Artisan Goat's Milk Soaps + Nature Greeting Cards

Staunton, Virginia

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Welcome to Pleasant View Soaps! From greeting cards and note cards to handmade soaps and custom calligraphy, the products you find here invite you to join me as I seek to reflect the beauty and order of God's creation.


Last updated on Jul 24, 2021

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Welcome to Pleasant View Soaps! From greeting cards and note cards to handmade soaps and custom calligraphy, the products you find here invite you to join me as I seek to reflect the beauty and order of God's creation.


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Last updated on May 10, 2022
Thank you for browsing Pleasant View Soaps/Graceful Designs! I enjoy taking every opportunity to capture the beauty of creation whether through a lens or with a paintbrush or ink. I hope you find something here that catches your eye!

Please read below for general information about my policies, but feel free to contact me anytime, and I will be happy to help you with any additional questions you may have.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I'm sorry, but I do not offer refunds at this time. I trust you will be satisfied with your purchase. If for some reason you are not completely pleased, please contact me.
I accept Paypal. If you do not have a Paypal account, you can still render payment securely with a credit or debit card through Paypal.

Sales tax will be applied to orders from Virginia residents only.

Please be sure to pay within 24 hrs of ordering, or your order will be canceled. Thank you!
After confirmed payment for your order, your merchandise will be shipped within 1-3 business days, unless noted in the listing. I ship via USPS First-class Mail or Priority Mail, depending on weight. If you would like to request a faster shipping option please convo me.

If the shipping is overcalculated, you will be refunded the extra shipping charges.

Your cards will be packaged in a stiff protective mailer to keep them safe from damage during transit. Your soaps will be wrapped separately by scent.

If you are purchasing a gift, I am happy to include a note and mail the package directly to your recipient without a sales receipt. NOTE: be sure to select the correct mailing address when you checkout with Paypal.

Please allow 2 weeks for shipment of custom items. Thank you!
Additional policies and FAQs

Q: Do you accept custom requests for artwork, such as personalized calligraphy projects?

A: I happily accept custom orders. Please convo me with your idea.

Q: What is the difference between the 2 types of photo cards you sell? What is meant by "Photo Frame Cards?"

A: The Bright White Photo Cards are created using plain white cardstock with a smooth finish; the stark white color makes a striking background for the photo for a simple, classic look. The Photo Frame Cards are created by actually inserting the photo print behind the card opening, causing the picture to be "framed" by a colored border. These cards are a bit heavier in weight, and the paper has a textured, natural oatmeal color. Both types of cards would look great placed in a frame.

Q: Are the photo cards acid-free?

A: Yes, all of the photo cards are crafted with archival paper which will help keep your photographs safe for years to come. The envelopes and even the storage bags are also acid-free. Additionally, the paper, envelopes, and ink used for the brush-lettering and stamped cards are acid-free.


Q: The soap sounds so good, I could eat it! Are your ingredients organic?

​A: We strive to keep our soaps as natural as we can, and yes, most of the ingredients are foods or herbs and our scents inspired by nature. While we can't guarantee that all our ingredients are sourced organically, we can state that the cocoa and shea butters are unrefined and organic. What you use on your skin is important.

Q: Are your soaps vegan?

A: Most of the soaps we offer are made with animal products (lard and milk, sometimes honey), although we do offer a line of vegetable-based olive oil soaps. Use the filter in our shop to find our array of olive oil selections.

​Q: What is in the Dirt soap you sell? Dirt?

​A: Yes, this question is asked often, albeit jokingly. The brown tint and speckles you might see in the Dirt soap is achieved with cocoa powder, not actual dirt. The soap is scented with a fragrance oil that smells just like fresh, moist earth - "good dirt."

​Q: What is your most popular product?

​A: Some of our customers' favorite soap varieties would be Lavender Lemongrass, Blackberry Sage, and Wake Me Up.

​Q: Will the soap melt if stored in high temperatures?

​A: No, the soap is stable and will not melt; however, if left in sunlight for an extended time, the scent may dissipate, at least on the surface. Once in use the soap will usually release its scent. The solid balms and lip butters should be stored at room temperature; as they are beeswax products, they will get soft if warmed.

Q: How long does the soap last (in storage, in use)? Does it go bad?

A: The longer a soap sits in storage, the more moisture evaporates and the harder the bar becomes, making for a long-lasting product. Most of our soaps will still retain their scent after 1-2 years of storage in a closed container, and if made correctly with quality ingredients, there should be no worries about rancidity.

​Many customers report their delight that our soaps last a long time when compared with commercial soaps or even other handmade soaps. We recommend keeping the soap dry between uses to prolong its life and to prevent mushy bars.

Q: Which is the best soap you offer for dry skin?

​A: If you are not accustomed to using handmade soaps, you will find that any of our soaps are excellent for dry skin, because of the rich glycerin content, goat's milk, and other conditioning ingredients. Further, you might consider trying one of our many varieties that include shea or mango butters. Olive oil soaps are also very mild.

​Q: I have sensitive skin. Do you have a soap that would be beneficial?

​A: Especially gentle and mild are our castile soaps, which contain exclusively olive oil and would be wonderful for facial use. One customer with sensitive skin testifies that she was able to use our Skin Soother soap when other brands caused her to break out. As always, please test products before use if you have sensitive skin. While recognizing that some skin issues are more than skin-deep, we hope that you'll consider our products as a helpful part of your natural skin-care routine.

​Q: Do you sell lye soap?

​A: Well, yes, technically, all our soaps are lye soaps. Read on:

Sodium hydroxide, or household lye, is an important part of cold-process soapmaking, used to convert the base oils into true soap and glycerin, in a natural process called saponification. When the soap is fully cured, the lye has been completely transformed, and there is no longer any remaining. The soap you buy from Pleasant View Soaps is superfatted with extra conditioning oils and has been cured at least 4 weeks to give you a mild bar that will be kind to your skin. It's not your grandmother's "lye soap" which could be harsh and super-cleansing....

However, we do offer a special product called Laundry Lye soap, which simply contains lard and lye, like the old-fashioned soap, as some customers are looking for help with stain removal, poison ivy remedies, a bar for homemade laundry detergent, and more. While this soap doesn't contain any additional oils, it is not lye-heavy, to ensure a non-irritating and useful product.