Homemade Laundry Soap {Borax FREE}

Making Homemade Laundry Detergent is Quick & Easy!

More and more people are concerned about the chemicals and excessive, sylaundry todaynthetic fragrances in today’s commercial laundry detergents.

One alternative to using commercial detergents is to make your own. (Please don’t panic or give up here….you can do this!)  Yep, you can be on your way to being a true “Crunchy” if you like, but if that’s not “you”, you can still handle this.  The recipe I am about to share with you is

1. Quick (we all have a lot to do, and little time to do it in. Basically you assemble ingredients and blend them…no cooking required!)

2. Simple (This recipe is made with ingredients that are easy-to-get; I even include links  to make it easy for you to find them!)

3. Economical (costs approximately 50% less than commercial brands)

4.  Empowering (huh?  Yep, you’ll feel great knowing exactly what’s in your detergent and that you made it yourself!)

5.  Effective Cleans just as well or better than commercial brands!

6. Healthy No harsh chemicals, no perfumes, and it’s Borax Free!

So here it is!


1/2 Cup baking soda

1/2 Cup citric acid (see link below to order with FREE SHIPPING)

1 Cup washing soda (found in laundry isle at grocery stores)

1/4 Cup sea salt

1 Bar of Laundry Lye soap (available in our online shop -do NOT use lye soap meant for “body soap” use as it contains too much extra oil and can build up over time!)

Optional:  0.20 oz. essential oil (I like lavender, peppermint & lemon best.)


1.Grate the bar of soap finely (using the grating attachment on a processor is typically quickest and easiest)

2. Add the other ingredients and blend well (I use my food processor here, too)

3. Store in a well-marked, airtight container.

Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load, depending on how dirty the clothes are.

See how simple and FUN it is to so it yourself? :)

Stay tuned for DIY dishwasher detergent! :)






Citric acid:  http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/ProductFilter.aspx?FBK=Citric+Acid+Powder&x=27&y=8

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Frillman’s Beard Oil, St. Louis, MO (metro east)

Frillman’s Beard Oil & Handmade Grooming Products for Men:


What is “Frillman’s Beard & Body“, anyway?

cedarwood man soap

Good question!  Frillman’s Beard & Body is a division of Heirloom Soapworks.   We design products especially for men and their unique grooming needs.  Beard Care, Face Care, Shaving, as well as Man Soaps that provide the 3-in-One functionality that men love.

We use natural ingredients that are known to appeal to men.  You’ll love the Essential Oils that lend fresh “manly” scents without being “perfumey” or overpowering. Essential Oils also tend to be gentler on you skin than “fragrance” or “parfum”.   Moisturizing oils and tropical butters will keep your skin healthy and comfortable.   Our closely guarded soap formulas contain all the good stuff, without any of the “bad”….after all, this is the health of your skin we’re talking about!

Why is “natural” important?

aluminum-free deodorant

It is now common knowledge that what goes on your skin is absorbed into your body. (Think of nicotine patches, for instance.)

Experts are also learning that many “common” chemicals used in bath and body products are not as safe as was once thought.   You may have heard concerns about certain ingredients (parabens, SLS, aluminum, and propylene glycol.)  We at Frillman’s believe you and your skin deserve better!

Read the ingredient list of your body wash, soap, deodorant, aftershave, etc..  You may see several chemicals that are now considered “problematic” by leading health organizations.

Our soaps, balms, beard products, etc. contain the most natural, healthful ingredients available.  Things like olive oil, shea butter, avocado oil, pumpkin seed oil, argan oil, etc.

We firmly believe that it makes sense to use products that are pure and natural, -for every member of your family.  You deserve healthy, comfortable skin, and we are committed to helping you achieve it!

What’s so great about “handmade”?

At Heirloom Soapworks/Frillman’s Beard & Body we’re all about quality control!  Everything we make is handmade in small batches.  Our products are made by our owners and they are passionate about quality! That means you get the best quality possible, as well as a 100% satisfaction guarantee on each and every product!

Soap Workbench

Which would you rather use?  A product that was lovingly formulated and created by someone who cares, or a mass-produced, cookie-cutter item?  Our soaps are handmade in small batches of 21 bars, at the studio workbench you see above.

Our beard oils are hand-blended here too, one (1 oz.) bottle at a time. This ensures that we get just the right amount of each oil in every bottle, and you reap the benefits.

Our balms and lotions are made in 8-bottle batches.  Again, this ensures the best results for you, and the most consistent results for you skin.

All this is done either in our soap studio (workbench pictured above) or our Lebanon retail shop.  Most products are made by our owner, Rebecca Frillman Rippelmeyer, although her bearded husband Brian Rippelmeyer has been known to help out too. (not only in the studio, but as a willing “guinea pig” for our products!)

We hope you will give our products a try -your skin/beard/body will thank you! :)

Call toll-free with questions: 1-855-SOAP-4-ME or email becky@heirloomsoapworks.com




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Natural After-Shave Balm, St. Louis, Mo (metro East)

Frillman’s Beard & Body’s Natural After-Shave Balm:

Handmade in the St. Louis area (Lebanon, IL) Frillman’s Beard & Body’s new After-Shave Balm is conditioning, soothing & natural!

Frillman's After-Shave Balm

Made with the finest ingredients that money can buy:  virgin olive oil, avocado oil, shea butter and pure essential oils, our balm is handcrafted in small batches to ensure the utmost quality.

Our After-Shave Balm contains NO perfume, NO Chemicals, NO Parabens, and                NO Alcohol, which means it is good for your skin and you can feel great about using it.

Each application (it only takes a pea-sized amount) absorbs fully, leaving your skin smooth, comfortable and great smelling.  You are sure to love our unique, masculine blend of essential oils (as will that special lady!)

As with all Frillman’s Beard & Body products, our After-Shave Balm is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, so you can be confident about your purchase!

Ready to try this amazing balm?  Simply CLICK HERE to order!




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Aluminum-free Deodorant St. Louis area!

Aluminum-free, Paraben-free deodorant that WORKS!!

Yes, it’s finally here:  Heirloom Soapworks’ deodorant, in both Men’s and Ladies’ varieties…and it is 100% guaranteed to be effective at stopping odor.

aluminum-free deodorant

Best of all, it is an aluminum-free, paraben-free deodorant formula!  It took months, (long, hot summer months) of experimentation, testing and tweaking the formula (and honestly some stinky testers) but we have finally perfected our deodorant.  It is now available in our brick and mortar soap shop in downtown Lebanon, IL (20 min. from St. Louis) and in our online Etsy shop.

We offer our deodorants 100% naturally scented with pure essential oils, as well as varieties fragranced with phthalate-free fragrances.  We are also happy to create a custom-scented bottle of deodorant just for you!

Why care about whether deodorant contains aluminum?  Studies have shown it’s link to both Alzheimer’s Disease AND Breast Cancer -yikes!

Also, studies have shown that aluminum absorbed through the skin to be particularly toxic.  This website has lots of information if you would like to study the subject: http://www.controlyourimpact.com/articles/antiperspirant-aluminum-and-alzheimers-disease/

Contact us at 1-855-SOAP-4-ME , visit our Online Etsy Shop (see link in our menu bar above), or visit us at our Lebanon, IL Soap Shop (20 min. from St. Louis, MO) to get yours.

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Handmade Soap Cupcakes

At Heirloom Soapworks, we are busily preparing our soap cupcakes for Valentine’s Day 2015.   Handmade soap is always a treasured gift, but we find that cupcakes are even more wonderful for gifting.

handmade soap cupcakes 2015

Why?  Well, we think, in part, it is the universal appeal of the cupcake.  Everyone loves a cupcake….after all, what’s not to love?  But a cupcake made of luxurious handmade soap (also possessing it’s own share of universal appeal) is quite possibly a perfect Valentine gift!   Why? 1. Lasts longer than chocolate  2. Smells sumptuous 3. No calories,  and best of all 4. They’re just plain CUTE!

These delightful soap cupcakes come gift-boxed and ready for giving.  Stay tuned for more varieties, and feel free to contact us to reserve your cupcake(s) for pickup in our Lebanon, IL soap shop. We are also happy to ship to you or directly to your special someone!

Happy Soaping!  :)  ~Becky

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