Handmade Vegan + Organic Soap from Portland, Oregon

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Handmade vegan soap from Portland, Oregon

When I started Prunella Soap, I was thinking a lot about the “lost arts” like baking from scratch, woodworking and quilting. I was also becoming increasingly aware of the amount of chemicals and synthetic ingredients that commercial cosmetic products contain and wanted to rewind back to the days of using natural ingredients to make soap.

I am inspired by European culture, design and cooking, especially anything that is made in Italy. I love how Italians make the most amazing meals out of very simple, fresh ingredients. I also find inspiration in the amount of time and craftsmanship that has traditionally been associated with Italian fashion and furniture design.

I have spent some time learning about the “slow food” movement and am interested in translating that mindset to the cosmetics industry by using only the most wholesome, basic ingredients in the soap that I make.

Prunella soap contains all natural, mostly food-grade ingredients that are plant-based as opposed to coming from animals. I use only essential oils – no artificial dyes, fragrances or preservatives in the soap. When choosing my soap recipes I take into consideration the origin of the ingredients and enjoy learning more about the healing properties and cultural traditions of the natural spices and herbs that I use.

The name Prunella (Princess be exact) was a nickname given to me by my mom when I was a little girl because I would stay in the bath too fingertips would turn to "prunes!"

I hope you enjoy browsing through the shop, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or just to say hello!

Shop members

  • Janell

    Owner, Maker

    Hello & welcome to Prunella Soap! My name is Janell and I make vegan cold process soap the old-fashioned way in Portland, Oregon.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022

Thank you for visiting Prunella Soap! I make cold process soap in small batches in Portland, Oregon. All of the soap recipes are vegan, no animal products are used in the soap and it is tested only by me and my wonderful friends and family. Please see below for detailed information about the ingredients I use.

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Returns and exchanges
Due to the nature of the product, I am not able to accept returns. When Prunella customers are happy, I am happy, so my number one goal is to ensure that you are pleased with your purchase. I can email proof of mailing to international customers and I am not able to offer refunds to international customers for undelivered packages.

If there are any issues with your order, please send me a message and I'll be happy to discuss options with you.
I accept payment via Paypal and credit card via Etsy Direct Checkout.

Sorry, checks and money orders not accepted at this time.
Orders will be shipped to the address specified on your Etsy invoice, not your Paypal shipping address. If you have special shipping instructions, please be sure to include the information in the Note To Seller when you make your purchase.

All orders ship via USPS First Class or Flat Rate Priority Mail (depending on weight of the package) and will be mailed no more than 4 business days after payment has been received, unless and extended lead time is otherwise noted in the listing that you purchase.

Please note that international shipments (including Canada) typically take 10-14 business days to receive. Shipments to Australia and some parts of Europe may take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive.

There is no tracking information available when mailing packages internationally. International customers need to inquire with your local post office and be aware of any issues regarding the receipt of cosmetic products, including soap, that is being mailed from the United States. Customers are responsible for any local fees, duties, taxes or brokerage charges that may be incurred on your package upon its arrival in your country. Please inquire with your local post office to find out the fees associated with your order prior to purchasing from Prunella Soap. If for any reason you do not claim or are unable to claim your package from Customs I will not issue a refund.

After adding the first item to your shopping cart, the shipping cost is automatically reduced on each additional item that you add. I typically use USPS Priority Mail flat rate boxes when shipping an order of multiple items and will refund the difference in postage cost, if necessary, once your order has been shipped.

Please send me a message if you have a question about shipping a specific combination of multiple items from the shop. I can also set up a reserved listing for you for all of the items you are interested in purchasing that will reflect an accurate postage cost.

I love my local customers, unfortunately I am not able to coordinate & schedule local order pick-up times for Portland customers during the fall and winter months. Local shipping costs are typically $3-$8 and I am happy to either set up a reserved listing for you to reflect the exact postage cost of your order or issue a refund for shipping through PayPal if applicable on your order of regular shop listings.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you!
Additional policies and FAQs

Coconut Oil (Certified Organic): Origin - Philippines. Expeller Pressed/Refined. Moisturizing agent serving as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin. It also acts as a mild oil suitable for those with inflamed and irritated skin, and those with skin sensitivities. The physical refining process is approved under organic processing regulations.

Palm Oil (Certified Organic): Origin - Brazil. Cold Expeller Pressed and Refined. The harvester and manufacturer of the palm oil used in my soap adhere to highly detailed sustainable harvesting protocols with oversight from state and third party environmental programs.

Olive Oil (Grade A, Pure): Origin - Italy. Attracts external moisture to the skin and still allows normal functions of the skin (such as sweating, shedding of dead skin and releasing sebum) to take place. Good for rheumatic conditions and inflammed skin.

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil: Origin - Sri Lanka
Lavender Essential Oil: Origin - France
Lemongrass Essential Oil: Origin - India
Peppermint Essential Oil: Origin - USA
Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil: Origin - USA

Scottish Oatmeal - Bob's Red Mill Stone Ground

Sodium Hydroxide


Regulations set forth by the FDA prohibit bath and body companies from making health-related claims about beauty products. I am not a medical or healthcare professional and do not claim that the use of my soap may have a positive effect on pre-existing physical and/or mental health conditions. The information in my listings pertains to the properties of specific ingredients used in my soap. Please consult a medical professional for treatment of serious skin conditions.