We are a small family business located in central Utah, USA working together to make our dreams come true! We love creating fun and luxurious handcrafted soaps and bath products for our customers. If you have a request, just drop us an email and let us know. We’d be happy to custom-create a product just for you!
Hello! We are Mark and Mandy, the owners of Wild Acorn Artisan Soaps. Mandy is the product creator, who loves coming up with new designs, while Mark is an accountant by profession who keeps the business running smoothly. We also love to include our daughters in the business. They love to help produce, trim, package and market our products, and we love being able to provide a way for them to earn a bit of money for themselves.
We live in rural central Utah, and we love it! There isn’t a better place to raise a family than in small town, USA.
Why Choose Handmade Soaps?
Handmade soaps are true “soaps.” Most commercial soap bars you can buy off store shelves are detergents, or cleansers. Handmade soaps contain naturally occurring glycerin, a humectant that draws moisture to your skin. Many commercial soaps do not. Glycerin is a biproduct of the chemical reaction of saponification, which is defined by Merriam-Webster as the hydrolysis of a fat by an alkali with the formation of a soap and glycerol. Lye, a caustic soda (alkali) used in cleaning drains, is mixed with oils to form this soap and gycerol (glycerin). For this reason, lye is used as a drain cleaner. The trapped oils in your drains and pipes combine with the lye and form soap, therefore becoming able to be washed away in water. Commercial soap companies typically remove the glycerin that is produced in the soap-making process. Then, they sell it to other manufacturing companies who may add it to lotions or body creams. Handmade soap naturally contains glycerin, giving a little extra love to your skin, while also producing a better lather than commercial bars.
Many people think that beacause lye, or sodium hydroxide, is listed in the ingredients, the soap is unsafe. This couldn’t be further from the truth! The lye is chemically changed during saponification, actually becoming very useful to us. As a matter of fact, you cannot make soap without it. It is true that lye alone is very dangerous, but we are very aware of those dangers and how to handle lye safely, so don’t worry!
Here are just a few benefits of using handmade soaps vs. commercial soaps:
- Glycerin, a natural emollient, is great for your skin! It is very moisturizing.
- Handmade soaps are free of synthetic foaming agents and detergents that can easily irritate your skin.
- If you are allergic to certain oils or ingredients, you can request custom-made soaps with ingredients you love!
- You are usually supporting a family business, who really cares about making a great quality bar of soap for you!
- We soap makers are passionate about what we make, and we want you to love what we make! By supporting us, you allow us to continue to live our dreams!