small batch. handmade. artisan
A LITTLE ABOUT
SOAPS BY DORIE
I make quite small batches of soap with immense joy and care to offer you a little bit of luxury in your daily care routine. I strive to produce a gentle bar of soap that will leave you feeling clean and pampered, while also being pleasing to the eye and other senses.
I began making soap years ago in an effort to help my dry, itchy skin. If I'm honest, most of my soaps are formulated for me. However, I slowly began formulating soap with different qualities and for different people, as well as my pets. It's been a wonderful journey! I hope you'll be part of it.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my site.
You Asked, I Answered
Did you know that I make very small batches of soap which makes it extremely do-able if you'd like a custom bar? In most cases you won't even need to order a full nine bars but just four. I love working with clients to provide a product they are really excited about. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to talk about a custom bar.
DO YOU ACCEPT RETURNS?
Unfortunately, I cannot accept returns on soap. It's a quality assurance thing. That said, if you have a problem with an order, Please! I want to know about it and I'll try my best to make it right.
DO YOU USE ANIMAL FATS IN YOUR SOAP?
Short answer? Yes, sometimes. However it's not my go-to.
Complete answer? I eat meat and believe it's ethical to use as much of an animal as possible. In addition, I've had good results and feedback on these soaps.
WHY ARE SOAPS DIFFERENT WEIGHTS?
Each batch is different. It loses moisture, hence weight, as it cures, especially in my dry climate. In addition, textured tops mean every bar varies from it's neighboring bar. So, though I try to be as accurate as I can, weights are approximate. The up side is that, even though it weighs less, a longer cured bar lasts longer.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS?
I'm doing the same things you are; staying in, washing my hands, being careful. I wear gloves when I make soap and I wear a mask.
Soap is a very harsh environment, especially before cure. Even after cure, soap does a better job of destroying the Corona virus than antibacterial hand sanitizer, according to two articles I've read.
Yes, I do handle soap with my bare, but clean hands. I've found that my tapes and adhesives stick to my gloved hands like crazy making packaging difficult.
WHAT’S THE MINIMUM ORDER AMOUNT?
There's no minimum so order as little or as much as you like. However, orders over $35.00 ship free in the US.
DO YOU USE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS?
Some of them are, some aren't. At this point, I usually make all organic soap upon request.
Interested in all organic soap? Please, let me know and I'd be happy to make some. Really!
ABOUT WRAPPER OPTIONS:
NOTE: In order to streamline processing and packaging I've begun wrapping my soaps before I receive orders rather than wrapping to order. Pictured above is my wrapping paper, although the brown bands have been replaced with blue-green ones. There will of course be a transition period.
In an effort to decrease the amount of plastics I use, and contribute to, I offer three options in regards to wrappers.
1. Naked. Just a naked bar of soap in all it's glory, clutching a modest label.
2. Shrink Wrap. The same labeled soap as above but clothed in plastic shrink film.
Note: There will be holes in the film to allow the soap to breathe. I usually put these in the corners. Also, when my shrink film supply runs out I will no longer offer this option.
3. Paper. Labeled soap covered simply in a tasteful paper wrapper; a perfect little package
or gift, ready to give...or keep.
These options are located on the product pages so be sure to
look for them. If no options are selected I'll make the choice myself,
which will depend upon the stock I have.
Some soaps (like melt and pour) don't like plastic wrappers and
I'll note that on the product page.
FREE SHIPPING IN THE US
I don't charge extra over and above the actual cost of shipping. I'll be using primarily USPS, thru Shippo, to save us all a little change. You should see real time shipping rates at checkout.
My most popular sized boxes are: 6x4x3 inches that holds four to five bars. A 9x4x3 holds six to eight bars. A 9x5x3 holds nine plus bars, depending. These boxes will fit neatly into a padded flat rate envelope.
WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?!
Sodium Hydroxide: Lye. Can't make soap without it.
Potassium Hydroxide: Like the lye above but used in softer application, like shaving soaps.
Sodium Lactate: derived from beets and corn, this liquid salt helps soap set up harder and faster and can even help soap last a little longer.
Titanium Dioxide: a natural, white opaque mineral often used in cosmetics, paint and food. Soap makers use is to lighten and brighten a soap from beige to white or turn a saturated color to pastel. I use non-nano particles.
Stearic Acid: derived from Palm, it's used, amoung other things, in shaving soap to produce a lot of lather.
Soy Wax: I use this in my shaving soaps as it is also high in stearic acid.
Pictured: The best of times with my beloved Friesian, Ynse, at the Colorado Horse Park.
Soap making has helped fill a void after the loss of my horse and best friend two years ago. I love the creative outlet, especially when the weather outside is inhospitable. Every single batch of soap has an unknown quantity to it; a sense of anticipation. It's exciting!
I also very much enjoy gardening and although fresh produce is nice, I'm such a sucker for flowers and herbs, which I sometimes incorporate into my soaps. Colorado is hands down the hardest place to garden I've ever experienced and as an Air Force wife, I've gardened in many places.
My husband and I keep chickens, have goats, raise turkeys and share our house (and most everything else!) with our two Irish Wolfhounds.
Stella & Hazel
Word on the Street
"Wow! What great soaps!!! Some are works of art, too beautiful to use."
"I got so many compliments on the soaps I gave as gifts!"
"I am far too happy about my new soaps than I should be! "Slippy Hippy", I love it! My bathroom smells great and it leaves my skin so soft."
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