Zero-Waste Grandma's Brown Soap


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  • This zero-waste soap is made with leftover, handmade soap shreds and scented with Tea Tree and Sweet Orange Essential Oils. Mild and deodorizing, it's the perfect clean up for when you're cooking fragrant seafood or garlic in the kitchen, or as a slightly exfoliating bar in the shower.

    Years ago, our great grandmothers made their own soap, (along with most everything else) and it usually came out brown. It was a necessary chore to make soap, and it was rough, slightly caustic, and essential.

    They used the soap for everything from washing clothes to cleaning little faces. In those days, very little went to waste.

    I really dislike wasting perfectly fine soap, and this lets me recycle all my leftover soap shreds. My own zero waste version of Grandma's Brown Soap!

    So this is how it works: All of my olive oil soaps are planed.
    Planed means I run the edges over a small wire that takes off the sharp edges. This makes it feel nicer in your hands while you're using it.  But what to do with all those soap shreds? I can't bring myself to throw them away, so I decided to up-cycle them into something new!

    All the leftover soap shreds are added to fresh oils, and this batter is poured into a mold and left over night in a warm oven. This 'warm-processing' method produces very mild, lather rich soap.

    These soaps have some scrub to them, and may smell slightly different from batch to batch, depending on what soap shreds I have.
    But just like grandma's soap, it'll get the job done. The big difference is, your skin's gonna love this extremely mild version!
  • Added fresh: Olive Oil, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide, *Coconut Oil, *Sunflower Oil, Kokum Butter, Rhassoul Clay, Tea Tree Oil, Oatmeal, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Patchouli Essential Oil

    Soap Shreds May contain: Cocoa Butter, *Shea Butter, *Pumpkin Puree, *Coconut Milk, *Oat Milk, Brewed Coffee, *Nettle Leaf, Sea Clay, Kaolin Clay, Moroccan Clay, Ground Loofah, Crushed Walnut Hull, Calendula Petals, Crushed Vanilla Bean, Crushed Clove, *Pear Puree, Cosmetic Mica, Fragrance Oil
  • This is a hand cut soap, approx. 4.5 oz. Please allow for slight variations in weight. Always keep your soap out of of standing water. We carry the hand-crafted wood soap dishes you see in the photos, here.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Deb Chugg
Fresh and Natural!

So fresh and smells like nature on a high! Thank you!

Michelle T
Daily pampering

The soaps are luxurious and healthy! They smell amazing and I know I’m doing something good for my body! I love knowing she uses clean ingredients! Customer service is amazing!

Judy T

Valerie's soaps are the best quality and its the only soap I use since I discovered it.

MaryAnn Chirichella
Great Product

I love this soap. This is the second time I’ve ordered it. It is gentle on my hands. They are no longer dry from frequent hand washing.

Cindy F.
Great Kitchen Hand Soap

Valerie has found the best use for the soap odds and ends from making all her delightful scented soap bars - a wonderfully scented, slightly exfoliating brown bar of soap for hand washing in the kitchen. Bonus is you have no waste either..no bottle to throw out. It's all I use in the kitchen, now. Another bonus - no dry hands from repeatedly washing- because olive oil is one of the ingredients.