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Genuine Handmade Soap & handspun Yarn|
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.