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Soapsmith

Finely crafted handmade soap, bath and body since 1979

Altoona, Pennsylvania · 1159 Sales

Soapsmith

Finely crafted handmade soap, bath and body since 1979

Altoona, Pennsylvania 1159 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(320)

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Note from shop owner Due to high demand and low stock levels, my Allegheny Hearth on line venues are closed for the holiday season. I will be restocking and will reopen on Jan. 1.
Thanks to my loyal customer for another fantastic year - I owe my success to you! Have a wondrous holiday, filled with great joy. See you soon, Bonnie

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 4, 2016

Due to high demand and low stock levels, my Allegheny Hearth on line venues are closed for the holiday season. I will be restocking and will reopen on Jan. 1.
Thanks to my loyal customer for another fantastic year - I owe my success to you! Have a wondrous holiday, filled with great joy. See you soon, Bonnie

Bonnie Bartley

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Bonnie Bartley

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(320)
Jessica Cowan

Jessica Cowan on Dec 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This soap is so pretty and smells delightful. It is also much larger than expected, so I think I'll get to enjoy it for quite a while :-D

Jessica Cowan

Jessica Cowan on Dec 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This soap is GORGEOUS. It's bright and translucent and looks just like crystals. I can't wait to give it to my geologist cousin for Christmas!

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Inspired by nature's artistry of the silent falling snowflakes blanketing the forest and field with snowy white radiance, this exquisite set of six assorted soaps is a treasure. Wonderful gift item, the perfect token for your hostess or stocking stuffer.

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Fresh supply of my luscious lip butter balms - Watermelon, Vanilla Butter Mint, Cool Mint and Natural. Macadamia and Shea Nut butters, coconut and castor oils provide the silky feel while the bees and soy waxes give just the right amount of firmness.
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About

Finely crafted handmade soap, bath and body products since 1979.

I live in Altoona in Central Pennsylvania. The area is abundant in natural beauty. My home is located on 5 wooded acres, atop a hill in the heart of the breathtakingly glorious Allegheny Mountains-thus, the inspiration for the name Allegheny Hearth Soaps. I was born in Altoona and have lived here my entire life. It was a wonderful place, to raise my three sons, who are now adults. I plan to remain in this warm and welcoming place for the rest of my life, I can't imagine living anywhere else.

When we moved into our home in 1975, the property was completely outlined with mature pine trees. The first autumn, our yard was covered with pinecones. I picked 21 bushels and decided to make pine cone wreaths as Christmas gifts. Several people who were gifted with the wreaths asked to purchase them for their family and friends. Through the years, the requests kept coming. The store where I am employed was generous enough to allow me to place my floral arrangements and artwork for sale. 30 years later, I still work there. My soap cart offers my wares to our customers.

Soap making is one of my passions. I find great satisfaction in formulating products that pamper the skin and care for my customers. Working with the many aspects of the craft, I am able to be a mad scientist as well as an artisan. I am inspired by nature: my garden, the spectrum of colors, the textures, the herbs and flowers, the trees, the fragrances - all of creation. I also draw inspiration from my customers. They are the greatest. Many of them are so kind to take the time to write me notes and emails thanking me for the results they get from using my products. They sing my praises to their friends and neighbors, which grows my business. I am grateful to them and dedicate my efforts to them.

I am always mindful of the many generations of craftsmen who have passed along their skills. I strive to work for the advancement of the craft by honing my methods and techniques. I willingly mentor the next generation of artisans. I do demonstrations and presentations at symposiums and gatherings and I actively participate in soap making forums.In all aspects of my life, I am known for my organization and attention to detail. That attribute greatly contributes to my success in my family life, career, business and volunteer work. I manage my time carefully in order to meet the demands of a busy life.

I am a self taught artisan. I take advantage of every opportunity to learn all aspects of soap making. I read books, attend classes and conferences, I belong to organizations dedicated to the advancement of the craft and I converse with other soap makers to exchange ideas. I purchase my supplies from many vendors, searching the markets for the finest ingredients available. The internet has been wonderful. I made my first soap in 1979. The only oils and butters were limited to what was available in local supermarkets. Now I can revel in delights like shea, mango and cocoa butters, coconut, palm and avocado oils. Essential and fragrance oil selections are astounding. My studio shelves are filled with enticing amber bottles that I can blend to my heart's content. Colorants safe for cosmetic use are also readily available. I dance for joy when the delivery truck brings a new box filled with new delights, begging to be concocted into something unique and original that is sure to thrill my customers.

I have a well established local customer base. It is at the request of my customers, who are always asking if I have a website that I have decided to branch out to on line selling. I have shipped over 27,500 items via my on line venues. Please convo me if you need something not listed on Etsy. I will be happy to make a custom listing for you from my extensive 250 product line - all handmade personally by me for the finest quality control. I am always happy to offer my assistance.

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  • Bonnie Klisiewicz Bartley, Soapsmith

    Owner, Soapsmith

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Last updated on April 11, 2016
I am in my 37th year as a soap maker. I specialize in custom formulated soaps and a wide variety of skin care products. I have a full line of over 250 soap, bath and body item available in a wide variety of fragrance as well as unscented soaps, lotions, body butters, body powders and lip balms.

I welcome custom orders at no extra charge. Custom order wait times and details are available by contacting me at bonniebartley [!at] hotmail.com.

Free samples can be requested by sending a self addressed, stamped, padded envelope to:

Soapsmith,Bonnie Bartley
5514 6th Ave
Altoona, PA 16602

I will fill the envelope with sample sizes up to the postage provided. 3 stamps will get you a variety of samples including lotion/butters, matchbook size soaps etc. and a coupon for US $1.00 off your next purchase.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Other Method
Payment
I accept PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Etsy Gift Cards.

All items are available at my Altoona, PA retail location: Fiore's, 6th Ave & 55th St., Altoona, PA, in Eldorado, Rt. 764 next to the Sheetz Corporate offices. Local customers can pick up in person and pay with cash, check or credit cards.

Pennsylvania residents will be charged 6% sales tax.
Shipping
Regular stock orders are packed within 30 hours of payment and shipped the next business morning. I ship USPS, priority mail.

I will ship to the address you provide at the time of checkout. If you want your purchase shipped to a different address, please leave me a note immediately as I often ship within an hour of receiving your payment.

I charge the actual shipping fees or less. Any overcharge on shipping will be refunded as soon as I print the shipping label.

Free samples are included with every sale.

Due to the nature of my products - international regulations, taxes and import fees - I am no longer offering international shipping.
Refunds and Exchanges
I know you will enjoy my luscious products but if for any reason you are dissatisfied, simply return the unused portion for a full refund of the price of the item less postage fees. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer unless the product is defective.

Please note: Due to health and safety, any returned product will be destroyed. I never return any product, even unopened items, to my selling stock. I have a high commitment to customer satisfaction. You have my personal assurance that I will always provide the best in customer service and work with you to make your transaction pleasant.