Welcome to 
   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.

                        -Dorie

 

You Asked, I Answered

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 do 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.

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.

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.
   I really try to list the weight on my soap label as less than they weigh by a good margin to account for evaporation.

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 and/or face shield.

   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. 

   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.  If you are bothered by this, just send a note with your order and I will happily gear up.

   

        Did you know that I make very small batches of soap which makes it quite affordable 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're really excited about. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to talk about a custom bar.

 ABOUT SHIPPING:

   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  will fit neatly into a padded flat rate envelope.

   

FREE SHIPPING IN THE US

OVER $35.00!!!

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Natural Beauty

ABOUT INGREDIENTS:

WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?!

Image by Bill Oxford
  • 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 it 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, among 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.

  • Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate or SCI: A super mild plant based surfactant made from coconut. It produces stable, fluffy, bubbly, foam so is often used in shampoos and even bath bombs. 

  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine: This is another very mild surfactant with conditioning properties and is often used with SCI because SCI is dissolvable in it and the two together have luxury foam properties.

  • Optiphen: a preservative that is paraben and formaldehyde free. It's included in formulations, like lotion, that include water and protects against microbial growth.

 
Natural Cosmetics
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Pictured: The best of times with my beloved Friesian, Ynse, at the Colorado Horse Park.

I'M DORIE

   

 

   Soap making has helped fill a void after the loss of my horse and best friend several 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.

 
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Stella & Hazel

(please note that the face trim in NOT  the correct look for an Irish Wolfhound but a groomer miscommunication.)

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Image by Matheus Betat

TESTIMONIALS

Word on the Street

 

"Wow! What great soaps!!! Some are works of art, too beautiful to use."

Sharon S.

"I got so many compliments on the soaps I gave as gifts!"

Sheryl H.

"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."

Antonia

"Beautifully made and packaged artisan soap. I use Stud Finder for guys. Primo."

Pat H.

For Soaps not Listed in my Storefront page

Cream + Honey

Contains:Olive / Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Coconut / Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water / Aqua, Lye (NaOH) / Sodium Hydroxide, Almond / Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Castor / Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cream / , kaolin clay / , Cocoa Butter / Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Mango Butter / Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Pure Honey FO / , Shea Butter / Hydrogenated Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), oatmeal, milk & Honey FO WSP / , Beeswax / Beeswax, Sodium Lactate / , honey / 

Berry + Vanilla Bean

Olive / Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Coconut / Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water / Aqua, Lye (NaOH) / Sodium Hydroxide, Almond / Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Castor / Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, kaolin clay / , Cocoa Butter / Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Mango Butter / Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Shea Butter / Hydrogenated Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Bramble Berry FO / , Vanilla, Tahitian / , Wedding Cake / , Mica, Raspberry / , Mica, lounge lizard green / , Titanium Dioxide, water soluble / , Mica-2021-0094, Klein Blue / 

 Coastal Woods

Olive / Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Coconut / Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water / Aqua, Shreds, colored, scented / , Lye (NaOH) / Sodium Hydroxide, Almond / Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Castor / Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter / Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Shea Butter / Hydrogenated Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mango Butter / Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Sea Salt, black / , Birchwood Oud / , Sodium Lactate / , Pacific Pearl FO / , Sea Salt FO / , Balsam Fir / , Titanium Dioxide, water soluble / , Fir Needle / , Cedarwood, Himilayan / , Black Spruce / , Peppermint / , mica-2020-0002, grey satin pillowcase / 

Lavender + Chamomile Baby Castile Bar

Olive, Organic / Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Water / Aqua, Lye (NaOH) / Sodium Hydroxide, kaolin clay / , Lavender, french / , Chamomile eo / 

Scull on Thames

Olive / Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Water / Aqua, Coconut / Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Lye (NaOH) / Sodium Hydroxide, Almond / Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Castor / Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, kaolin clay / , Cocoa Butter / Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Mango Butter / Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Shea Butter / Hydrogenated Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sea Salt FO / , Sodium Lactate / , Sapmoss type SC / , Sea Moss-rices / , Coastal Rain FO / , mica, silk pillowcase grey / , mica, Aphrodite Blue / , Mica, lounge lizard green / , mica, Twilight Blue / , mica-2021-0093, Dark Navy Blue / , Kelp Powder /