodies to all the folks in the St. Louis area, both East & West of the Mighty Mississippi! :D

Our shop/studio is located right on “the brick street” at 111 W. St. Louis St., inside the Tiadaghton House.  Hours are Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon -4 p.m.

I have been collecting pieces for the store since early last Dec.;  arranging and re-arranging things in my mind.  I know many of you are curious, so without further ado here are some pics of the new soap shop/studio:

Heirloom Soapworks Soap Shop

Heirloom Soapworks,
111 W. St. Louis St.
Lebanon, IL 62254

What do you think of my vintage-inspired bathtub soap stand?  Hubby made it for me, and I couldn’t be happier with it -what a guy! :)   He also transformed my work counter/cabinet with waiscoting and crown molding.  And built the table below that holds my sink trio.  Speaking of sinks, that a 1923 Kohler pedestal sink that my sister Martie found for me (along with my 1921 white wall mount sink) in Champaign, IL.

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My vintage sink collection finally has a home (at least for 3 of them!) Looking from left to right: “Sky Blue” 1962 American Standard,  1921 Kohler in white,  1950 American Standard  (sometimes referred to as “Mamie Pink” -unwittingly inspired by Mamie Eisenhower)  I love how this display turned out, and customers seem to appreciate it too!

Our studio is nestled upstairs, and the Tiadaghton House’s main shop below is filled with some AMAZING local art -from fiber art, pottery, jewelry & paintings to some gorgeous Stickley furniture.  Worth the drive just to see the downstairs, we hope while you’re visiting you’ll venture upstairs to pick up some handmade soap and bath/body goodies!

Happy Soaping, Everyone!  ~Becky

 

 

 

 

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Heirloom Soapworks, St. Louis Metro East’s first full-service Handmade Soap Store

We are so excited about the upcoming Grand Opening of Heirloom Soapworks Handmade Soap Shop in beautiful downtown Lebanon, IL!  (August 31, 2013)  Our shop is unique in that it is  the FIRST full-service handmade soap store/studio in the St. Louis Metro East Area.  tiadaghton sandwich signYou can find us at 111 W. St. Louis Street.

Now you don’t have to travel far (we’re just “a hop-skip-and-a-jump” from Downtown St. Louis) to shop in person for amazing handmade natural soap, natural lotions, aluminum-free natural deodorant, decadent bath bombs and other delightful handmade bath products -we’re right here, practically in your own back yard!

My dear Hubby built some really nice displays, a work counter/cabinet, a bathtub soap display -I’m talking about some seriously AWESOME stuff!  I am so blessed to have his support, and I can’t wait for you all to see his handiwork in person! tiadaghton house color

Meanwhile, I’ve been keeping busy making handmade soap, natural lotions, bath bombs, scrubs and wax melts for the store, as well as devoting quite a bit of time to decorating (just hung a few of my collection of vintage soap ads today.)  All done with you all (our valued soap fans) in mind -not only do we want to bring you the best in handmade soap and bath products, we want to create a unique shopping experience for you to enjoy.

Just 17 more days until the Heirloom Soapworks doors open to the public.

Looking forward to Grand Opening, and we hope to see you then!

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Handmade Natural Soap -as Favors!

Handmade natural soap makes a unique, useful & fragrant favor -suitable for any special occasion!

Handmade soap favors from Heirloom Soapworks have really been gaining in popularity -and with good reason.   The soaps can be customized with your choice of scent, color, and custom tags.

Some brides prefer unwrapped soaps:

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or the soaps can be wrapped in a variety of styles:

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Elegant handmade soap favors are perfect for those whose style is formal.

For those whose style is more “casual chic”,  rustic soap favors can add a touch of playfulness to any celebration.handmade natural soap rustic

 

 

 

 

Our soap favors come in a variety of popular fragrances, and can be made in 100% natural varieties using pure essential oils, or 98% natural varieties containing fine fragrances.

natural soap favor with personalized tag

 

 

 

Packaging is personalized, too.  Tags can include initials, wedding date, etc.  At Heirloom Soapworks, we specialize in creating soap favors that reflect your personal style that will delight your guests and help celebrate your Special Day in a most memorable way!

 

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Handmade Natural Soap: Spring 2013 News

We have some very exciting news regarding Heirloom Soapworks handmade soap.  Later this year we will be opening a Soap Shop/Studio in beautiful downtown Lebanon, IL! Yay!
Yippee! and WooHoo!

It’s been a whirlwind of activity ever since the opportunity first presented itself in Dec. 2012.  Planning, buying decor items, finalizing arrangements, and of course making soap, natural lotions, bath bombs and our new All-Natural Deodorant (all the while pinching myself to make sure the whole opportunity wasn’t a dream) well, time has flown!

 

Handmade Soap: Castile-Charcoal -Cambrian for oily/acne prone skin, by Heirloom Soapworks

Handmade Soap: Castile-Charcoal -Cambrian for oily/acne prone skin, by Heirloom Soapworks

Handmade Soap "Friendship" gift packaging by Heirloom Soapworks

Handmade Soap “Friendship” gift packaging by Heirloom Soapworks

 

I plan to post more frequently here on the handmade soap blog (almost anything would have to be better that the last few months!)  But for those who love to see the very latest products & soap news, please check out our Heirloom Soapworks Facebook Page  which for some reason seems to get updated almost daily!

Meanwhile, here are a few photos of just some of the products I’ve been developing and/or tweaking:

 

 

Lavender Oatmeal Handmade Soap -the new look for 2013

Lavender Oatmeal Handmade Soap -the new look for 2013

Folks just love our handmade soap, and our new “gift packaging” makes our soap even more fun to give…and receive!
Best of all, it’s available on ANY soap variety we carry -just message us at checkout and we’ll take care of the rest!

Desert Sage Handmade Soap by Heirloom Soapworks

Desert Sage Handmade Soap by Heirloom Soapworks

Desert Sage Handmade Soap by Heirloom Soapworks

Desert Sage Handmade Soap by Heirloom Soapworks

NEW All-Natural Deodorant: So Fresh! from Heirloom Soapworks

NEW All-Natural Deodorant: So Fresh!
from Heirloom Soapworks

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Handmade Soap “Lavender Creme 2013″

Should a handmade soap that’s been a bestseller for years ever get a facelift?  Well, I happen to think so…..as a matter of fact, I believe our 100% natural lavender soap, “Lavender Creme” has earned a new look.

Please note that the moisturizing formula for this lavender soap will stay the same.  Handmade soap that’s this rich with fresh goats milk, fresh yogurt, unrefined shea butter, mango butter, avocado oil and lavender essential oil is hard to improve from a performance standpoint…..but I think we’ve succeeded in making it prettier than before.

But what do YOU think?   Which natural soap is more appealing to you?

natural handmade soap lavender

Lavender Creme 2013
‘AFTER”

handmade soap lavender creme

Lavender Creme “BEFORE”

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Seeking Resident Artists….

Seeking Resident Artists — Available Studio/Gallery Space (Lebanon, IL)

O.K, I’m letting the cat out of the bag, I guess…. YES – I am planning to have a HANDMADE SOAP STUDIO/RETAIL location later this year in Lebanon, IL! Woo hoo!  Yeppers, now you can see & smell Heirloom Soapworks’ Handmade Soap (as well as our lotions, bath bombs, etc.) in person.  I’ll also be doing soap-making workshops and demonstrations, too.  Yay!  But check this out:

Space for more artisans is available!   Here are the details:
We are currently seeking resident artists/craftsmen for 3 of our 4 available studio/gallery spaces — opening over Labor Day weekend in the midst of the historical business district in Lebanon, IL. The shop will feature art, antiques and American craft on the first floor with our four studio/gallery spaces on the second floor. The lease arrangement is very reasonable — we are hoping to create a “micro-community” of like-minded artists/craftsmen who wish to share their passion for their work in a retail venue where we can grow our businesses together. From our perspective, the ideal candidate would be a mature, established artist looking to expand their retail business — with a pleasant personality, time available to spend in the studio, and a well-developed mastery of their art/craft. Studio/gallery spaces may be shared among partners, depending on the details. If interested, please contact us with your e-mail address and we can begin a dialogue.

If you are interested, please feel free to email  me w/your email/contact info & I’ll forward it along to the awesome couple who owns the space.  :)

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Handmade Soap Cupcakes: “Sea of Love”

These fun handmade soap cupcakes make a perfect Valentine’s gift for daughters, mothers, friends, hairdressers, work buddies -even that special  someone.

Each soap features a translucent red heart atop a swirling “sea” of yummy rosemary-citrus moisturizing soap.

Limited edition -when these are gone, they’re gone! :)            valentine heart soap cupcake

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Handmade Rose Soap

I have had numerous requests for a handmade rose soap, and have finally gotten around to formulating one that I believe my customers are going to love!

The rose soap I have created is richly moisturizing with shea, avocado & mango, with the purifying properties of natural rose clay. Topped with rose petals from my garden, this is one “girly” soap -a perfect gift for any hopeless romantic. ;)

rose handmade soap

"Heirloom Roses" by HSW

This is a 98% natural soap, due to the rose fragrance oil used to impart it’s wonderfully fresh scent. (100% Natural rose essential oil is far too costly to use in soap!)

This is a limited edition handmade soap, so if you would like a bar for yourself or maybe as that perfect little gift for Mom/Aunt/Grandma on St. Valentine’s Day, please comment and I will reserve one (or several) for you!

Happy Soaping, Everyone! ;)

 

 

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Soap Wedding Favors

soap wedding favors by Heirloom Natural SoapNatural Soap Wedding Favors are just about the most rewarding things that I create.

Working with Brides to help make their guests feel appreciated, while commemorating their big day is exciting and really gets my creative juices flowing.

While the turn-around time for cold process soap favors is 4-6 weeks, I can get favors out the door in as little as one week by utilizing the hot process method of soap-making.

soap wedding favors by Heriloom SoapworksStyles vary greatly and virtually everything about these is customized for each wedding;

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Handmade Lotion w/Green Tea & Shea: Paraben-free!

handmade lotion paraben free with green tea

Handmade lotion with shea butter and fresh-brewed antioxidant-rich green; just in time for the Fall Craft Fairs and Markets!

Paraben-free and alcohol-free, these lotions are richly moisturizing with plenty of

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Handmade Soap: Apple Cobbler with Goats Milk

Apple Cobbler Handmade Soap with fresh goats milk is our favorite soap for the transition into Autumn.

The scent is described perfectly by it’s manufacturer:

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Homemade Soap Gift Set

Homemade Soap is such a wonderful gift, isn’t it?

It’s beautiful, it smells great, and everyone uses soap! I’ve always been a nut for soap, and can’t seem to ever have too many bath soap in my world.

Unfortunately, I think bar soap (even a fantastic homemade soap bar) often doesn’t look….well….”gifty” enough for some people to give.

I’ve been wanting to do a “gift set” for the retail shops that carry my handmade soap, and I’ve finally done one,

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Home Made Soap -ready to ship!

Home made soap handmade via the “cold process” takes approx. 6 weeks from the time of actually “making” the soap to when it is ready to use.

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Handmade Soap: A Custom Order….

“English Garden” Handmade Soap for a local shop:

The Scent:

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