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Top 10 Soaps with Substance

Dec 18, 2008

by blinkingmouse

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Think of the dullest present you received last year. I bet you’re picturing a bar of soap. It’s mass-produced, same old boring scent. It’s hardly the most original gift idea. Yet year after year, surprised by a last minute Christmas gift from someone at work, or unable to think of a birthday present, many people find themselves handing over blocks of soap. Oh the shame.

The soap sellers at Etsy are determined to rejuvenate this product, and make soap the most exciting stocking stuffer of the season. Their handmade soaps now come in a range of inventive shapes and exotic scents. Suddenly soap has substance.

 

1. Rubber Ducky Soaps Custom Five by DuckySoaps

DuckySoaps has taken the simple rubber duck soap and reinvented it. You can find ducks dressed for every job in this shop, where cheerleaders and ninjas cohabitate. With this soap sample package you can choose any five ducky soaps and fill several stockings at once. $23.

   

2. Pancakes, Eggs and Bacon Soap by sunbasilgarden

Not only is this bar designed to look like a scrumptious breakfast but it smells like one too. This soap gives off a maple syrup scent sure to attract nice comments. Despite the handcut bacon and eggs design, this full breakfast is actually vegan friendly. $5.

   

3. Global Warming Soap by dugshop

Watch the world melt away in your hands. This vegan soap shows the fate of the world as global warming takes a grip. The land disappears, then the water until you’re left with a spicy, clove scented orange core. A fantastic gift for those committed to a cause. $15.

   

4. Sugared Spruce Christmas Tree Soap by HelloCrafty

The whimsical tree design of this bar will appeal to all Christmas revelers! $5.25.

   

5. Opium Stripes Soap by BeautifulSoaps

Highstreet shops have made a success of shower goodies made from hemp. At Etsy, sellers like BeautifulSoaps are interested in exploring cosmetic uses of other natural products that may previously have been misused. Using alternate stripes of white opium and sweet opium give this bar its attractive finish. $3.

   

6. Cupcake Soaps by LilyBaySoap

Colourful cupcake soaps will make any girl’s day. A variety of scents are available, such as raspberry vanilla and chocolate cherry. A dozen for $42.

   

7. Blackberry Sage Dragonfly Soap by freshandclean

This soap is perfect for the cool people in your life. With its black, sophisticated design and grown up scent, it would be a fantastic addition to any minimalist bathroom. $5.50.

   

8. Citrus Sunshine Kumquat Soap by RiverCitySoaps

Kumquat soap offers a unique take on the refreshing citrus soap. $3.20.

   

9. Beer Buzz Soap Set by dennisanderson

If you want to buy handmade but struggle to find things for the more “macho” people in your life, let me direct you to beer soap. This set consists of two bars, one made from Guinness and one made from Samuel Adams. This shop carries lots of soap made from different beers and many are vegan friendly. $10.

   

10. Goat Milk Soap – Frog Set of 2 by carvelcountrysoaps

Kids will jump straight in the tub if you buy a set of frog soaps. They come scented with a mixture of sweet orange and creamy vanilla, but custom orders are encouraged. If you would like a different scent, check out carvelcountrysoaps‘s profile for all of the available fragrance/essential oils. $5.

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Peppermint Twist Handmade Coconut Milk Soap - JUMBO BARS 6 oz. each - VEGAN
Peppermint Twist Handmade Coconut Milk Soap - JUMBO BARS 6 oz. each - VEGAN
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Theres An OCTOPUS In My Bathroom -  Glycerin Soap
Theres An OCTOPUS In My Bathroom - Glycerin Soap
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I Cant Believe Its Not BUDDHA Soap on a ROPE - GREEN TEA Scent
I Cant Believe Its Not BUDDHA Soap on a ROPE - GREEN TEA Scent
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Head To Toe...Pampering Holiday Gift Set
Head To Toe...Pampering Holiday Gift Set
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Soap Sampler, 16 Kinds of Handmade Soap
Soap Sampler, 16 Kinds of Handmade Soap
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HOLIDAY SALE Oh Christmas Tree  Limited Edition Soap
HOLIDAY SALE Oh Christmas Tree Limited Edition Soap
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NEW Gudonya Baby Legs (tm) Neapolitan Shaving Soap - BIG, heavy bars for longer life -- vegan
NEW Gudonya Baby Legs (tm) Neapolitan Shaving Soap - BIG, heavy bars for longer life -- vegan
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Rubber Ducky Soaps Special - CUSTOM - Pick Any 5
Rubber Ducky Soaps Special - CUSTOM - Pick Any 5
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GLOBAL WARMING Soap - 3 LAYERS - VEGAN
GLOBAL WARMING Soap - 3 LAYERS - VEGAN
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Opium Stripes Handmade Natural Soap
Opium Stripes Handmade Natural Soap
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Pancakes, Eggs and Bacon Soap
Pancakes, Eggs and Bacon Soap
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1 Dozen Cupcake Soaps - Hot Process Soap From Scratch LAST DAY TO ORDER THIS LISTING FOR XMAS 12\/12
1 Dozen Cupcake Soaps - Hot Process Soap From Scratch LAST DAY TO ORDER THIS LISTING FOR XMAS 12\/12
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Beer Buzz Soap Set
Beer Buzz Soap Set
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Goat Milk Soap-Frog set of 2
Goat Milk Soap-Frog set of 2
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Kahlua - Coffee Sweet Almonds and Vanilla  - scrumptious soap - 5 oz - aka the OMG  Soap
Kahlua - Coffee Sweet Almonds and Vanilla - scrumptious soap - 5 oz - aka the OMG Soap
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Citrus Sunshine Kumquat CP Soap - Have A Happy Day
Citrus Sunshine Kumquat CP Soap - Have A Happy Day
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110 comments

  • CourtneyBathBoutique

    CourtneyBathBoutique said 8 years ago

    Great article!

  • littleredbear

    littleredbear said 8 years ago

    ohh that cupcakes soap!! adorable.

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 8 years ago

    Love the waffle bowl ice cream!

  • swellvintage

    swellvintage said 8 years ago

    great selection! x

  • ZestyB

    ZestyB said 8 years ago

    Earth soap is clever! nice collection

  • PussDaddy

    PussDaddy said 8 years ago

    I am loving all the soaps!

  • DKAS

    DKAS said 8 years ago

    Love them all!!

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 8 years ago

    Oh yeah :) Sunbasilgarden's soaps are fantastic! I'm sooo guilty of soap gifting my entire family....

  • SpaTherapy

    SpaTherapy said 8 years ago

    humm... handmade SOAP!!!

  • akendall1

    akendall1 said 8 years ago

    A couple missing from the list I think: Lavendar Mint, all natural: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18698326 Lemon Spice Chef's Soap: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18423810 Hot Apple Pie: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18230387

  • creatini

    creatini said 8 years ago

    wow!! those soaps are awesome, so clever.

  • Sinta

    Sinta said 8 years ago

    The soap sellers in etsy are very creative! I love the original ideas they come up with ^_^ I heart those cupcake soaps!

  • BlueFlameDesigns

    BlueFlameDesigns said 8 years ago

    I didn't think soap could be this interesting.....

  • sassalynne

    sassalynne said 8 years ago

    Oh dear, what about spottedcow soaps and those of agoodwitchtoo. This article hardly scratches the surface. There are some others that are really novel, delicious AND GOOD.

  • KreatedbyKarina

    KreatedbyKarina said 8 years ago

    Awesome article! I always tell my customers--once you try handmade soap, you'll NEVER want store-bought soap again!

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead said 8 years ago

    Yay for HelloCrafty and the other soap makers!!

  • pinkshowercurtain

    pinkshowercurtain said 8 years ago

    They all look so delicious, I want to eat them. Especially the cupcakes. Love the Budha soap on a roap!

  • glamasaurus

    glamasaurus said 8 years ago

    I love the cupcake soaps!

  • saralagace

    saralagace said 8 years ago

    Dennis Anderson's soaps are amazing!!!!

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 8 years ago

    I think it must have been a hard job to pick only 10 from all of the fabulous soapers here at etsy... here are a few I wish had made the list! grumpygirl ...love her lollipopguild soap! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18831422 abreathoffrench ...for saving my hands from the winter elements! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5166007 pixiesoap ...for a soap so gentle my Mother in Law can use it! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=102703 I'll probably never buy commercial soap again! Love how it looks, smells, & makes me feel! :^D

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 8 years ago

    <--------- soap you won't find elsewhere

  • SoapScentsations

    SoapScentsations said 8 years ago

    wow! look at all those soapies!! Great stuff everyone! Soap here too <--------

  • MadeByLaura

    MadeByLaura said 8 years ago

    I love all of the soap and soap makers on Etsy I could never pick only 10.

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 8 years ago

    yea, no way to pick ten, maybe 100

  • bunnybuttapothecary

    bunnybuttapothecary said 8 years ago

    Hmmm...should soap smell like talc? Good thing we have so many lovely smelling soap choices on etsy ;)

  • jadewicks

    jadewicks said 8 years ago

    Mmmm, soap and soap and more soap! Love it!

  • HiJinx

    HiJinx said 8 years ago

    Be sure and visit http://www.abreathoffrenchair.etsy.com and http://www.crazytimescandles.etsy.com I've purchased from both of these awesome shops :)

  • LoopyDolls

    LoopyDolls said 8 years ago

    It's just the oddest feeling when a bar of soap makes you feel hungry! I just bought some soap that looks like an ice-cream sunday:)

  • christinececelia

    christinececelia said 8 years ago

    AWESOME! I love hand made soap! these are great ones too!

  • bagladiesinpa

    bagladiesinpa said 8 years ago

    There really isn't anything like using a good handmade soap! One of my most favorite soap sellers, and an Etsy-oldie, is Daisycakessoap. She's rocks!! http://www.daisycakessoapetsy.com

  • bagladiesinpa

    bagladiesinpa said 8 years ago

    gaah! 'She rocks!' (She's NOT rocks.)

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 8 years ago

    daisy does rock! i looove her brandy lip balm!

  • automaton

    automaton said 8 years ago

    dear family, i'm so sorry i bought you such plain looking soap last christmas. it was still handmade and smelled wonderful. i hope you can forgive me.

  • swanmountainsoaps

    swanmountainsoaps said 8 years ago

    How funny that someone could consider soap dull. It's one of the most exciting things I acn think of!!! =D OH .... maybe you meant *commercial* soap is dull. I get it. Well, since that's not really even soap, I can understand not getting excited over that. But *handmade soap* ... that's like heroin!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    I love the budda soap!!!!

  • SudsNSuch

    SudsNSuch said 8 years ago

    Yay soap!

  • mmmmhandmadesoap

    mmmmhandmadesoap said 8 years ago

    Theres just nothing quite like good handmade soaps!!! Love & Bubbles from the UK Joanne & Sara

  • BathArtisanSoaps

    BathArtisanSoaps said 8 years ago

    <--- Exciting soaps made here!

  • showertreatsoap

    showertreatsoap said 8 years ago

    Handmade soap dull? Wha? Let's see, the dullest gift I received last year had to be the Wal-Mart gift card. Beautiful soaps!!!!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 8 years ago

    showertreatsoap, she was saying that your average soap is dull, but handmade soaps are starting a sudsy renaissance!

  • SoapScentsations

    SoapScentsations said 8 years ago

    I don't know any dull soapers! Lively bunch full of punch!

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 8 years ago

    Soaps are one of the best things I like to get, but only handmade soaps :) You arranged a fabulous list of soaps here!

  • krugsecologic

    krugsecologic said 8 years ago

    Check out my handmade vs. commercial soap experiment, too: http://krugsecologic.blogspot.com I'm not a comfortable girl today :)

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 8 years ago

    The soap sellers here on Etsy are SO creative. I Loooooove to see what people can do with soap!! It's amazing!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 8 years ago

    The soaps that I have purchased from Etsy are great... love dennisandersons pear scented!

  • GingerbellsBathShop

    GingerbellsBathShop said 8 years ago

    Handmade soap makes my skin and hair feel happy. I love making it and knowing only good things are being used on my family's skin. There are so many awesome soap makers here on Etsy that there is no reason to use chemical detergent bars from the store.

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 8 years ago

    The octopus is great!

  • pinkparchmentsoaps

    pinkparchmentsoaps said 8 years ago

    Handmade soap rocks! Great article

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 8 years ago

    i love the blackberry sage soap! it's lovely!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 8 years ago

    cupcake soaps!! yummmmmmyyy :)

  • JewlLi

    JewlLi said 8 years ago

    this etsy seller also has great soaps! I will never buy mass produced soap in a store ever again! :) http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5387690

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    I want them all.

  • art2theextreme

    art2theextreme said 8 years ago

    I have bought from three of these sellers! AWESOME!

  • megach

    megach said 8 years ago

    Didn't realize you could do so much with soap! All very clever...

  • greenhavensoaps

    greenhavensoaps said 8 years ago

    I love handmade soap so much that I make it myself! www.greenhavensoaps.etsy.com

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 8 years ago

    I really have a thing for soap lately. These are awesome. FREE SHIPPING in my shop with purchase of any two or more items until December 21st! Expedited available.

  • DancingMooney

    DancingMooney said 8 years ago

    Soap here too! ♥ I love the stuff so much I had to start making it myself... hehee :D

  • MayleesGarden

    MayleesGarden said 8 years ago

    All the soaps here look awesome!

  • andreanne12

    andreanne12 said 8 years ago

    I love soap!!! Nice article.

  • LittleMamasDesigns

    LittleMamasDesigns said 8 years ago

    Double yay for cupcake soaps!!!

  • EarthBabyDesigns

    EarthBabyDesigns said 8 years ago

    I love the world soap and the little frogs. :-) For those of you with extra dry skin (like my son and me) you can't beat soapdeli's soap. http://soapdeli.etsy.com

  • VintageVeg

    VintageVeg said 8 years ago

    Whew! Here I've gone and purchased handmade soaps, lip balms, and candles for teacher gifts worrying all the while that it wasn't cool. Purchased from a few showcased here...all really awesome.

  • Faeorain

    Faeorain said 8 years ago

    Had to buy some more soap tonight. It's my favorite thing here on Etsy : )

  • Ananya

    Ananya said 8 years ago

    Nice gifts for friends. Yummy! : P

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    lovely!

  • blinkingmouse

    blinkingmouse said 8 years ago

    Whoops I never meant to imply that handmade soap is dull! Mass produced soap is such a dull present in general (always square, always suppousedly lavendar scented but smells exactly like talc). Obviously Etsy sellers all have unique selling points, that's what make Etsy such a fantastically diverse place. If you find a soap bar that is square on Etsy it will come in a fantastic colour or scent. If a bar says it's lavendar soap it will actually smell of lavendar and what's more it will be a rich scent that you can smell afetr you've washed your hands. If you find unscented soap it will be in a fantastic shape or have some other unique selling point. You're beating the mass produced market down in so many ways, especially as your soap doesn't dry out whatever it touches! It was amazingly hard to choose just 10 for this pick and I'm going to be sure to check out the sellers mentioned in the comments to educate myself about what's available on Etsy. I'd also like to use the comments to add one more soap you should check out, especially if you have kids, Exploding Frogs - (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=18865550). Hope that's cleared up how I feel about the soap sellers here.

  • pixiepotions

    pixiepotions said 8 years ago

    Yay for soap! :D

  • LilyBaySoap

    LilyBaySoap said 8 years ago

    Exploding frog soap = the coolest thing EVER!

  • sweetestpea

    sweetestpea said 8 years ago

    Handmade soap is the best. I haven't bought soap from a store since I discovered Etsy! I'll have to second the mention for daisy cakes soap. JM is a pleasure to work with. Buying soap on Etsy is like getting presents in the mail for me. :) http://daisycakessoap.etsy.com

  • HelloCrafty

    HelloCrafty said 8 years ago

    holy cow! you like me! you really like me!! I'm honored to be here with so many AMAZING soap sellers!! You can always find great soap here on Etsy, every seller has something different to offer that's just fabulous! Happy Holidays to everyone and a Soapy New Year!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 8 years ago

    Woohoo, I see GudonyaToo up there and she is the best! I only buy my soaps here on Etsy now and she is the first one I go to! You just HAVE TO try her Floap and her Whipped Clean!

  • PixieSoap

    PixieSoap said 8 years ago

    Isewcute - Thank you so much!! I have been addicted to making handmade soap for many years. I am also addicted to buying from my fellow soapers here on Etsy! I love all my soaper pals. We are all very supportive of each other and we know we are making some great stuff for both people and the environment. We put ANY mass produced products to shame!

  • SoapStore

    SoapStore said 8 years ago

    Wow, what a cool little article about my favorite subject: Handmade Soaps. Congrats to everyone mentioned, and thanks to etsy for including my peppermint twist soap.

  • RachelRene

    RachelRene said 8 years ago

    Awesome article! Handmade soap rocks!! And there is a huge selection to choose from here on Etsy!!

  • stinkybomb

    stinkybomb said 8 years ago

    yay soap makers of etsy!

  • TwinDreamCreations

    TwinDreamCreations said 8 years ago

    Yay soaps! I was wondering why our Octopus soap was getting so many views :)

  • PacificParadiseSoap

    PacificParadiseSoap said 8 years ago

    I sell some awesome soaps too!

  • moodygurl

    moodygurl said 8 years ago

    I like bars of soaps too....just not the mass produced kind. That's not even technically soap. I loves me some Etsy soaps, even the rectangular bars!!

  • sunbasilgarden

    sunbasilgarden said 8 years ago

    Etsy has the best handmade soaps under one roof! There is trully something for every taste, style and need. Thrilled to be included here. Happy Holidays and enjoy the bubbles!

  • ElegantHobbies

    ElegantHobbies said 8 years ago

    Love Lilybaysoap... Especially the Pear and Pink Sugar.. Great Shop..

  • jmillenLovesToKnit

    jmillenLovesToKnit said 8 years ago

    How in the world did you miss Daisycakes soap??? that was my first thought.. looks like I'm not the first one to notice. SHe was one of your featured sellers a while back, no?

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 8 years ago

    etsy has the best soapmakers in the world! i am impressed!

  • waisze

    waisze said 8 years ago

    i love soap especially handmade!

  • faeriemadesoaps

    faeriemadesoaps said 8 years ago

    oh nice :) love handmade soaps!

  • suzyqandsallytoo

    suzyqandsallytoo said 8 years ago

    Handmade soaps rock!! I won't use anything else. My skin is baby soft since I made the switch! :)

  • aromaticbodyoils

    aromaticbodyoils said 8 years ago

    Hurrah to handmade soaps!

  • jamieshelman

    jamieshelman said 8 years ago

    the soaps are beautiful!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago

    WOW! Love them all!

  • BirdWatching

    BirdWatching said 8 years ago

    I love all the soaps available on here! How cool!

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 8 years ago

    I tried some of these soaps....they were a smashing hit in my house. "Oh, what kind of donuts did you.......".

  • go2girl

    go2girl said 8 years ago

    Etsy has the best selection anywhere! My favorite is not featured here but it is etsy seller DaisyCakes and I love their lip balm too.

  • SallyRags

    SallyRags said 8 years ago

    Yummy!!

  • hanginmoon

    hanginmoon said 8 years ago

    I afraid that we gonna buy other soap for the soap purpose. Definitely those soap are for collector not for shower

  • kitchenappliances

    kitchenappliances said 8 years ago

    Love posh soap!

  • JaneAndJT

    JaneAndJT said 8 years ago

    I love all the beautiful soap especially the cupcakes and the octopus!!

  • Quiltingdiva

    Quiltingdiva said 8 years ago

    I'm addicted to soaps! I am so impressed with what these artisans accomplish in soap - FABULOUS!!

  • DuckySoaps

    DuckySoaps said 8 years ago

    Etsy has some of the most fabulous handmade and creative soaps I've ever seen with a quality second to none! I'm very honored to have been included and think http://www.abreathoffrenchair.etsy.com is another fabulous soapmaker you should definately check out!

  • MarkItPlace

    MarkItPlace said 8 years ago

    I found this a little late, but was so thrilled to see one of my favorite shops, DuckySoaps, heading up the list. I purchased the "Duck of the Month" for my 4-yr-old granddaughter, and what a smashing hit! She waits for the next ducky every month, and what a treat to see her getting excited to get something from the old fashion mail box... PRICELESS!!

  • dragonflydreams777

    dragonflydreams777 said 8 years ago

    Etsy Soaps are Totally Sud-Rif-fiC ! ! @ !

  • seaspritesoaps

    seaspritesoaps said 8 years ago

    There really are sooo many wonderful soaps on Etsy! Thanks for including my Sampler! :)

  • SweetpeaCottage

    SweetpeaCottage said 8 years ago

    Great Article! Beautiful Soaps!

  • BusyBeeBumbleBeads

    BusyBeeBumbleBeads said 8 years ago

    Absolutely YUMMY!!! I love soaps!

  • StardustLove

    StardustLove said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! I especially love soaps from sellers like Besem Natural Scents where a portion of the proceeds are donated to charity. These soaps that have been picked out are beautiful!

  • mybirch

    mybirch said 8 years ago

    So many wonderful soapers here on Etsy! Great Spotlight!

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 8 years ago

    wow~!! Amazing feature~!!

  • BeckyJoyArtist

    BeckyJoyArtist said 8 years ago

    Wow!! I love soaps. Some originals here.

  • MommyTyme

    MommyTyme said 8 years ago

    There are a ton of great soap Sellers here on Etsy - and as a soap and bath products creator, the competition is tough! I think you did a fantastic job of picking out some really unique items. I agree that soap here on Etsy is definitely one of a kind. What drew me in to making spa type products is the fact that I love them! I love to try new custom items and experience selfish indulgence! Loved the article

  • MyDarlingBaby

    MyDarlingBaby said 7 years ago

    i love them all ! :) i make soap myself :)

  • dresstressballs

    dresstressballs said 6 years ago

    Very nice soaps here at etsy.

  • rockbottomstables

    Amy Henson from RockBottomSoapCo said 2 years ago

    How Beautiful!!

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