Gila's Place | Soapnstuff

Welcome to the other creativity in my life.

Even photographers have other things they enjoy doing, and for me, it's crafting. I have my favorites, which you will see appear on this page as I come up with new ideas, or when I get a special order for an item or two.

Homemade Bar Soap
Bulk Soap orders
Handcrafted 100% cotton wash cloth
Handcrafted 100% cotton soap saver pouch
Handcrafted candles
Super Duper Body Butter

Click here to see or leave reviews on my handcrafted items.

Homemade Bar Soaps

After searching high and low for some homemade lye soap I finally decided to bite the bullet and just make a batch. Little did I know what fun that would become.

Why was I searching for homemade lye soap? A friend of mine was covered in poison ivy and had tried every over-the-counter ivy treatment she could find. My aunts and grandmothers kept a bar of old fashion soap around and it was frequently used to treat ivy rashes of all kinds. Gentle on the skin, but would stop the itch and burn of just about anything.

I do sell a few bars from time to time, when I have stock on hand. While I do enjoy making it, mixing up old fashion soap will make a whopping big mess in the kitchen, materials are not as easy to find or as cheap as everyone suspects, and a batch takes a minimum of six weeks to cure before use.

But I love so much, I will probably never go back to buying store bought soap.

  • It's gentle on skin, even so much that people with super sensitive skin can use it
  • Contains all the natural glycerine extracted from store bought soap which gives more emollients to your skin with each bath or shower
  • Leaves skin feeling clean, smooth, and smelling great
  • Produces a rich lather
  • Unscented bars are a favorite with hunters
  • Scented bars made of vegetable oils are a favorite with the vegans
  • So gentle it's even great for babies
  • Will help clear up cuts and scrapes and even poison ivy, oak, and sumac
  • Unscented bars are fantastic for a base for homemade laundry detergents for people with extra sensitive skin

Right now I do have bars in stock, but only as long as supplies last. If you are interested in a special order of 10 or more bars (of the same scent or unscented), read father down for details.

Unscented bars are made of plain old lard and lye.

Each bar weighs approximately 5 oz. each (give or take a little since they are each hand cut) which is a chunk of soap. The bars are hard and will last several weeks if not allowed to lay in standing water between uses.

While it's easy on your skin, old fashion unscented soap is also a great additive to laundry. It can be used as a stain stick or shaved into a wash load of laundry for added stain fighting power and is known to make whites whiter and towels fluffier than ever. I use the unscented bars to make my homemade laundry detergents.

Each bar of unscented soap is $6.00 each.


I also make scented bars available as well. They are also made with lye but instead of lard I use blends of one or more of the following: olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, palm oil, and grapeseed oil. These are considered "Castile Soaps" the likes of which are found in fine boutiques and gift shops around the world.

They are scented with essential oils and body safe oils of only the finest quality.

Each (full size) bar weighs 6 oz. ounces and like the lard and lye bars, will last weeks if cared for properly. They may dry out to a lighter weight but as soon as they become introduced to moisture, plump back up to size.
Please contact me for available scents.

Each full size bar of scented soap is $7 each/ $4 for half bars

Shipping for bar soaps

Single bar- $2.85 in the US.
2-10 bars- priority shipping is $5.30 in the US.

If you would like to order some of my bar soap, please contact me by email, using the form on my contact page.

If you live locally, I have no problem with you picking up orders at my home. Contact me for directions using the link above.

Don't see what you are looking for? Like to make an order for gift giving or your retail store?

I offer special bulk orders for specific scents or wholesale orders under the following terms.

Bulk orders:

  • Must be paid for in advance
  • Will be shipped to your address 6-7 weeks after order is made and payment is received. (This includes curing time for the soap, packaging, and time to be delivered- If you live locally you can pick your order up and save yourself the shipping)
  • Minimum order is 3 lbs of soap (approximately 10 bars), of a single scent.

Bulk order pricing:

  • Scented bars- 3 lbs- (approximately 10 full size bars) of a single scent- $65. plus shipping
  • Scented bars- 6lbs- approximately 20 full size bars of a single scent- $120.00 plus shipping
  • "Good Old Fashioned" unscented lard and lye bars- 3 lbs- (approximately 10 bars) $45.00 plus shipping- You save 50¢ per bar
  • "Good Old Fashioned" unscented lard and lye bars- 6 lbs- (approximately 20 bars) $80.00 plus shipping- You save $1.00 per bar

    Click here for scents available for special orders.

    (If you live locally you can pick your order up and save yourself the shipping)

*Bars are individually labeled and can be shipped as whole bars or cut into 1/2 bars for your convenience.

Interested in seeing how I create my homemade bar soap? Click here.

To read more about my homemade soaps, or order individual bars already in stock, click here.

For more information, please send me a note using the contact me page on my website.


Read reviews on my homemade bar soaps by clicking here.

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Handcrafted crocheted wash cloths







While looking through soap accessories on day I came across crocheted and knitted wash cloths. They were pretty cool looking and since I crochet, I decided to try them out.

Turns out they're the bomb!

Made from 100% American grown cotton, these dandy cloths are soft,  tight woven, and durable so they will hold up for many years with normal bathing use.

They are absolutely adorable as well and I make them in a variety of colors.

Approximately 7" x 9" these cloths are over sized compared to other handmade cloths found in boutiques and online.

Constructed using single and double crochet stitches to give them a bumpy texture great for scrubbing you clean.

Wash clothes are $6.50 each.


Please contact me for available colors and  shipping costs.

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Soap Saver Pouches

I started noticing a build of of tiny scraps of soap once my bars had worn down.

I thought it would be a shame just to throw them away or use scented Castile bars as laundry additive.

I didn't want to waste a bit of my luxurious soaps and I was sure my customers didn't want to either.

So I came up with the soap saver pouch.

They are made with the same pattern as the handmade washcloths, and the same alternate stitching. But they are made into a pouch.

These pouches are large enough to fit a full size bar of soap, therefore covering you whole palm.

To save my left over soap pieces, I simply drop them into the pouch and pull the drawstring closed.

I use the pouch just as I would a bath sponge getting tons of great lather from the blend of soaps inside.

When finished, I rinse the bag, lightly wring out the excess water, and hang it in the shower to dry between uses.

There is no problem with the soap running out or the pouch souring as the 100% cotton fibers dry quickly in any well ventilated room.

Soap Saver Pouches are $7.50 each (made by order)

Please contact me for available colors and  shipping costs.

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Handcrafted Candles

Each candle is made of paraffin and soy blended wax and comes in a 8 oz. and 16oz. canning jar with lid.
All are double scented with essential or fragrance oils.

8 oz. Candles-$8.00 each (singles not currently available.

16 oz. Candles- $16.00 each (singles not currently available.

Have a favorite scent in mind? Make a special order of 12- 8 oz. or 6- 16 oz candles, and I can pour them especially for you. Please send me a message and let me know the scent you are looking for and I will let you know if I can accommodate your needs. 

Please contact me for available scents and shipping costs.

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Super Duper Body Butter- unscented

This body butter is the bomb!
Made from a blend of Castor oil, Shea butter, Olive oil, Sweet almond oil, Vitamin E oil and soy wax.

  • Fantastic for extremely dry skin
  • Great for aging skin
  • Tattoo artist use it on fresh art work to promote healing
  • Heals dry, cracked elbows
  • Great for calloused hands and feat
  • Soothing for the worst sunburns
  • Gentle enough for babies and children

8 oz. jar $22.00

4 oz. jar $12.00

2 oz. tub $6.00

Special order minimum for 4- 8 oz. jars or 8- 4 oz. jars (sorry, no discount on this item for bulk orders)

Please contact me for availability and shipping costs.

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