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Why Handcrafted Soap?

Conventional soaps available in stores today are not really soaps at all, but detergents. Detergents are petroleum-based products that tend to leave your skin feeling dry, itchy and tight. Thankfully there is an alternative that offers multiple benefits when used. Handmade soap’s popularity is growing rapidly as a chemical free alternative to conventional soaps.

We, the soapmakers at The Soap Gallery, use only food-quality, natural ingredients, starting with a variety of vegetable oils such as olive, coconut, or palm, and now, with the introduction of our cosmetics line, rice bran oil. To these might be added specialized oils, nut butters or seed extracts to bring the desired qualities to the finished bar.

Fragrance oils or plant-based essential oils are added for scent. For color or texture, The Soap Gallery often uses cosmetic-grade pigments or dyes, botanicals, herbs, spices or other natural ingredients. For those with sensitivities, we also make “simple soap” with no additives or scent.

Besides all the wonderful ingredients that may be in handcrafted soap, perhaps the biggest advantage of handcrafted soap is in our soapmakers themselves, each of whom invests their care and attention to detail into every batch and bar. When you use a bar of handcrafted soap, you know it was made with the personal touch of YOUR local
soapmaker.

What About Glycerin?

Glycerin is a “humectant”, which means that it attracts and retains moisture on your skin. It is like a natural skin lotion in the soap. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soapmaking process. Most commercial soap manufacturers remove the glycerin from the soap, process it and then sell it to other industries where it is used in foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other products.

With handcrafted soaps, glycerin remains intact in the soap. The end result is mild, pure soap that gently cleanses your skin without being harsh, irritating or drying.

What’s the Difference?

Commercial soaps are manufactured in large factories (often located overseas) staffed with anonymous employees, using the most economical ingredients. Often they contain some or all synthetic detergents; most have the glycerin removed.

Handcrafted soaps are manufactured locally in small batches with the personal oversight and care of Miss Louise, the soapmaker. She uses high-quality ingredients and is able to add specialty oils and additives to personalize her formulations. The creative artistry of each formulation results in soaps that are different and unique, offering consumers a wide selection of soaps that are not only natural, but functional and beautiful as well.

To Buy some of our beautiful bars, please click HERE.

Miss Louise
soapmaker

Populating the Shopp

After much tweaking we finally have the shop area behaving! Look forward to a fuller list of items for sale as we enter in products – remember ALL manufactured by us – into the catalogue.

This makes me very excited!

We are also very pleased to say we’re going to be putting our “stamp” on things, as it were. So everytime you see newstamp
this on an item you can be assured that it has been handmade by us.

Herbal Escents?

Today I am writing in order to explain the move from www.herbalescents.com to our new name, The Soap Gallery. When I first started this business there was no intention to move further than the local Farmers Markets. However with the success of our product line I was happily forced to rethink this model and restructure it for growth.

Herbal Escents is too close in name to other products to enable a trademark or copyright. Once the decision was made to re-evaluate our business model a new name was sought. The Soap Gallery sounded just right to us, so here we are! We hope this hasn’t inconvenienced or confused any of our customers. Every product is still handmade by my daughter and myself – only the name has changed!

Yours gratefully,

Louise Storkey
owner/soapmaker The Soap Gallery

A sad day, indeed….but a new beginning too?

Today was our last market day here in Poulsbo, WA. This was a sudden change in our business plans but family issues have come up which are leading us into possibly moving back to Winnipeg, MB. Where is Winnipeg? Think of the movie Fargo. We will be about 2 hours north of that ^^.

The weather today was in the 90’sF and the market was sparse because of this. However we still managed to reach our goal. We broke even last week after only 2 months in business, selling once a week at the market and we celebrated our meager profit today with Chinese food. It was nummy!

We’ll be spending the next several weeks transitioning and updating the site and bookmarks so everyone who knew Herbal Escents will now see the website point to The Soap Gallery. I’m actually pleased with our new name due to all the new horizons which open up to us.

Well that’s it for today. Oh! Except welcome to our new contributor, Deanya. She’ll be taking over most of the blog portion of this site. She will be bringing to Soap Gallery her unique perspective on what it’s like to be an apprentice in soapmaking. I’ll let her introduce herself.

Bye for now,

Miss Louise