Smallbones Studio: Handmade Soaps & Gift Sets

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I’ve been making soap since 2005 the old-fashioned, cold process way. Soap is one of those everyday items that, in my opinion, is worth spending a bit more for handmade value and safe, skin-friendly ingredients. My soap also lasts longer than most commercial brands. Handmade natural soap is a thoughtful gift for the person who doesn’t want more ‘things,’ but would love something both practical and beautiful. Please keep your soap in a dish that allows it to dry out between uses.

Pure Castile Soap, Set of three bars, $22.00
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Three bars of 100% pure Castile Soap (means 100% olive oil), handmade using the old-fashioned cold process method. This lovely unscented natural vegan soap can also be used as a shampoo bar. It makes a perfect consumable gift for any occasion. It’s also the best baby soap! BTW, men love it, too, in case you’re looking for a men’s soap.

Ingredients: Rain water (it’s soft so makes more bubbles), olive oil and lye (sodium hydroxide) – that’s all!
No chemical additives, no artificial scents, just pure, vegan, clean soap.

A favourite customer said: “Totally loved the pure olive oil soap – it was great for my sensitive skin, and the bar seemed to last forever!” Gina P., Peterborough

A traditional soap named for the Castile region of Spain, this pure natural olive oil soap is very mild, making it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive adult skin and for babies.

Many soaps are marketed as Castile, but unless they’re made using only olive oil, they’re not pure Castile. I use only 100% pure, extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil. Olive oil is good for you internally and externally! (Plain olive oil is very effective for diaper rash.)

More Customer Comments:

  • “The Castile soaps are wonderful! Beautifully made and excellent for sensitive skin, so moisturizing. Everyone was excited to find a bar of Castile soap in their Christmas stocking. Thank you Jane!” Denise & Lizzie, Florida
  • “Hey Jane, just a quick note…loving the castile soap, very hard and clean and long lasting…the best.” Cathy F., Hamilton
  • “These soaps are lovely. I’ve used/use them daily.” Jeff M., Peterborough

Lavender Castile Soap

Lavender Castile Soap, Set of three bars $22.00
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Three bars of lavender luxury! Pure Lavender Castile Soap is 100% natural, hand-made and vegan. Handmade lavender soap is a thoughtful gift for the person who doesn’t want more ‘things,’ but would love something both practical and beautiful.

I’ve been making soap for more than 12 years the old-fashioned, cold process way. See here to see and read how I make this soap. Many soaps are called ‘castile,’ but if they’re not made from 100% olive oil, they’re not. It’s called castile after the Castile region of Spain, where olive groves proliferate.

Smallbones’ pure lavender castile soap retains the naturally-occurring glycerin, an emollient that helps keep your skin soft and hydrated, but is removed from commercial soaps.

My soaps are all made with filtered rain water. It’s one of the reasons they suds up so beautifully. Lavender essential oil is soothing, calming and relaxing, analgesic, anti-depressant, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant and deodorant. Vegan soap contains no animal products.

Ingredients: olive oil, rain water, lye (sodium hydroxide), lavender flowers, lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil

These bars are about 3 5/8″ x 1 3/4″ x 7/8-1″ when well-cured (a little larger when fresh). The harder a bar of soap, the longer it will last. You can see how I make this soap on my blog here.

What others have said:

  • “OMG, these smell amazing! Lavender luxury is right; my skin feels so soft and silky after using these. Fast shipping and helpful seller. Will definitely buy again.” Kathy D., Tennessee
  • “Your Smallbones lavender soap is awesome. I gave it away as Christmas gifts and made sure to keep one for myself!” Cori A., Port Hope
  • “I love the soothing and silky feel of your soap with the refreshing scent of lavender. Makes a great hostess gift!” Jan H., Cobourg

Baby Bath Set, $25.00Baby Bath Set
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This baby gift set of two hand-knit organic cotton washcloths & my own cold process pure castile soap is the perfect baby shower gift set for small hands and gentle for children’s skin.

Organic cotton is beautifully soft and long wearing. My castile soap is made with saponified olive oil and soft rain water – that’s all!

This set is a thoughtful baby shower gift, newborn gift, or for an older child. The washcloths are approximately 6.75-7.00″/17.5cm square, so good up to age 5 or so, I would think.

Machine or hand wash/tumble dry low or air dry.

Castile guest soapsPackage of Four Pure Castile Guest Soaps, $12.00
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Package of four guest soaps, a lovely way to make your friends feel pampered – great as a hostess gift and wedding favours, too. If you have a B&B, wouldn’t hand-made soaps be a nice touch for your guests?

These are the same cold process soap as my full size pure castile soap, made with only saponified extra virgin olive oil & soft rain water. If you don’t want to buy full-sized bars without trying first, you could use one to sample and share with others who may be curious about the difference between regular store soaps and pure handmade soap.

If your guests forget their shampoo, they can use this pure soap for washing their hair, too. No chemical additives, no artificial scents, just pure, vegan soap. (Plain olive oil is very effective for diaper rash.)

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