All of our soaps are handmade in small batches in our kitchen near Houston, Texas, by our founder Dorothy. Our absolute favorite soaps are created from historical recipes, family recipes passed to us through our research, and those created in her “what if” moments in the soap room. Pioneer, rancher, farmer, and Victorian era recipes are always fun for her to work with. We do adjust recipes as needed to meet current legal requirements or avoid ingredients now known to be harmful in our products.
We use food grade fats, oils, or butters in all our old fashioned soaps because we believe you shouldn’t rub it on your body if you wouldn’t put it inside you! Most of our soaps come scented or colored to keep it interesting. When we add a scent, we use with either essential oils or nature identical fragrances that are free from parabens, phalates, or formaldehydes. Our colorants usually come from herbs, spices, flowers, fruits, vegetables, or a nature identical colorants. We avoid FD&C dyes, preservatives, vitamin E, and those kinds of products whenever possible. Our soap bases can include any of the following, so please check your labels or email us if you have a concern or allergy to work with: olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, tallow, lard, grape seed oil, soy, cocoa butter, shea butter, beeswax, avocado oil, hemp oil, and occasionally the palm family. (We prefer not to work with the palm oil family at this time as the argument about sustainability is still ongoing. Custom orders can be considered on a case by case basis.) Soaps marked as “traditional” may include animal fats such as the tallow or lard to harden the bar. “Olive oil” or “Coconut oil” soaps in our lists do not contain animal fats and are vegetarian friendly.
Why nature identical and not the real thing? There are a few reasons. Some absolutely beautiful colors that nature provides us that can not be legally used anymore, such as heavy metals that aren’t mined anymore due to toxicity concerns, or a colorant used in the Victorian era are now known to cause serious health issues. We do not use FD&C dyes in our products.
Soaps made with alcoholic liquids, such as the beer, wine, whiskey, and rum soaps, have the alcohol cooked off as part of the natural soap making process. You can’t get drunk by eating them so please don’t try. Beer and wine do change the final bar of soap as far as lather; the other alcoholic liquids used are mostly for fun.