Old Fashioned Farm Crafted Lard Soaps

5/28/22 SOAP UPDATE

Thanks to a generous donation of kunekune lard from Lilac Acres Farmstead, I'm able to begin to offer soaps much sooner than hoped. After going through my final jar of rendered lard last year, I realized that I wouldn't have fat to make soap again for at least 18 months.

The soaps on this page are listed in the order in which I'll be making them. After days of cubing and rendering lard, I have mason jars of beautiful white rendered lard ready to start the process, once my lye arrives. There's been major price increases on fragrances, lye and other ingredients I use to make soap, so I've reflected a small price increase. Given that the average bar of handcrafted soap commonly sells for $8-9 each on Etsy, I feel that my soaps are still very reasonably priced given that they are a hard, creamy and long-lasting bar.

Some of the varieties I'll be able to make multiple batches of over time, and others I'm limiting to a single batch due to the fact that I have on-hand, the fragrances and essential oils to make them. These single batch soaps include Emilia, Gemma, Dorothy, Chiara and Abigail. The other varieties I plan to continue batching while I still have the lard available.

Cold process soaping is a long process, as the soap has at least a 30 day cure time and involves various steps along the way such as unmolding, trimming & beveling, polishing, steaming and then labeling. My soaps are a traditional "fits in the palm of your hand" size, not cut from a loaf in a slab shape.

Have questions? Feel free to contact me through the order form.

If you are local and would like to pick up at the farm in person, just send me a PM with the items you'd like. You can pay in person in cash if you prefer. If you are a member of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, I can also bring your order and meet you before or after the Mass I'm attending.

 

Old fashioned, cold process lard soap, from my "soaping with Saints" series, borne of my love of history, theology, inspiring women, and faith. My aesthetic for this year's range of soaps is simple, elegant, fragrant. Lard soaps yield a gentle cleansing action, soft and creamy lather and a bar that is hard and long-lasting. All soaps are hand poured, trimmed, beveled and polished during the curing process. All bars have natural variation in finish and color due to the nature of being handcrafted, and there can be variation from batch to batch.

My soaps are farm-crafted from lard we render on-site, from our own free ranging rare breed Kunekune pigs. Old fashioned lard soap is made through a cold process, using lye, which creates a chemical reaction between the fat, yielding... soap. Contrary to popular belief, lye soap isn't harsh. Soap that is properly cured will not be drying or irritating to the skin. Lard is a fat most similar to the sebum produced by our own skin, making it gentle and suitable for sensitive or dry skin.