tygerheart

Tygerheart Fine Soaps

South Carolina, United States · 96 Sales

tygerheart

Tygerheart Fine Soaps

South Carolina, United States 96 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to Tygerheart Fine Soaps. Let me be your savonnier. Let me be your teacher.

Tygerheart Fine Soaps offers pure, handmade soap. For your consideration are traditional lye soap formulations which contain various blends of animal fats, rendered from local sources, and vegetable oils. We also have a blend which contains no animal products at all, only olive, coconut, and castor oils. Our soaps have always been palm oil free.

The name, Tygerheart, comes from the area where my family lives, on the Middle Tyger River in the Upstate of South Carolina.

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Retail Locations

The Grain Loft
South Hwy 101
Greer, SC
across from the Barnyard Market
Hands on Soap Making Classes
http://www.grainloft.com/categories/cooking-classes.html

Also check out my basic soap making classes listed on the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild site. http://www.soapguild.org/memberpage/P/Teacher/797/Isler-Carol

Carol
info [!at] tygerheart.com

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Learn to make soap with Carol Isler

For nearly 20 years Carol has been making traditional soaps like her pioneer ancestors did. A retired chemistry teacher and science department chair, she taught soap making to her Chem II classes at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina. Carol is a certified soap maker and soap making instructor through the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild. Through years of experience, she has become an expert soap formulator, crafting soaps using locally grown botanicals as well as essential and fragrance oils.

In a basic level soap making class Carol will show you how to make soap from fats, oils, and lye. You will learn where to get materials, how to work safely with lye, how to mix lye with oils to initiate the reaction called saponification, and create luxurious handcrafted soaps for your family and friends. The basic class is 3 hours long. You will get hands on experience, a packet of instructions, and the confidence to attempt to make soap on your own at home.

Announcement

Welcome to Tygerheart Fine Soaps. Let me be your savonnier. Let me be your teacher.

Tygerheart Fine Soaps offers pure, handmade soap. For your consideration are traditional lye soap formulations which contain various blends of animal fats, rendered from local sources, and vegetable oils. We also have a blend which contains no animal products at all, only olive, coconut, and castor oils. Our soaps have always been palm oil free.

The name, Tygerheart, comes from the area where my family lives, on the Middle Tyger River in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Search for the Tygerheart Fine Soaps Page on Facebook

Retail Locations

The Grain Loft
South Hwy 101
Greer, SC
across from the Barnyard Market
Hands on Soap Making Classes
http://www.grainloft.com/categories/cooking-classes.html

Also check out my basic soap making classes listed on the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild site. http://www.soapguild.org/memberpage/P/Teacher/797/Isler-Carol

Carol
info [!at] tygerheart.com

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Learn to make soap with Carol Isler

For nearly 20 years Carol has been making traditional soaps like her pioneer ancestors did. A retired chemistry teacher and science department chair, she taught soap making to her Chem II classes at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina. Carol is a certified soap maker and soap making instructor through the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild. Through years of experience, she has become an expert soap formulator, crafting soaps using locally grown botanicals as well as essential and fragrance oils.

In a basic level soap making class Carol will show you how to make soap from fats, oils, and lye. You will learn where to get materials, how to work safely with lye, how to mix lye with oils to initiate the reaction called saponification, and create luxurious handcrafted soaps for your family and friends. The basic class is 3 hours long. You will get hands on experience, a packet of instructions, and the confidence to attempt to make soap on your own at home.

Carol Isler

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Make Your Skin Happy, Let Me Be Your Savonnier.

How I Started Making Soap

My first interest in soap making came from watching Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies stir the contents of her soap pot out by the cement pond. I imagined my great-grandmother doing the same thing in the yard by the Green River up in the North Carolina mountains.

The first year Dollywood opened up in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, my husband and I took our young daughter. There was an old granny-looking lady dressed in period costume out in front of a log cabin facade stirring a pot of soap over glowing embers. I stood to the side and watched while she explained what she was doing to a little group of tourists right in front of her. When they left she acknowledged me with a nod and a grin, and I just stood watching for a long time. It was late in the afternoon and hot. She looked a little haggard, and I guessed she didn't want to waste her breath on only one observer. I asked what the soap was made of because I had missed the beginning of her demonstration.

“Lard and lye.”
“That's all?”
“That's all, except for water.”
She reach over in a basket and handed me a small chunk of soap that she had made that morning. It looked and felt like white American cheese. But it didn't smell like cheese.
“This will eat my hide off, won't it?”
“Naw. Nothing gentler than lye soap.”
“Really? Nothing?”
“Nothing.”

She went back to scooping the hot soap from the cauldron into wooded soap molds and packing it down. I bought a bar from her for five bucks, a lot of money back then. That began my love affair with homemade lye soap. It made my skin feel good and I wanted to keep that. I was determined to find out how to make lye soap for myself, back before there was this thing called the Internet.

The only book I could find on making your own soap was Ann Bramson's Soap: Making It Enjoying It. I think I ordered a copy form Pick-A-Book bookstore at the mall. That book told me you could use other fats besides lard. I began saving my beef fat so I could render it for tallow soaps (which makes the best soaps, in my opinion). I looked for olive oil on sale and stocked up when it was. Coconut oil was kind of hard to come by around here back then. I had to drive to town to get it at an organic store way on the east side.

At school, I ran across an old high school chemistry lab book that had a soap making experiment in it and studied up on the chemical reaction of soap making, saponification. It was a good culminating lab that tied most all our lessons together, so I started making soap with my students in chemistry class if we had time.

I've been making and using soap personally for twenty years. I wish I had this knowledge and skill back when Daddy was still alive. He always had dry, itchy, skin. He rubbed his back against the door frame to scratch the itch. I started calling him Dusty. If I didn't use handcrafted soap, I would be in the same fix, probably leaving a trail of dust every where I went. Handcrafted soap helps my skin behave like it should.

If you haven't tried handmade soap, do me a favor and contact me to try some. I love making soap for people. I'm sure you would like it. Make your skin happy. Let me be your savonnier.

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  • Carol Isler

    Owner, Savonnier, Certified HSCG Soap Making Instructor

    How I Started Making Soap My first interest in soap making came from watching Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies stir the contents of her soap pot out by the cement pond. I imagined my great-grandmother doing the same thing in the yard by the Green R

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Last updated on February 9, 2011
Tygerheart Fine Soaps will make your skin happy.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Only PayPal and money orders are accepted.
Shipping
As soon as payment is confirmed, the package will go out the next day by USPS flat rate shipping if your order isn't a special request. Local clients may pick up your order and I will refund your shipping charge via PayPal. Email me to make pickup arrangements.

You may also find Tygerheart Fine Soaps at Creative Hands Artisan Center on Highway 29 at Groce Road in Lyman,
SC.
Refunds and Exchanges
Because of the nature of soap, I cannot accept exchanges or refunds. Please contact me if you have concerns. I want you to be satisfied with your purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
I'm a formulating savonnaire and have been making custom orders a long time. If you have a special request let me know.