Skaneateles Soap Company

New York, United States · 81 Sales


Skaneateles Soap Company

New York, United States 81 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Natural, clean rinsing soaps crafted from food grade carrier oils and scented with high quality oils.
Now Offering Flat $6.00 shipping in the US on any size order!

Last updated on Jul 12, 2016

Natural, clean rinsing soaps crafted from food grade carrier oils and scented with high quality oils.
Now Offering Flat $6.00 shipping in the US on any size order!

Skaneateles Soap Company

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Skaneateles Soap Company

FREESIA- Felted Natural Bar Soap- Merino Wool
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How We Were Born

Most people don't remember much about being born, but we do. And it's a fascinating story. Really!

It all started with a little girl, a boo boo and a rash.
When my daughter was very small, she had (ok, she still HAS) a propensity to injure herself. Mundane trips to the kitchen would often result in an "owie", as she fell down or crashed into something on the way. This really isn't all that different from most little kids making their way in a big world with limbs too big, but the difference with my daughter is that she has VERY sensitive skin. We couldn't leave band-aids on for very long or they would give her a rash. We tried product after product that was marketed for babies and kids, only to find that soaps and bath products gave her reactions too.
After burning the candle at both ends, the middle and the inside out studying and learning about chemicals in body care products, (I discovered how toxic candles are along the way, and sadly, they are now banned in our house too, but ...I digress) I decided to make my own products.
Since skin is the largest organ in the human body, and absorbs 70-80% of what sits on it, I started by manufacturing the soaps with food grade oils. Since my daughter was so allergic to colorants and fragrances, I elminated them entirely and scented the soaps mildly with pure essential oils. The result is soap that is clean rinsing, pure and refreshing!
Many people today are de-sensitized to scents. Many products have such strong scents in them that the body adjusts, thus, requiring stronger and stronger scents to be effective. It's always interesting to me how 1 person can smell a fragrance and think it's very strong and another person can come along and smell the exact same fragrance 2 seconds later and say he/she can barely smell it.
Along the way in my manufacturing, I had many requests to make stronger scented soaps and/or scents that are not cost effective to produce with essential oils. (I once manufactured a beautifully pure vanilla soap that retailed for $20, since vanilla essential oil is very expensive. Needless to say, it was not a best seller. We no longer carry that soap)
After some soul searching, I decided to add a fragrance oil line to satisfy the customers who wanted a more natural soap, but were still overly sensitized to commercial fragrances. I've taken some heat on this decision from the "purists" who don't think I should "pollute" a natural soap with a fragrance; however, I have always been of the mindset that people tend to make changes in baby steps. My goal has always been to educate people on the choices they make, then allow them to make choices of their own accord, armed with knowledge. The biggest difference between our fragrance line and other manufacturers, is that we only use phthalates free fragrance oils. Phthalates are ubiquitous in fragrances and have been linked to several health concerns.
Choice, quality and honesty. That's how we roll... and we welcome you to roll along with us on our journey!

Warmest wishes in health,

M Anne Len

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  • M Anne Len


    I began making natural body products circa 2003. Soap is my 1st love. I sold my products at local farmer's markets, then opened my own store in downtown Skaneateles NY. Life events happened and I stopped for a few years, until 2015. Now soap. Yay!

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Shop policies

Last updated on May 14, 2016
Welcome to Skaneateles Soap Company! In a fast paced world, take some time to stop and smell the soap.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Major credit cards accepted

All taxes, duties and customs fees are buyer's responsibility. These fees are NOT included within the product prices or the shipping costs and vary by country.

We can cancel any order(s) at buyer's request unless the products have been shipped.
Orders will ship Monday- Friday with the exception of US Postal Service Holidays.
We offer flat $6.00 shipping within the United States (AK and HI included), including AFO and APO
Please be certain your shipping address is correct. Items returned as "undeliverable" by the post office for any reason will incur extra charges to re-ship.

International shipping is available to some countries. Although we ship the product(s) out immediately, international shipping can take several weeks to receive.
Buyers are responsible for all VAT, duties, customs and/or other fees in accordance with their country's rules. We have no control over these fees, as they vary by country and are NOT included within the products' prices and shipping costs.

Contact us immediately if a package arrives damaged.

Packages that are lost/misplaced in transit will be tracked to the best of our ability. Usually, people find packages that they consider lost by asking friends, family or neighbors about the misplaced package. If however, a package does not "turn up" after inquiring of friends/family/neighbors, contact us to assist in further investigation.

We mainly ship utilizing First Class or Priority Mail. If you require faster shipping, please convo to inquire about additional options and costs.
Refunds and Exchanges
We will accept refunds within 14 days from receipt of products. All returns must be in unused/unopened and re-saleable condition. We will not grant refunds to products returned used/ opened and/or not in re-saleable condition or damaged/lost in the return shipping process. We strongly suggest all returns be insured.
Unwrapped items cannot be returned for sanitary reasons.
Shipping costs are non refundable.
Additional policies and FAQs
Soaps listed for sale are soaps that are currently in stock and will ship immediately, unless otherwise specified in the listing.
If, for some reason, the product will take longer to produce, we will contact you prior to making/shipping to see if the estimated time frame is acceptable to you.

Care Of Natural Soap:
Since these are natural soaps, they are best kept dry in between uses. Allowing a soap to sit in a pool of water will create a mushy mess and decrease the life expectancy of the bar. Soap savers are inexpensive and keep the bars dry in between uses. They can be found on Etsy in drug stores, dollar stores, etc..
Because these bars retain their natural glycerin (we don't add glycerin, it is created naturally by the saponification process) they may exhibit "sweating" in humid climates. This is normal. It's the glycerin attracting moisture to the bar. (this is why glycerin is so coveted in body care, it adds moisture to parched skin). Simply move the bar to a cooler, drier area and the "sweating"
should stop.

Food Grade
Although our carrier oils (and even the lye) are graded "food grade", all soaps are for EXTERNAL use only. Soap is not friendly to intestines. It also tastes bad.
Do not eat the soap.

Soap is made with lye, there is no way around it. If soap is not made with either Sodium or Potassium Hydroxide, it's technically not soap, it's just chemicals. Properly made soap converts the lye into soap through saponification and none remains.
Our lye is actually certified food grade, unlike most other soap makers (yes, lye is used in foods like pretzels and black olives), but don't eat the soap.
Soap is for external use only.

Sustainable Palm Oil/Palm Oil Free/Vegan/Scented/Unscented... OH MY!
Many soap makers have a "base recipe", meaning, most or all of their soaps utilize the same combination of oils and fats. Admittedly, that's more streamlined and much easier to keep track of. Skaneateles Soap Company doesn't have 1 base recipe, mainly because buyers have different skin concerns, social and economic concerns.
One size does not fit most.
We have palm oil free soaps, soaps made with palm oil (all palm oil used is part of the RSPO- Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), vegan soaps, non-vegan soaps made with goat milk, honey, wool or oils, such as Emu. We have scented soaps with phthalates free fragrance oils and pure essential oils, as well as, unscented soaps.
Simply put: diverse people want diversity of products.

What you will NOT find in our products are artificial colors (including micas and minerals used to "swirl" soap), cheap filler oils (ie: canola, corn, cottonseed or soy) or chemicals like "melt & pour" bases.