Emancipation Acres uses local ingredients and high quality butters and oils to produce delightful soaps. We use essential oils for scent. Our soaps are colored with natural plant material, herbal additives, and clays.

You can find our soap on our webstore

We are participating in the Stoughton Community Farmers Market till the end of September. It is on Forrest Street in downtown Stoughton every Saturday from 8am-noon.


$6.00 for a bar of soap? Isn’t that a bit much? I can get a name brand soap for $1 at Wal-Mart!

It is true, you can get cheaper soap at Wal-Mart. If you are looking for cheap  body care products I encourage you to shop in a local department store. If, however, you are looking for high quality handcrafted soaps made with love and local ingredients, I think you should consider Emancipation Acres soaps.

Our soaps are made with mostly organic oils (I have not found a bulk supplier of organic castor or avocado oil, if you know of one let me know), pasture raised lard and tallow , and essential oils and natural colorants. Our soaps are not made with unnecessary chemicals.

But you use lye? Isn’t lye a chemical? My name brand soap doesn’t have lye in it!

Correct, I do use lye. In fact, soap can’t be made without lye. Soap is the result of oils and fats reacting with lye. Without lye, you can not make soap! Some name brand soaps write “saponified oils of olive, coconut ect.” Saponification is the name for the reaction between lye and oils/fats that makes soap. You may also see the INSC names such as “sodium tallowate” which just means saponified tallow, or tallow and lye.

We maintain the same high standards for this ingredient as we do all of our other inputs. The lye we use is labeled as “food-grade”. Apparently it can be used to make pretzels. Go figure. Despite this, we do not encourage eating the soap.

Some name brand “soaps” are actually not soaps at all. They are actually detergent bars that contain Sodium Lauryl (Laureth) Sulfate (SLS) which creates the foaming/lathering action we expect from soap. There is a large controversy on the safety and long term effects of using these products on a daily basis. Emancipation Acres strives to create a natural product that does not contain synthetic chemicals. We encourage you to seek out information on SLS and decide for yourself if it is something you feel comfortable using.

Why do you use only essential oils? I’ve smelled so many lovely fragrance oils!

This is another question of personal preference and opinion. Fragrance oils are often proprietary (to protect trade secrets no one is allowed to know whats in them) and are always either completely synthetic or partially synthetic. Emancipation Acres makes natural soaps with only pure, high quality essential oils. Essential oils are more expensive than fragrance oils, but we feel it is worth it. More and more people we meet have developed skin issues or allergies to synthetic ingredients. We feel that the ability to know and take ownership for the ingredients going in and on your body is very important. Although essential oil allergies do exist, the essential oils used in our soaps are on the label so you can avoid specific oils if you know you have an allergy.

Do you use palm oil?

I don’t use palm oil. Palm oil is in the public cross-hairs right now because of deforestation of the rainforests caused by the palm plantations and especially the resulting removal of orangutang habitat. There are some companies online selling “sustainable” palm oil. This palm oil may be perfectly fine, but since I can’t go over and check out the growing practices of the suppliers myself, I think it is just easier to not include it in my formulas. This is another question of personal preference, I encourage you to research and form your own opinions. Since tallow and lard have almost identical properties in soap as palm, I much prefer to utilize these local, sustainable resources.

Your soap is made with lard and tallow? Why?

Our sheep and pigs produce fats valuable in the soap making process. Lard and tallow add hardness and creamy lather to a finished bar of soap. Because our animals are raised and slaughtered in Wisconsin, our tallow and lard are local products. Many other soap ingredients (coconut, palm, shea, ect.) are from miles and miles away. We do use other oils and butters in our soaps, but feel that using a significant percentage of lard and tallow keeps them as local as possible. Their inclusion is a positive effort to reduce fossil fuels involved in the manufacture and transport of other oils.

If lard is so great why don’t you use 100% lard for your soaps?

I’ve tried 100% lard bars and personally do not care for them. Making soap is a lot like making a cake. A 100% butter cake would be pretty gross, but a cake with flour, sugar, butter, eggs, ect is delicious. I choose all my oils, butters and fats according to the properties I want to see in my finished soaps. Almost all my soaps contain lard or tallow, coconut oil, and olive oil.

I do know of some people making beautiful 100% lard soaps. I bet they are awesome! They are just not what I personally wish to create.

What other oils do you use in your soap?

Not every oil is used in every soap but I often use the following: lard, tallow, organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic shea, organic cocoa butter, mango butter, avocado oil, apricot kernal oil, sweet almond oil (rarely use because of allergies to nuts), and sunflower oil.

Will you make a special soap just for me?

I might! It depends on the request. If you require a special mold or essential oil, there may be an additional charge. Let me know what you are looking for and we can discuss price. Please be aware that soap takes six weeks to cure so any special orders will need at least seven weeks of lead time.

Will you teach me to make soap?

I might! Let me know how many people are in your group, and when and where you are looking to have a lesson and I will get back to you on a quoted price.


One response to “Soap

  1. Are your soaps gluten free? I see wheatgrass as an ingredient. Thanks!

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