Natural Handmade Soap

The Marula Tree Soap Co. makes natural handmade soap from glycerin bases with additives such as Goat's Milk, Shea Butter, Honey and Marula Oil. Marula Oil is a unique oil pressed from the kernels of the Marula Trees in southern Africa. To learn more about the benefits of Marula Oil click here. All my products are vegan friendly except those with Goat's Milk and Honey. Thanks!

You can purchase my soaps from my etsy store here!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Marula Oil and Nut Allergies

I contacted my supplier of Marula Oil as I wanted to clarify if the oil was safe to use for people with nut allergies. This was the response:

"The Marula Tree is indigenous to Swaziland, not North America but a nut allergy is a nut allergy- you just never know. Bottom line, the product is produced using tree nuts.

I am glad you are satisfied with the product. The Body Shop has been using Marula Oil in some of its cosmetics and Evian is using it in one of its moisturizing cleansers. ELLE magazine UK just voted Marula Oil one of the best 70 products of 2010 that will change your life."

So if you have a nut allergy, let me know! Any of my soaps can be made without Marula Oil and without Shea Butter (also from a tree nut) and I would be more than happy to do so.

February Catalog is finished!

You can find out more about the ingredients here, and about Marula Oil here.
If you have any questions at all or would like to order please feel free to email me at

Thursday, January 27, 2011


This has been a really great week for The Marula Tree Soap Co. I am just blown away by the amount of support I've recieved and the truly kind-hearted people I've met so far. This is some feedback I recieved from a wonderul customer whom I was lucky enough to do business with:
"I bought several bars and used the pear flower soap this morning, it was WONDERFUL!  The scent was beautiful but not overwhelming and I can still faintly smell it on my skin now.  My bar had Marula oil in it and I found my skin to be very soft after my shower.  I still needed to moisturize (I always do) but the soap definitely softened my skin.  I also have a touch of eczema on my finger under my ring that is soothed and less itchy than it was."  
This just made my day this morning and I was so happy to hear it. It's all been really great and I'm so excited for all the new things I have planned. I definitely want to bring out a few more soaps in time for Valentine's Day! I've also got my logo drawn up in a rough sketch finished so I'm really happy about that!



I like that it's not perfect, and I like that I did it all myself.
Okay stay tuned for new soaps coming out this weekend and a new catalog layout to show them off! :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Etsy Purchase

Last week I recieved the cutest little bracelet that I ordered off of etsy.

FUSION (SILVER) White, braided, friendship bracelet

Thanks bymargaret!

Sunday, January 23, 2011


I decided to write another post tonight (since soap has been on the brain all day!) explaining the ingredients in my all natural soap. Personally, when I look at a list of ingredients on store bought soap I don't know what half of them are, and some of them sound pretty scary! 

Coconut Oil: Extracted from the kernel of a coconut. The coconut kernel is shredded and mixed with water and then pressed to release the oil.

Palm Oil: Extracted from the pulp on the fruit of the oil palm.

Safflower Oil: Extracted out of the seeds of a safflower plant.

Glycerin (vegetable): Vegetable Glycerin is an organic compound derived from plant oils. It is made from the oils and fats of a plant based ingredient (generally coconut or palm oil) *Glycerin draws moisture to itself which is why it leaves our skin feeling so great.

Purified Water: Water that's physically processed to remove impurities.

Sodium Hydroxide (Lye): A metallic base crucial to making soap. Lye is a chemical but if the chemistry is done correctly when making the soap then there will be no traces of it left after saponification. *Saponification is a chemical process that produces soap from fatty acid derivatives. No Lye, no soap.

Sorbitol (Moisturizer): A sugar alcohol found in apples, pears, peaches and prunes. It is commonly used as a sweetening agent, like a sugar subsitute.

Sorbitan Oleate: (Emulsifier): The monoester of oleic acid (a source of omegas) and hexitol anhydrides derived from Sorbitol. It is primarily used as an emulsifier.

Soy Bean Protein: Protein extracted from soy beans.

Goat's Milk: ...From a goat!

Shea Butter: Refined, naturally crushed fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea Tree.

Titanium Dioxide (Mineral Whitener): Naturally occuring oxide of Titanium.

These are all of the ingredients present in the four soap bases I primarily use. Aside from the Goat's Milk soap, they are all vegan. I then use different fragrance oils, colourants and additives such as Marula Oil and exfoliants to create a finished bar.

Natural Clear Glycerin Soap:
Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitol, Sorbitan Oleate, Soy Bean Protein.

Natural Opaque Glycerin Soap:
Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitol, Sorbitan Oleate, Soy Bean Protein.

Natural Goat's Milk Soap:
Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Goat's Milk, Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitol, Sorbitan Oleate, Soy Bean Protein, Titanium Dioxide.

Natural Shea Butter Soap:
Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Shea Butter, Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitol, Sorbitan Oleate, Soy Bean Protein, Titanium Dioxide.

I know this is a lot of information but I just have one more thing. I encourage you all to look at your soap (especially liquid hand soap) that you have at home, even the ones from specialty stores. In the ingredients look for "SLS" or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (or it's closely related friend "SLES" or Sodium Laureth Sulfate). Both are chemicals put into products such as soaps, shampoos, detergents and toothpastes to increase the lather or bubbles. To learn more about the dangers of SLS or SLES check out this link.

Online Catalog

I have had a very busy day! I jumped out of bed like it was Christmas morning and spent nearly 10 hours in the kitchen. I had a very productive day and am so pleased with how the first page of my online catalog turned out!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

And some more!

I'm pretty lucky to live as close to the border as I do. This morning I drove down to Bellingham to visit Otion (a soap store that sells the complete Brambleberry line) and it was a very successful trip! That means lots more soaping for me this weekend!

Pear Flower - a heavenly scent! Bottom layer is Goat's Milk.

This is a fragrance free and colourant free bar. Pure Goat's Milk with Marula Oil. Great for people with sensitive skin. I use this bar on my face.

Hawaiian Splash! A fun tropical scent.

Hope everyone's having a good weekend!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sneak peak!

Gift Wrapped hearts for Valentine's Day! This one is Cranberry Plum.

Spicy Orange Chili Pepper (smells like The Body Shop's Satsuma) in clear glycerin with Marula Oil. I have to say I used this bar this morning and my skin smells and feels delightful!

Green Apple Goat's Milk Soap with Marula Oil and exfoliating green jojoba beads on the bottom.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Marula Oil

Marula trees are native to Southern Africa. They can produce up to 500 kilograms of fruit per year, which drop to the ground and ripen during the months of January and February. Inside the Marula fruit is a nut where oil is cold-pressed out of the kernels inside. This harvesting of oil provides sustainable jobs for rural African women and does no harm to the actual tree as the fruits naturally fall to the ground (or get eaten by elephants!).

Benefits of Marula Oil:
-         Natural Stability (shelf live of at least 2 years with no additives)
-         Quickly absorbed by the skin to moisturize
-         Anti-aging properties
-         Light, non-greasy and virtually odourless
-         High levels of antioxidants
-         Reduces skin redness
-         Promotes healing from burns and reduces scarring

In the past, rural African women have used Marula oil to bathe instead of water. They’ve also applied it during pregnancy to avoid stretch marks.

Basically in a nut shell (pun intended!) Marula Oil moisturizes, heals, prevents scarring and penetrates and preserves the skin.

**ALLERGY NOTE** Marula Oil originates from a tree nut, so keep this in mind when shopping for yourself or others.

Stay tuned for my new soaps containing Marula Oil!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Soapy Snow Day!

I was very happy to wake up to a few inches of snow this morning. Since I am just volunteering this week I decided to stay in bed and have myself a snow day. I made soap ALL day! I'm pretty proud of how everything turned out, hopefully you like them too! :)

Almond Milk - This was by far my favourite bar of the day. Probably  because it was the easiest to make! Pure goat's milk soap with an apricot shell top for a gentle exfoliating experience. PS - it smells fantastic!

Black Raspberry Vanilla Valentine's Day Set - I made 2 sets of these today for a co-worker. Each set has 2 crinkly hearts and 1 big one.

Blueberry Shark Soap! It speaks for itself!

Mojito Soap - A refreshing scent of Peppermint and Lime infused with green jojoba beads.

And this is Jackson. He always has to be around and in my way when I'm trying to take pictures.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Shops up!

I registered for my etsy shop the other night which can be found here. I guess I can't really call it a shop yet since I don't have any items listed or anything. It's a slow and steady process while I learn the ropes of making and selling my soaps. Each one is a total experiment right now - some good, some bad and some very, very bad. My boyfriend's bathtub is overrun with ugly bars of soap right now. For some reason I just can't make a simple bar of soap. I have to go and try to make complicated ones like donuts, mini apple pies and plaid Valentine's Day hearts!

I made my first sale today! 3 bars of soap to my lovely co-worker.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

And so it begins..

About 2 weeks ago, an idea was formed that I would start making soap. Back in the summer a friend of mine told me about etsy and I happened to look at it just before Christmas. On the front page they have a little "featured seller" article where they interiew random sellers and talk about their product, their lives and how the two intertwine. The featured seller that day happened to be a soaper named sunbasilgarden. Her soaps and her story really inspired me to try it myself, so if this soap thing ends up working out for me one day, I'll have to thank her. I'm now a few hundred in the hole and I've made my soap studio in my boyfriend's kitchen (or my "meth lab" as he calls it) but I'm slowly accumulating a respectable amount of supplies.

For me the hardest part of all this was picking a name. I know the one I've chosen is very long, but it feels like a good name. For those who don't know, the Marula Tree is native to Africa and a fruit grows on it called a Marula fruit. This said fruit is eaten by tons of different animals (from monkeys to elephants!) and is also responsible for the liquer called "Amarula" found at your local liquor store. I like that it incorporates nature and my love for Africa all in one go. So yes it's long, but I'm sticking to it!