PipandLola is taking a short break
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Linda on Mar 22, 20225 out of 5 stars
Best soap you can find anywhere! Lasts forever, smells wonderful, and fast delivery. I buy for my family and gifts.
Sandy and Sarah on Feb 28, 20225 out of 5 stars
Love Love Love this product! Great fragrance and works! Will buy tons more to get through the summer!
Carol on Jan 14, 20225 out of 5 stars
This smells amazing! I slaughter on the shampoo bar and I really like it. Love the handwritten note. Your buiness card is a hoot.
Jacqueline on Jan 14, 20225 out of 5 stars
I've heard from so many people how beer is supposed to be good for your hair. When I found this Porter shampoo bar, I decided to try it. The packaging is nice and it doesn't have a strong beer scent. I used it for the first time a couple of days ago and at first wasn't sure what I thought about it. My hair felt very thick, almost like I didn't get all the shampoo out, and it felt rough and dry before I put conditioner on it. After my hair dried completely, I actually liked how my hair looked. It no longer felt like I had residue still left. It was nice and soft. It even seemed brighter and looked healthy. Now 2 days later without washing my hair again, it still looks very clean and healthy. Overall, I'm pleased and will continue using it. I bought one for my boyfriend to try since he owns a brewery.
invisible9 on Jan 8, 20225 out of 5 stars
I bought this soap to be part of a Shakespeare-themed gift basket, but I also bought a bar for myself. Great packaging, beautiful marbling in the soap, exquisite scent, very moisturizing, and excellent shipping timing. The recipient loved it too!
Soap Making is a dirty dirty business
The soaps started innocently enough. As a former column and newspaper features writer, Sami used to belong to several writing forums. One of her fellow writers had written a book on soap making so Sami bought it just to be supportive.
One batch in and she was hooked but soap making supplies in small town Texas were not exactly easy to come by so this new-found hobby was only a once or twice a year event.
Fast forward a few years and the family had moved to Tacoma, Washington. Sami was in need of holiday gifts and so she went digging through her old paperwork and retrieved her copy of the soap-making book. Before she knew it (and thanks in large part to the hippy dippy nature of the Pacific Northwest and its access to all things soap-makery) Sami was off and running making soapy goodness for friends and family alike. She gave soap as birthday presents, wedding presents, holiday gifts, cast gifts and bribes. She bartered soap for child care, photography services, acting lessons, and mechanic work.
People loved her soaps and she loved them for loving the soaps. She experimented with different recipes and created her own blends. Her friends were constantly after her to sell her soaps.
Finally in December of 2010, she decided to take the leap and opened her Etsy page. The name Pip & Lola's comes from the nicknames of her youngest children (Perrin and Lorelai) . The full name actually came at the suggestion of a friend, Laura. Sami gave herself a deadline and fully immersed herself in everything saponification. She wanted to make the kind of soaps that she would want to buy and that her friends and family would be able to use. She focused on function over form. She opted for natural scents and lightly scented at that because she knows so many people with migraine and allergy issues that she wanted to make something they could enjoy.
She "went live" on March 1, 2011 and was thrilled when they sold 40 bars their first month in business. It was going way better than she had hoped and the feedback was glorious. She learned the ins and outs of shipping to SIBERIA of all places her first month in business.
She began doing Farmer's Markets that summer (under the guidance and leadership of her other half, Bruce) and was flattered at the outpouring of love and support from the Tacoma Farmer's Market community.
In June of 2012, she and Bruce were having lunch in Freighthouse Square (a historic Tacoma landmark) and were excited to see that a wonderful storefront had become available. Fast-forward a few weeks and Pip & Lola's Everything Homemade had its Grand Opening on August 1, 2012 selling all handmade, all local products and has been taking off like a rocket ever since. After two years of retail shop ownership, they decided what they loved most was making soap so they gave up the storefront aspect of the business and are now focused on the soaps full-time.
As of July, 2015 they are now proud residents of Munhall, PA and in July of 2016 they opened their third retail location right on Main Street in Munhall.
Owner, Maker, Owner And Goddess Of Soap
Samantha is a little bit of a Do-It-All. Actress, Saponifier (soap maker), Knitter, Mom and Writer. She hopes to give all she does all she has.
Owner, Co-Owner And Builder Of Kilts
Bruce is the business workhorse and master of the Honey-Do list.
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