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In 2014 I learned how to make natural soap using simple, natural ingredients and time-honored methods: coconut oil, olive oil, and tallow. I stirred in a dash of citrus vanilla fragrance and dried rosemary from my own garden.
24 hours after stirring the simple ingredients together and pouring it into a mold, I cut it up into 12 lovely bars. It "cured" on my dining room buffet for 30 days after which my family and I began using it at our sinks and in the shower.
Our skin felt better! We had been using pump hand washes and shower gels - each with a list of 50 ingredients we could not pronounce. Quite a difference from the handful of natural ingredients I used for my soaps.
I decided to make a few batches as a handmade contribution to a family wedding shower. Friends asked to purchase extra bars. Another friend encouraged me to set up a table at a local Art Fair. Within a few weeks from my first batch of soap South Street Soapworks was born!
Staying true to my beginnings with the use of simple and natural ingredients, I've expanded over the years with Lip Balms, Deodorant, Room & Body Spray, Shave Soaps, Shampoo Bars, Bath Bombs, Lotions and Pet Shampoo. Many of these products and ideas have come from requests from my wonderful clients.
I hope you enjoy your South Street Soapworks purchases and always feel free to contact me with suggestions, comments and questions!
in the news
Local Woman's Soap Business Takes Off
POSTED 3:58PM, DEC 4, 2017 BY: Julie Parise
OCONOMOWOC -- Starting your own business can be hard, but for one Oconomowoc woman, it's a sweet smelling venture. "I learned to make soap from a friend who is a second generation soap maker," said Kim Perik. "I never expected to start my own business." The former marketing professional started making it as a hobby, but she soon saw a demand.
Soap “scent-sation:” This woman may have the best smelling house in Oconomowoc
POSTED 10:12 AM, AUGUST 23, 2016, BY TRISHA BEE
OCONOMOWOC -- She may have the best smelling house in Oconomowoc -- or all of Wisconsin. Sometimes it may smell like it just rained, other days like autumn woods. Real Milwaukee's Susan Barthel takes you inside South Street Soapworks in Oconomowoc.