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Enjoy the luxury of homemade soap. All our soap is made one batch at a time in my kitchen in our home which is nestled in the Beartooth Mountains of rural Montana. I make the soap completely from scratch using the cold process method of soap making.

Stillwater Suds was started the spring of 2009 shortly after our first child was born. I do this business so I can stay home with our children (two girls now ages 3 and 1) while helping to supplement our families income.

I currently make all hard bar soaps. I’m working on expanding my selection to include liquid soaps, lotions and lip balms.

My soap recipe uses very moisturizing ingredients including olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, palm oil, palm kernel oil, avocado oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil and wheat germ oil. These are all vegetable oils and are very good for your skin. The soaps works up a very nice lather and even works very well for shaving. We’ve not spent any money on shaving cream since we started making our own soap in 2009!

Our soap is scented with a variety of essential oils and fragrance oils. If you are looking specifically for one or the other please see the item description. Some soaps have extra additives like oatmeal, flower buds or even coffee! Another plus is that our soap is simply wrapped in recycled paper. No plastic bottles to throw away!

Check out our different scents and get ready to lather up with natural homemade soap!

Here are some FAQ’s about homemade soap to help answer questions. If you have anymore questions feel free to contact me.
• The word saponification is defined “soap making”. The root word sapo is Latin for soap.
• Is this harsh “lye soap?” The term “lye soap” goes back to “pioneer days” when soap was made using animal fat and wood ash lye. That could have been a harsh bar of soap. We still use lye (sodium hydroxide) to make soap, but it’s clean and new, not from last winter’s ashes out of the stove.
• Lye (sodium hydroxide) is the alkali that is used for saponification. Saponification is the chemical reaction that occurs when lye is mixed with the oils and butters. When saponification is complete you are left with soap and glycerin.
• Glycerin is a natural by product of saponification. Many commercial manufactures remove the glycerin from the soap because it “gums” up the machines. Then it’s put into lotion to help correct the problem (dry skin) originally created by removing the glycerin. Glycerin is left in homemade soap, therefore making it very moisturizing and gentle to your skin.
• Homemade soap takes 4 weeks to cure.
• Our soaps are scented with essential oils, with fragrance oils and some with both. Ask or check the label if you are sensitive to synthetic fragrances.
• Be sure to use a well draining soap dish so your soap doesn’t dissolve!