Handmade Soap: Camellia Sugar


Camellia Sugar soap has one of my very favorite scents. It contains Camellia Sugar fragrance oil from Bramble Berry, which they describe as having hints of grapefruit, peach, and coconut water, with delicate florals, tart rhubarb, and warm elements. To me it also has a really wonderful berry scent! I just love this. It includes Cambrian blue clay and is topped with a sweet little pink flower and leaves I made out of melt-and-pour soap. This bar weighs at least 5.5 oz (156g). All soap is priced per bar (though several bars may be shown in the product photos).

To take care of your bar of cold-processed soap, try to avoid letting it sit in a soap dish filled with water. For the longest lasting bar, it's best to let it completely dry out between uses.

Ingredients: Olive oil, distilled water, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide (lye), mango seed butter, fragrance, shea butter, castor oil, sodium lactate, mica, French green clay, calamine powder, topped with dried organic herbs and flowers.

Our soap story:

When I started dyeing yarn a few years ago, my hands started to get really dry from all of the washing and rinsing of yarn I needed to do. I got interested in making my own lotion bars with my own customized essential oil blends.

That led to Andy and I experimenting with making our own cold-process soap. Making cold-process soap is ancient magic; it involves mixing fats and oils with sodium hydroxide  — lye — and then mixing rapidly but patiently as the solution saponifies, and turns into a glorious loaf of soap.

We use skin-loving ingredients in our soaps, including high-quality oils and butters, as well as natural colorants made from botanical materials and clays, micas and fragrances (both essential oils and synthetic fragrances) from only reputable suppliers, and additives that promote bar hardness (sodium lactate).

Our soaps are large! We're still figuring out what the perfect-sized bars are for us, but currently our bars range from 5 oz. to 7 oz. (though we list the bigger ones conservatively at 5.5 oz.) We cut each bar by hand and wrap and label each one, making them the perfect little gifts for giving.