Old-Fashioned Lard Soap, Lavender Anise Patchouli Essential Oils - Handmade All-Natural Lard Soap with Pastured Local non-GMO Lard

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This old-time soap recipe has a bit of a modern twist - rather than a pure lard soap, I've added a bit of coconut oil for improved lather and cleansing power.  This scent is one of my favorites, an herbal blend of lavender and patchouli essential oils, with the distinctive aroma of anise essential oil tying everything together.

Choose from either a molded square bar of a Tree of Life, in a windowed kraft brown box, or a plain square bar wrapped in hand-cut brown paper, both labelled with complete ingredients (just lard, coconut oil, lye, water, and essential oils!) And please check out my About Handmade Soap page if you're hesitant when you see the word “lye”.

I use local lard that I render myself from neighbor and fellow small-farmer Cove Creek's pastured, non-GMO-fed pigs. While lard soap often has a reputation for being harsh or rough on skin, that is largely because many years ago, lye was not consistently refined, and people didn't use precision measurements. Today, with 100% pure lye and my digital scale, lard makes a beautiful white soap, very hard and long-lasting, with good cleaning power, while being very gentle and soothing on skin. I have gotten great reviews, both in person and through my Etsy shop, about how wonderful this soap is for skin - gentle, moisturizing, cleansing, and no residue! Customers say:

"Forget buying' Lush' soaps and shampoo bars. These products are better! I always wanted to try lard soap. I loved the shop's story and who wouldn't love the price? I put my money on THIS lard soap and found out that it is THE BEST soap I have ever tried! It has left my skin soft and silky. I bought unscented and it smells so ...clean! Really! The lather is wonderful. Who knew?"

"Ok listen. I have been on a mad search for the best tallow soap for like, months. I wanted tallow because I find veg oil soaps to leave that sticky film I can’t stand. I found one other lard soap that doesn’t leave a film, but I was still missing something. Then I found this. It’s PERFECT. No weird residue. No sticky. Soap has a great feel. And the best part? It LATHERS. It’s SO GREAT. Seriously, it’s been a long time coming and I’m so happy."

If you're interested in using handmade lard soap, but are more familiar with liquid soaps, check out my new liquid soaps: Classic Lard Liquid Soap for Squirt-Pump Dispenser or Classic Lard Liquid Soap for Foaming Dispenser.

Or, if you know that even though real soap is super-moisturizing, you still like to have a little hand balm or body butter for when you need it, consider getting some Grass-fed Tallow Salve or Grass-fed Tallow Balm - they're made with tallow from our own Scottish Highland cattle or Tunis sheep, and are available in over 25 different fragrances, custom fragrance blending, or unscented. 

I know this is an unusually low price compared to most handmade soap, but I want to offer a soap that is economical for everyday use, and since it is 3/4 free local lard rather than exotic imported oils, my input costs are very low (other than the days spent rendering lard of course!). We try to live as “lightly” as possible, and I want to help make that an option for others as well.

Our motto here at SFH is “By Hand”, and we really mean it! I make all my soap from scratch – I never use a purchased base - I milk my goats (and sheep) by hand, render the local lard myself (usually on our woodstove) and all my soap is made in my kitchen in small batches from 6 to 36 bars at a time. I only use great ingredients – no palm oil, soybean oil, canola oil, or any others with controversial cultivation, harvest, labor, or business practices, and nothing really exotic and expensive, so I can keep my costs down for you. I have a few recipes that are the best I could find – and then I tweaked them to meet my standards while maintaining the high-quality product (so my shampoo replaces the recipe's palm oil with local, pastured lard, and the expensive Kukui nut oil with avocado oil). Please check out our "About Handmade Soap" page for more detail on why you should use quality handcrafted soap!

Other soap companies are just that – SOAP companies – but we are a small, family homestead that produces handmade soap as one facet of our diverse, small-scale farm so that we can both raise our 3 home-schooled boys and teach them how to love and care for the world around them through animals, gardens, and the joy, satisfaction, and confidence that comes from knowledge and capability. If you're interested in finding out more about our homestead, stop by our blog and photo galleries here, or take a peek at our Instagram page, or pop over to our Facebook page.  Thanks for checking out our products, and supporting small farms and handcrafter artisans!