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Heart of Iowa Soapworks
is nestled among the rolling fields and prairies in beautiful Central Iowa.
We strive to provide you with the highest quality Handmade Artisan Soaps and Toiletry products. You won't find any pre-made bases here. Just Genuine Handmade totally-from-scratch REAL Soap, NOT those commercially made transparent "glycerin" detergent bars.
Our soaps are created using the Cold-process method. This method insures that the naturally occurring glycerin remains in the final product to clean and pamper your skin. All the soaps are hand cut and trimmed, so slight variations in size and shape is to be expected.
We use only Food Quality oils and butters such as: Olive oil, Avocado oil, Sweet Almond oil & Rice bran oil. Fair Trade unrefined Shea & Cocoa butters are used generously to provide an extra emollient for your skin.
Since we come from a long line of farmers I offer soaps made from animal products such as Beef Tallow, Lard & Emu oil. Soybean oil is added for its skin care benefits and to keep my uncles in a job. Whenever possible we try to purchase locally direct from the farmer. Our goats milk was purchased from a farm just 3 miles from our house. Now, THAT is fresh!
Pure Essential Oils, the actual REAL plant extracts, are included whenever possible for scent and skin-care benefits. Skin-safe synthetic fragrance oils are judiciously used when a scent not found in Nature is desired.
The vast majority of our soaps do not contain additional colorant of any kind. If color is desired, naturally derived clays, herbs and plant extracts are used whenever possible.
As I sometimes have adverse reactions to artificial color, I prefer NOT to add them to the soaps.
Although our soaps smell good enough to eat, I wouldn't recommend it!
Keep these products out of the eyes!
Absolutely ALL ingredients are listed on the soaps. We can not assume any responsibility for skin allergies or rashes. If you develop irritations with our product, return unused portion for a full refund or replacement. We strive to create a product free of allergens, but the truth is, there is no such thing as 100% Allergen Free.
I've gone back to basics when it comes to packaging. The tops are no longer trimmed off. More soap for the customer, less labor for me. The soaps from previous years were 4 oz. with the new packaging they will be 4.5 to 5 oz. Packaging is simple. Waxed paper glassine bags and a black and white label.
I love all things handmade. My latest passion is handspun yarn. I have been spinning and dyeing my own yarn for around 5 years. I'm building up a stash faster than I can knit it up, so my husband suggested that I try to sell some at the COOP. I purchase the raw fiber from local sources whenever possible. The fibers are hand selected for quality. Each skein of yarn is unique. If you are searching for a particular fiber or color, contact me and I'll work with you to find what you need. I belong to a fiber group that has several members that grow sheep, alpaca & llama's. Samples of yarn are available at your request.
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Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
I create my soap from scratch with Cold Process or Hot Process procedures using locally produced ingredients when possible. No artificial colorants are used. My formula's have been developed over a period of more than 17 years of research and testing.
Highlights this Month
I'm back in the soap business after taking a hiatus in 2014 because of serious health issues. Problem solved. I'm easing back into it slowly. If there are any particular soap scents or products that you would like me to bring back, contact me and I'll see if it is feasible to add to the line.
Health and Beauty
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Allie's Almond & Oats
9 bars available. Order number of bars.
A top 10 seller for going on 17 years. It's named after a niece that used to help me in the business. Scented with a nice sweet honey almond scent with added colloidal oatmeal. Ingredients: Water, Olive oil, Coconut oil, Palm kernel oil, Rice bran oil, Castor oil, Lye, Fragrance, Cocoa butter, Shea butter, Oatmeal. 4.5 oz. bar
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Aloe Fresh Shampoo bar
13 bars available. Order number of bars.
Here it is! Shampoo without the added water! This is a natural cold-process soap that is Free of any detergents or artificial surfactants. No added fru-fru... just good clean hair. (small print) Not recommended for use in Hard water, because the minerals bind with the lather causing a soap scum that is hard to rinse out. Not recommended for highly tinted or permed hair. I recommend following the shampoo with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse. The ACV helps rinse off the shampoo and brings the pH of the hair and scalp back down to normal resulting in shiny, soft hair. No, your hair won\'t smell like vinegar once it\'s dry. It will just smell fresh! Add 2 TBSP. vinegar to about 2 cups tepid water. Work through the hair then rinse out. It\'s that easy!
First up, other shampoo bars to follow.
Aloe Fresh: Contains soothing Aloe Vera juice and a nice brisk Citrus Essential oil fragrance. This particular shampoo bar is Coconut oil Free. Ingredients:Castor oil, Palm kernel oil, Aloe Vera juice, Olive oil, Rice bran oil, Lye, Jojoba, Essential Oils. net wt. 4.5 oz.
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Chamomile Citrus Shampoo
14 bars available. Order number of bars.
It's back! Original formula. A long-time favorite of my shampoo bar loving crowd. Made with infused Chamomile tea and citrus essential oils. A pretty dark yellow colored bar.
Ingredients: Castor oil, Palm kernel oil, Coconut oil, Water, Rice bran oil,Olive oil, Lye, Jojoba, Citrus essential oils. net wt. 4.5 oz.
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Cotton reusable soap sacks
8 sacks available. Order number of sacks.
NEW Lower Price! I found a less expensive source form my cotton yarn, so I'm passing on the savings. I've had several requests for a soap sack that is reusable. So, here is what I came up with. Crocheted or knit (depending on my mood!) out of 100% cotton yarn. The sacks have a pull tie closure to hold in the soap. These are the best things for using up all those soap slivers. Open the top, toss them in, pull the bead to close it. The tie is long enough to hang the soap sack up to dry. This is my version of a soap on a rope. Great for use in a gym shower, you don't have to worry about picking up germs because it can be hung off a faucet and not placed on a shower shelf. Assorted colors.
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10 bars available. Order number of bars.
Made with good old-fashioned lard, coconut to add some lather and a bit of olive oil to round out the formula. Scented with a New Mown Hay fragrance oil..my sister Joan's favorite. Lard makes a nice creamy, long lasting bar. Your skin will love it.
Ingredients: Lard, water, coconut oil, lye, fragrance.
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Lilac Cream Soap
6 bars available. Order number of bars.
Goat milk soap made from fresh goat milk bartered from my neighbor. Scented with a lovely Lilac fragrance oil. Ingredients: olive oil, palm kernel oil, coconut oil,Lye, fresh goat milk, palm oil, soybean oil, fragrance. Net Wt. 4 oz.
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Twin Mint Soap
15 bars available. Order number of bars.
I could call this double-mint, but I don't want to get sued! Because, that is what this new soap smells like. In my new cocoa butter formulation, Peppermint and Spearmint essential oils combine to make a very fresh, bracing scent. Ingredients: Olive oil, Rice bran oil, Water, Palm kernel oil, Coconut oil, Lye, Cocoa butter, Peppermint & Spearmint essential oils. Net wt. 4.5 oz.
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Coconut Laundry Soap Bars Bulk
3 units available. Order number of units.
Do you want to make your own Laundry soap but not have to use a commercially made soap bar? This is the soap for you! 100% coconut, no scent or color added. Bulk packaged in 1# units. Grate it up, add Borax & Washing Soda and you have the makings for your own Laundry soap with no artificial additives. Gel Laundry soap recipe is included with the package.
Ingredients: Coconut oil, Water, Lye.
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Laundry Soap UNSCENTED
2 units available. Order number of units.
I've been making my own Laundry Soap from scratch for years. After a lot of prodding(Ok, hounding!) from my customers finally decided to offer it for sale. The formula is very concentrated, therefore making it economical to use. It only takes 2 TBSP. of Soap to clean a large load of laundry. Your clothes come out smelling fresh and clean, without the overpowering perfume scent of commercial brands. The base soap formula contains coconut oil, water and Sodium Hydroxide(lye). It is finely ground then blended with the other ingredients. This soap is UNSCENTED. There are NO DETERGENTS in my formula. You aren't paying for water, or a plastic bottle to go into a landfill. The Soap is simply packaged in a recyclable brown Kraft tin-tie bag.
Ingredients: Coconut oil, Washing Soda, Borax, Water, Epsom salts, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid. UNSCENTED and COLOR-FREE Net Wt 40 oz. Enough to clean approx. 32 loads of laundry.