New England Handmade Artisan Soaps

Worcester, Massachusetts

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

New England Handmade Artisan Soaps is closed. I apologize for the inconvenience. If you request notification, you will receive an email in the event that I reopen.

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New England Handmade Artisan Soaps

Friends and family enjoyed my handmade soaps and encouraged me to share them with others. I love making soap. Each time I whip up a batch of soap in my kitchen, I like to try something new, refine older techniques, and see what happens. I am constantly researching my craft, and each new batch is better than the last.

I make soaps using the cold process soap-making method using only vegetable oils. Cold process soap making involves mixing a unique combination of vegetable oils, especially chosen for their various properties to cleanse and condition as well as their ability to produce a creamy and fluffy lather, with sodium hydroxide, also known as lye. The chemical reaction that results consumes all of the lye, leaving behind luxurious, handcrafted soap. Once you've tried handmade soap, you'll never return to the commercial soaps so drying to your skin. I have even found that I can use little to no moisturizer and lotion.

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  • Dana Huff

    Owner, Maker

    I am an English teacher and department chair, wife, and mother of three children. In addition to making soap, I love to write, read, listen to music, and cross stitch.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
My handmade artisan soaps are made from 100% natural vegetable oils, skin-safe fragrances and essential oils, skin-safe natural and artificial colorants, and other natural ingredients such as honey, herbs, vegetable and fruit purees, oatmeal, tea, milks, and aloe vera using the cold process method. I make my soap in small batches in my Massachusetts kitchen and hand cut each bar. My bars come in three sizes: approximately 3-4 ounces, approximately 4-5 ounces, and 5-6 ounces, though no two bars are alike, and due to the handmade nature of the soap, bars may vary in size. Each bar of soap is cured for at least four weeks before it is listed for sale, resulting in a harder, longer-lasting bar of soap.

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Returns and exchanges
Due to the personal nature of the product, I am unable to accept returns or exchanges. Your satisfaction is important to me. If there is ever a problem with your order, please contact me so that we can reach a resolution.
I accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and PayPal. I regret I cannot accept checks or money orders. Orders are shipped within three business days of full payment.
I ship within three days of order to the United States. Shipping may take longer for international orders due to customs slips requirements. Soaps are individually wrapped in glassine bags and mailed in padded envelopes or boxes with packing fill. Shipping via USPS, first class or priority mail. If I am able to ship your goods cheaper than my listed shipping price, I will refund you the difference.
Additional policies and FAQs
Sometimes people ask these questions, not covered in my FAQ.

Can I have your recipe?
As I am sure you understand, my recipes are something I have labored over quite a bit. I do share some recipes on my blog. Recipes I share may be licensed under Creative Commons. Thank you for understanding that I am unable to share my proprietary recipes.

Do you have classes?
Not at present, but feel free to contact me for opportunities. I do have a YouTube channel. I have a limited amount of time and resources, and I am not likely to offer regular classes any time soon.

Are your soaps vegan?
Some of them are. Others contain milks, honey, or cruelty-free tussah silk. However, I do not use animal fats in my soap. Ingredients are posted on all my listings and all soaps are labeled with ingredients. If you are not sure about a soap, just ask.

Are your soaps natural?
Natural is not a term that is regulated by the FDA. I don’t refer to all of my soaps as natural because many of them have skin-safe synthetic ingredients, such as colorants and fragrances. In fact, some of these synthetic ingredients are safer than so-called "natural" ingredients. However, some of my soaps are made with natural colorants and essential oils, and I do refer to them as natural. In all cases, I firmly believe that my handmade soap is better for skin than detergent-laden commercial soaps. I have been using my own handmade soap for years, and my skin is soft, healthy, smooth, and clean.

More information

Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I do custom orders! Please contact me with your request. I do not have custom requests turned on site-wide, but if you send me a message, we can discuss your request.

Sizing details

Sizing varies due to the handmade and hand-cut nature of the product, and sizes are posted on individual product pages in both dimensions and ounces.

Care instructions

Handmade soap melts away quickly in the shower because it contains no artificial hardening ingredients. To make your soap last longer, let it dry between uses, and keep it on a draining soap dish. Do not leave it in the direct stream of water in the shower.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Soaps are packaged in glassine bags with ingredient labels.

Wholesale availability

I am not able to fulfill wholesale requests at this time. Thank you for understanding.