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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 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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Olive Oil: Castile, reputed to be the mildest soap for sensitive skin, is historically made with a high percentage of olive oil. This oil is included in the majority of our products.
Palm Oil: This tropical oils lends conditioning qualities and hardness to the finished bar.
Castor oil: Obtained from the castor bean. This oil is very conditioning and clean rinsing. Creates a thick, shaving crème-like lather. This is a major oil in our shampoo bars.
Palm kernel oil: A tropical oil that adds hardness and abundant fluffy lather.
Coconut oil: Added for its deep cleansing properties as well as the big, frothy bubbles.
Shea Butter: A true Luxury Oil. Obtained from the African Karite tree, this oil is high in Vitamins A&E. Reputed to be beneficial for seriously dry skin conditions, such as Eczema and Psoriasis. A personal favorite for my "experienced" skin.
Cocoa butter: Another skin-loving oil. Adds hardness and sheen to the finished bar. Also prized for it's moisturizing qualities.
Jojoba: Actually a liquid plant based wax. Very conditioning and a wonderful addition to shampoo bars. This is the vegetable equivalent to our skin oil.
Rice Bran Oil: A new oil to the soap making world. RBO contains Vitamins A & E and possesses some of the same qualities as Olive oil. Provides a rich creamy lather. This oil is added for it's natural anti-oxidant qualities.
Sweet Almond Oil: from the Almond nut. This oil is used in high end cosmetics. Very soothing with moisturizing properties. Another good oil for "experienced skin".
Avocado oil: Another luxury oil. High in Vitamins A & E. A superior oil for sensitive skin preparations.
Safflower Oil: A very conditioning oil with properties similar to olive oil. Used in sensitive skin products.
Lard: Good Old-fashioned rendered hog fat. This oil was the basis for the very first soaps created. Very conditioning, makes a nice hard bar. I prefer to use lard obtained from humanely-raised, locally produced animals. Support my Farm Family. A note to Vegans: All our soaps have the ingredients listed so you may choose accordingly.
Tallow: Obtained from rendered beef or sheep fat. Produces a very mild, snowy white, long lasting bar. Again, We try to use locally produced tallow.
Goat Milk: soaps made with goat milk have a very creamy texture that is wonderful for your skin. The natural lactic acid in the milk creates a lather that is milder than just normal soap made with water.
Handspun Yarn: Coopworth, Columbia, Icelandic Wool among others. Alpaca & Llama fleece.
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 11 years of research and testing.
Health and Beauty
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18 bars available. Order number of bars.
Yes. I said BEER shampoo!(AKA:Ginger Beer) Back by popular demand (whining and pleading was involved!:))The price of Ginger essential oil went through the roof, so the fragrance has been reformulated using mostly citrus essential oils, dropping the ginger portion. Created with my normal shampoo ingredients with the addition of good old American Beer.Try it, you'll love it!
Ingredients: Castor oil, Beer, Coconut oil, Palm kernel oil,Olive oil, Rice bran oil, Lye, Jojoba. Essential oil blend (Grapefruit, Litsea Cubeba, Lemongrass, Cedarwood)
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Bergamot & Violet Soap
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The first of several Limited Edition soap batches. Here is one for the light, floral fragrance lovers. It's very nice and subtle, not an overpowering fragrance that would fight with your favorite perfume. Big bars. They weigh over 5 oz. Ingredients: Soybean oil, Palm oil, Coconut oil, Water, Olive oil, Beef tallow (hand rendered), Lye, Fragrance oil.
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Cotton reusable soap sacks
9 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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Dragon's Blood & Amber Soap
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Created by request from one of our IFC farmers. I aim to please!
Smokey sweet Dragon's Blood is blended with a touch of Amber fragrance for a luscious, sensual blend. I can't quit sniffing this bar. Ingredients: Olive oil, Palm kernel oil, Palm oil, Coconut oil, Rice bran oil,Water, Lye, Castor oil, Fragrance. I did not trim the tops off of these so they weigh more than normal..over 5 oz.
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Fragrant Tresses Shampoo
4 bars available. Order number of bars.
Reminiscent of a certain "herbal" shampoo. This shampoo smells really, really good! Can be used head to toe. This is the same shampoo bar that used to be carried by a local mom & daughter herb store. Support your local Artisan and buy direct! Ingredients: Castor oil, Water, Coconut oil, Palm kernel oil, Olive oil, Rice bran oil, Lye, Jojoba oil. Fragrance and Essential oil blend. Net wt. 4 oz.
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Just Plain Goat Milk Soap
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Created with fresh goats milk. This bar is unscented with no colorant added. A very mild lather. Wonderful for those persons that have allergies to fragrance.Ingredients: Olive oil, rice bran oil, palm kernel oil, coconut oil, Lye, Fresh Goat milk, Soybean oil. No added scent.
The Goat milk used in this bar was bartered from my neighbor (she likes my soap!). Just plain good all around bar. Net. Wt. 4 oz.
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32 bars available. Order number of bars.
I am going through my supplies on-hand, and making up batches with fragrances I have left, to use them up. This was a very popular scent the last time I offered it. Once it's gone...it's gone for good. The bars are chunky cut at 1.25" and will weigh over 5.5 oz. The scent is SPICY, heavy on the cinnamon and clove notes. My husbands eyebrows came up when he smelled it! ;) Ingredients: Unrefined Palm oil (sustainably grown), Water, Coconut oil, Canola oil, Lye, Soybean oil, Fragrance.
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Spa Bar with Shea butter
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A luxury bar with the finest ingredients. Coconut oil free. This soap contains Dead Sea Mud, Unrefined, Free-Trade Shea Butter and Extra Virgin Olive oil known for their skin conditioning properties. Sustainably produced Palm and Palm kernel oils round it out for a fantastic lather. Scented with a mild herbal fragrance oil to give you the Spa experience. High Quality oils cost more to use, so the price has to be passed on. This is a beautiful, luxurious bar, one of the best I've made in years. Enjoy it while it's available! Ingredients: Olive oil, Palm kernel oil, Palm oil, Shea Butter, Water, Lye,Dead Sea Mud, Fragrance. 4 oz. bars.
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Wildman Shampoo bar
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This is a manly man shampoo bar! Heavy on Patchouli and Vetivert essential oils. It's smoky, deep and earthy. Fast becoming one of our top sellers. Men love to use this head to toe.
Ingredients: , Castor oil, Palm kernel oil, Coconut oil, Water, Olive oil, Rice bran oil, Lye, Jojoba. Essential oils.
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2 cloths available. Order number of cloths.
Hand-knit and/or crocheted out of cotton yarn or the New "Eco cotton" blend in assorted colors. Eco cotton is manufactured out of 75% recycled cotton with some added acrylic for stability. After working with this yarn I'm very impressed with the colors and texture. These are cloths are multi-purpose. Use them for washing dishes, scrubbing down counter tops to using them in the bath. They are very absorbent and have a nice scrubbie texture. Each cloth measures approx. 9" x 9". The pattern will vary according to my mood! ;-)