Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Story of Emily's Handmade Soaps' Brick & Mortar Grand Opening!

The first thing I need to say is that I'm SO grateful.





Grateful to the family that came in to help me get the shop together. 
Grateful to the friends who were so full of support and kind words that I may have shed a tear or two. 
Grateful for the amazing, encouraging culture of Des Moines as a whole. 
Grateful for the surrounding business owners who, out of the goodness of their heart, walked into my shop to welcome me and offer to share flyers for the big grand opening day. 
Grateful for so many of the soap lovers of weeks, months, and years past, who visited to start their holiday shopping.

I'm so grateful. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Giveaway Opportunity!

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Fall is well under way, and this year I've decided to participate in a giveaway! I'm giving away $25 in products of your choice from my website as part of the 5th Annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway on the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog. Eleven handmade shops are participating in the giveaway in which one lucky winner will receive a prize package worth over $300!

You can enter to win via the giveaway widget on this blog post. There are tons of ways to grab extra entries to the drawing, so make sure to check it out. Good luck!

Enter Giveaway Here

Friday, September 9, 2016

More on Natural Colorants


Now that farmers market season is wrapping up and my holiday show schedule is taking form, I've had a little time to catch my breath and reflect on the past few months. If you've visited my website recently, you may have noticed a shift in favor of more essential oil soaps than those using fragrance

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Making Soap Runs in the Family!

Our popular Pumpkin Soap will be back beginning next month!

Soap making runs in the family! I was recently discussing my soapmaking business with my mom, and she had some fond memories to share about her own grandmother (my great-grandmother) making laundry soap when she was a youngster. The tale goes something like this:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Adventures at the Farmers Market

The kids are out of school, the sun is (mostly) shining here in the Pacific Northwest, and farmers market season is in full swing. In the past couple of weeks, I've had the pleasure of vending at the Kent Farmers Market, Burien Farmers Market, and my favorite (I'm biased because I live here!), the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market. Needless to say, it's been a very busy time of hauling soap to and from locations, and of course, making more soap! Here are some notable highlights from the past few weeks of farmers markets.

Bartering for Berries in Burien


I had the opportunity to trade my soaps for a flat of local, organic berries from another vendor at the Burien Farmers Market recently. It doesn't get much better than this! I've also bartered my soaps for bakery bread, signs, and jewelry in the past.

Fresh, local, organic berries. It doesn't get any better than this!


Oh, the People You'll Meet!


Monday, June 20, 2016

First Day of Summer Scents

Today is the first day of summer, and I have some classic, limited edition summer soaps coming your way!


Summer is Coming!

Sandalwood Soap


Sandalwood is just one of those classic scents that bring to mind walks on the beach and hanging out around the campfire with friends on those warm summer evenings. I added

Monday, May 23, 2016

New, Notable, and Naturally Nourishing

With farmers market season right around the corner, I've been working on stocking up on some new (and returning) artisan bath and body products for you! Here are some new, notable, and nature-inspired goodies that you'll want to check out. 

Tea-Inspired Soaps


As you know, dear readers, I like to use alternate liquids in my soaps from time to time. I recently had a special order for a tea-themed bridal shower, so I took the proverbial ball and ran with it! The result was two tea-themed soaps that are made with real green tea. Jasmine Green Tea soap is earthy and fruity with real green tea sprinkled on top. White Tea & Ginger soap has a floral and citrus scent that is as delicate as the white and gold swirls within the soap. I topped it with organic ginger tea for some visual interest.


Jasmine Green Tea soap is one of two tea-themed soaps that are new this month!