Friday, July 17, 2015

WHen you say "animal friendly" you really mean....?

There is so much controversy around being vegan, or animal free, or not testing on animals or even some vegetable oils destroying habitats.  Well, this is where Homestead Soapery stands on it.

I DO NOT use animal fats in my soaps.  In order to use animal fats, an animal has to die.  No animals are harmed in any way when I use animal products in my soaps.  Now with that said, yes we do use animal products, but it's sustainable and non-damaging products in any way.  The animal products we use:

Beeswax and honey from local, small farm bee keepers.  They are well cared for bees and I have built a reputation with my suppliers.  This is not big box purchases from companies who supply soapers.  I buy local whenever I can, which leads me to...

Goat's milk, and/or cream.  I have searched far and wide for farms around me who sell their goats.  The farmers that I work with are ones that I have inspected their farms and their goats are the happiest things on earth!  If I wouldn't feed it to my kids, I'm not putting it on their skin.  The same for the cream.  While I use cream rarely, it is an animal friendly ingredient, again locally purchased from small farms, not a factory farmed overworked cow that is pumped full of antibiotics.

Silk.  How the silk I purchase is harvested is after the worm is done with the cocoon, it's the remains of the cocoon that I use.  Silk brings a luxurious feel to the skin and I use it for my luxury soaps.

So, now you know where I buy my direct animal products, but what about my oils?  Ok, there has been a lot of controversy around palm oil and rightfully so.  Unfortunately there's also a TON of misinformation about it.  For example, yes there are companies who destroy the rain forest to harvest the palm.  There are also small farmers who sustainably harvest their palm oil.  THOSE are who I purchase from.  The company I go through guarantees that it's sustainable.

We don't want to destroy our environment.  We live on this planet too, destroying it would be like tearing your own house down.  It just doesn't make sense to those of us at Homestead Soapery.

Ok, that's all well and good but do you test on animals?  UGH.  Ok, when you think of animal testing and cosmetics, you picture dogs getting chemicals injected into their eyes.  No.  NO NO NO.  On every level this is wrong and we WILL NEVER test on animals this way.  However, we have 3 dogs and 2 cats that get baths.  They like the attention from the baths.  One of my dogs has severely dry skin and I had to formulate and test lotions on him to help stop his extreme scratching.  So, do I "test" on animals?  If you consider getting a bath and then a pampering treatment with lotions testing, then yeah.

Now with that said- while our soaps and products aren't 100% vegan, you can see that we, as animal lovers, would NEVER harm our animals and don't like that others do.  You will never, ever find an animal product that has either harmed an animal, or is left over from an animal slaughter in any of our products.   Not as long as I own my company (and unless I get a multi billion dollar contract, it'll be until I die.  And since I don't see the chances of a multi billion dollar contract anytime soon, it's safe to say I'll own this until I can pass it down to my children.).

Friday, May 30, 2014

Homestead Soapery is undergoing construction...

Hello everyone!  thanks for tuning in to my blog.  Homestead Soapery is undergoing construction.  I'm making many many things happen for my soaps over the next few months and I will be at several craft fairs in the fall!  If you're local to the Ozark, Alabama area- come see me.  I'll post a calender of events coming soon!

I'm also trying new scents or "flavors" as I like to call them!  Brand new looks will be coming, and oh, so yummy goodness- good enough to eat (but please don't!  They'll probably no taste as good as they make you smell!).

Also coming out with a men's line and seasonal favorites which will be limited editions- these are in addition to my regular line of soaps that everyone will love.

I'm also going to be making some bath fizzies as well as lotion massage bars.  I hope you come join me on my soaping journey- so many things happening, so many new "flavors" coming out!  Hope to see you soon!

Be blessed!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Questions I've been asked.

Why is each bar different?
Heather has formulated her recipes for each batch of soap.  Since we make our soap in small batches, it will vary slightly in shape and size, not in quality.  Each bar is individual and different.  There will NEVER be two bars of soap just alike.  This is due to the unique way that each batch of soap is swirled with color.

Where do you get your ingredients?
Like a good journalist, we're not going to reveal our sources, but rest assured- we choose the finest but also the most cost effective ingredients to ensure you get absolutely the best value!  This means that you get a high-quality soap for the least amount of greenbacks.

Does your soap contain lye?
Short answer- no.  You can not make soap without lye, but the reaction between the lye, water and oils have changed to create soap.  Since all of our soap is checked before it's packaged and sent out, we ensure that there is no active lye in the soap, so you can be sure that our soap in the product that you get will not have lye in it.

Can you make me a special scent?  Do you do special orders for my event?
Yes, we can do special orders.  Due to the curing time of our soaps, it will take at least 2 weeks after the soap is made to get to you.  We require that you purchase an entire batch of the special scent you want.

With any special order, we can do certain custom items.  Want to give small "guest sized" soaps for favors?  I can do that.

Do you give a discount?
Not at this time.

I'm allergic to nuts, do your products contain nuts?
A list of ingredients is on the back of each soap.  However, if you're unsure, we recommend you test the soap before you use it.  Wash the inner part of your elbow and let the soap sit for a few minutes, and rinse like normal.  As with anything else, any adverse reaction and you should stop using the soap.

What kind of soaps do you offer?
Well, aside from body bars, Heather has used the soap in laundry detergent.  It has not stained or discolored our laundry as of yet, and has actually saved us money!  You only need 1T. of soap per load, and even works in our high efficiency washer.  This is use at your own risk.  We do not assume any responsibility if you break your machine, or destroy your clothes because of error.

I bought a soap I thought I'd like but I don't like the scent, can I return it?
Unfortunately no.  We don't take soap back and the reason is for sanitation issues.  Even though you may not have used it, would you want soap that has been in someone else's bathroom?  Neither would we.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email us at

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Back in the swing.

I've made soap for about 10 years.  I love it.  it's clean, it's moisturizing, it's even luxurious.  We've been told for years that commercial cleansers are better for us.  This is SO not true!  Considering that in a bar of soap, they will extract the glycerine (the moisturizing property) and then sell us moisturizers, that commercially made bar of soap that you bought in the store ended up costing you more than just money.  It's stripped your skin of the wonderful oils that it needs while possibly damaging your skin cells with other chemicals.

no thanks.

That is a major reason why I started Homestead Soapery.  I wanted to get my family clean without drying them out, damaging their skin, and even without the pain in the butt it would be to clean out the tub after the little ones have bathed!  How many little ones you ask?  I have 5 children so far, and even on the youngest two -2 1/2 months at the time of this posting- use the very mild soap from my collection.

Lots of new things happening here at the homestead, so I'll be updating soon.  I'm waiting for some of my ingredients to come in, but when it does, boy howdy!  TONS of soap coming soon!  I'll video tape as much of that as I can, too and put it on this blog. :D

As always if you have any questions, you can always email me at

In the mean time, have a blessed day!