emmeloupunkinhead

Handmade Artisan Soaps

Evansville, Indiana 0 Sales On Etsy since 2016

emmeloupunkinhead

Handmade Artisan Soaps

Evansville, Indiana | 0 Sales

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Last updated on Nov 23, 2016

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About

I was born to make soap...

In 1839, my German ancestors came over to America on a small ship. They must have been happy to be here, because after settling in they started a family and named their son "Christopher Columbus" and their daughter "America." My maiden name (which comes from them) begins with the word "Seife," and translates literally to "soap." While I don't know if any of my early ancestors came from a line of soap makers (tho they might have!), it was definitely in my blood, and my last name was a sign of things to come...

In high school, my sibling's friend brought over a variety of handmade soaps he'd made after finding a book in his family's library. One bar was a milk and honey soap, sprinkled with real oats along the top. Others were lightly scented with peppermint or colored with natural herbs. At that time, the internet didn't really exist, handmade soaps were fairly rare, and there were only maybe a couple books available on soap making. I remember being fascinated by the texture, color, and scent of the soaps, and thinking how amazing it would be to make your own.

Time passed and I earned a degree in business management, working many different jobs in various office settings. It wasn't until about a decade later that I picked up a small book on soap making at a local craft store. A few of the resources I'd read online made it sound like you nearly needed a Hazmat suit to make cold process soap. For that reason, I began with "melt and pour" soaps (using a pre-made base that was simply colored and scented). It was fun and I enjoyed it, but in the back of my mind, I was still drawn back to the traditional cold process method, where everything is made from scratch. As time marched on, I became a mom and life got even busier, but handmade soaps continued to intrigue and fascinate me.

It took many years after my first encounter with a handmade soaps before I finally had the time and resources (or courage) to make my own from scratch. But one day, I donned all my safety gear and made my first honest-to-goodness batch of homemade soap. It was love at first suds. Being able to control my own ingredients, to layer and swirl the soaps, and create a gorgeously handcrafted yet nurturing bar of soap was addicting. I loved being able to incorporate carefully hand selected oils, milk, honey, botanicals, clay, silk, and other natural ingredients, while eliminating the detergents and surfactants used in many commercial bars.

Soon I began keeping a stockpile of soaps on hand, and giving them out as as gifts. After delivering some soap to my grandparents, I was surprised to learn that my maternal great-grandmother used to make lye soap on their farm, when my grandfather was a boy. He said the soap was cooked in a big back iron kettle and then allowed to harden in the pot. Afterwards it was cut into bars, where one side was round from the sides of the kettle. The soap was was then used on everything from bathing and laundry to scrubbing the floors.

Some of my friends loved their gifted soaps so much, they began asking to buy them, so they could give them out as gifts to their friends and co-workers. From there my love of soapy things blossomed and grew. I continued researching and learning all I could, until I finally decided I was ready open my own business. The rest is pretty much sudsy history...

Shop members

  • Heather

    Owner, Creator, & Chief Saponifier

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Last updated on February 19, 2017
If you have never tried a handmade artisan soap before, you're in for a real treat! Our soaps are lovingly handcrafted in small batches, using high quality ingredients that are carefully selected. From intriguing colors to scents to swoon over, there is something to pamper even the most discerning. Be forewarned... once you indulge in a luxurious handmade soap there is no going back. You may find you never want to use a plain 'ole bar of commercial soap again. It is truly a splurge-worthy experience!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction. If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, please contact us within 14 days of receipt and we will do our best to resolve the issue and work something out for you. Shipping and handling fees are non-refundable, unless the error was on our part. Seller reserves the right to issue a refund, exchange, or store credit.
Payment
We accept PayPal and direct checkout (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Google Wallet, ApplePay, or iDEAL.) Etsy gift cards are gladly accepted.

Please note that Indiana residents will be charged 7% sales tax.

CANCELLATIONS:
If you need to cancel an order for any reason, please contact us within 1 hour of placing your order, so that we can void it prior to shipment. Once an item ships, it can no longer be cancelled.
Shipping
US ORDERS:
All items are shipped using United States Postal Service, and should arrive within 7 - 10 business days (excluding holidays). A free delivery tracking number will be provided to you once your item has shipped.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS:
International packages are shipped via United States Postal Service, which is generally the most economical method. Please be aware that international orders can sometimes take up to 4 - 6 weeks to arrive. International buyers are responsible for any custom fees, duties, taxes, etc. that are required by their country.

LOCAL PICKUP:
Unfortunately, we do not offer local pickup of orders, as it is not allowed by our our business insurance and license.

LOST OR DAMAGED PACKAGES:
We do our very best to ship things as safley and securely as possible, but are not always able to control how a package is handled once it leaves our hands. If your item is lost or damaged, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can look into it. For damaged items, be sure to save all shipping & packaging materials and take photos of damaged items, as this is required by the US Post Office.

INCORRECT ADDRESSES:
Please verify that the address listed on your Etsy account is correct and up-to-date. We are not responsible for items that have shipped elsewhere due to an incorrect address.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please be aware of your allergies and check the ingredients list prior to placing an order. As with any bath and body product, discontinue use if you experience irritation. Emmeloupunkinhead is not responsible for any misuse of products.