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I make small batch soap, just for something different and fun! All are made in my Canberra kitchen. Most batches only make eight bars of soap. Soap has to be aged or 'cured' after being made, for a minimum of four weeks. All my soap for sale has been aged appropriately.

My Castile soap is made with a majority of olive oil, and the balance is usually coconut oil, and maybe some others (canola, castor, rice bran etc). These soaps are vegan.

I make my own tallow from beef fat offcuts from my friendly local butcher at Cooleman Court. Tallow is a great pure and hard white fat — where soap started from, back in the old days. Palm oil is the 'tallow equivalent' in vegan soaps; I choose to use tallow instead of palm oil for environmental reasons (here's a vegetarian soap maker's views on this topic). And no, tallow soap doesn't smell 'meaty'.

While I do sometimes use cosmetic-grade micas, I am now experimenting with making my own soap colourants from plant sources.

Other occasional additives include:

  • sodium lactate (a sodium salt that helps harden the bars of soap, so they last longer in your shower)
  • cooking salt (also a hardener)
  • colourants (eg mica, cinnamon, honey, titanium dioxide, chlorophyll, activated charcoal)
  • fragrances (fragrance oils or essential oils)
  • exfoliants (eg fine sand, coffee grounds, or poppy seeds)

If something catches your eye, or you're after a particular combo of ingredients that I might be able to make for you, drop me a line to order. I can accept payment by PayPal, cash, or direct deposit. All prices are per bar, and include GST. Postage is additional.

Soap
Tallow soap: Cinnamon
$6.60 (~95 g bars)

Ingredients: Homemade tallow, olive oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, fragrance, cinnamon

Soap
Castile soap: Cinnamon
$6.60 (~95g bars)

Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, fragrance, cinnamon

Soap
Castile soap: Unscented
$6.60 (~95g bars)

Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, mica

Soap
Castile soap: Honey
$6.60 (~95g bars)

Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, titanium dioxide, sodium lactate, fragrance, mica

Coming soon

These beauties are still curing, and will be available on the dates listed.

Soap
Tallow soap: Unscented
$7.70 (~110g bars) —ready 10 May

Ingredients: Homemade tallow, olive oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, titanium dioxide

Soap
Tallow soap: Lemon Myrtle
$7.70 (~110 g bars) —ready 15 May

Ingredients: Homemade tallow, coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil, sodium hydroxide, chrorophyll, titanium dioxide, fragrance

Doug's Death Soap
Lard soap: Peppermint Charcoal with Sand
$7.70 (~110g bars) —ready 18 May

Ingredients: Lard, olive oil, coconut oil, duck fat, sodium hydroxide, activated charcoal, fine sand, fragrance, red mica

What's gone before

A gallery of pretty things that have sold out.

Soap
Guest soaps for Gladstone House Holiday Home, Wales
Castile soap: Honey

Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, titanium dioxide, sodium lactate, mica, fragrance

Soap
Castile soap: Coconut & Lemongrass

Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, titanium dioxide, fragrance

As required by Australian law, I am registered on NICNAS (ID: NIC1002469), and have soapmaker's insurance.


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