About

“Wow if you love the comforting and nostalgic smell of Creosote then look no further! These bars of soap are an absolute must. I’m a bit of a soap snob and only use boutique handmade in small batch types and I can tell you first hand these ones more than fit the bill!

I was also so excited to find this creosote candle and had high hopes for it and it definitely did NOT disappoint. Filled the room with a great nostalgic aroma and burned beautifully. Will definitely be purchasing again!”

Bobby C

California

My name is Carolyn Camp and I personally make all my organic soaps, body products and ceramics.

I know you have many choices, even locally,  and that if you are buying natural soap, you are likely doing so because you want the best for your body, and I want you to know that you can trust me and my products to deliver a truly natural product made with high quality food grade and mostly all organic oils. So many handmade soap  companies advertise their products as being “natural”. It turns out, as crazy as it sounds,  there is no legal definition of “natural” on an ingredient label for soap.
Many companies use man-made fragrances  (calling them natural fragrances). While those scents may be safe, they do not come from a given plant or true source but rather from chemicals combined in a lab somewhere. This may be fine for some people, but for those who want to know the sources of the ingredients they put on their skin, it isn’t. What “natural” implies is that the ingredient is found out in nature, so it is a feel-good terminology but when we look further, we find it isn’t what we expected.
Many “natural and handcrafted” soap companies use inferior base oils to keep costs down, but I never compromise on quality oils. I use organic where I can. Organic food-grade olive oil is the main ingredient in my soaps. I add some food-grade coconut and sustainably sourced food-grade palm oil, but not more than 20% because those oils can be drying to the skin in large amounts.  I also add a bit of Avocado and Apricot kernel food-grade oils. My products have no man-made fragrance whatsoever.  

Not all handmade soap is actually natural soap. Some contain synthetic fragrances, colors and even detergents.

Many soap makers craft lovely handmade soaps with beautiful synthetic colors and fragrances–it can be a true art form. That’s okay if that is what you are looking for. But if you want a truly natural soap for you and your family, be sure to read the ingredients.

I work mostly in my kitchen and my ceramic studio. I love to get out into the desert and learn about the native plants. In addition to making ceramic soap dishes, I also make ceramic tiles integrating plants, by making impressions in the clay, making what I call “fossil tiles”.
 
I spent a lot of time in the desert, growing up in Phoenix, near what was the edge of Phoenix back then, and when we got the summer monsoons, I remember the way the air smelled. I also remember the joy we felt when the rain came! I didn’t know what that smell was from until my mother gave me a jar with dried creosote in it. As soon as I smelled it, I knew.
 
When I began making soap , I wanted to make one that smelled like the creosote bush, but I couldn’t find an essential oil of that plant anywhere, so I did some research to figure out how to get that smell into my soap. It was a fun journey and has given me the knowledge and desire to make other products using wild crafted plant ingredients. I am fascinated by the scent and memory link, and I think that the smell of creosote brings joy to those of us who dwell here in the Sonoran desert because of that link to the powerful memory of rain in the desert. I enjoy the gathering (and smelling! ) of plants and resins, and hope to find more ways to use them in the future.
 
All my soaps are made from scratch, the old fashioned way, in small 60 bar batches and are made from mostly organic ingredients. The palm oil I use comes from Columbia and it’s certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and the Rainforest Alliance .This is important because so much of the palm oil comes from areas of orangutan habitat and the harvesting in those regions has contributed to a loss of their habitat.
 
My soaps are super-moisturizing, vegan, cruelty free, minimally packaged ,and are free of the harmful ingredients that are found in commercial skin care products. I never use synthetic fragrances in my soaps, only pure essential oils or infuse wild harvested plants into the oils.
 
I began making soap in the early 1990’s, when my children were young. They had sensitive skin and I wanted to make soap they could use. I gave some to friends and got such good feedback so I expanded added more products. I started with a friend, and a few times a year, we would have soap parties and invite friends and neighbors to come have some wine and cheese, and buy soap! One of those neighbors was Jane Reddin, and when she opened Practical Art in Phoenix, she asked me to supply soap for her store. That’s when I technically went into business.
 
I aim to run my business in an eco-friendly and socially responsible manner. This includes my dedication to phasing out plastic packaging, which I am proud to announce I have done!
I use recyclable and/or reusable shipping and packaging materials. My padded mailing envelopes are reusable and recyclable. When possible, I will re-use boxes and packaging materials from items I have received by mail, so you may end up with some random re-used boxes with original names covered. I hope that you realize this small inconsistency, while it may not be as pleasing to the eye-is helping us all in ways far more important than looks! The paper I print the soap labels on is made of 50% recycled paper and the paper I print the lip balm labels on is 100% recycled and I hope that you will recycle them as well.
I know you have many choices, even locally, when it comes to handmade soaps. Most of these companies advertise their products as being “natural”. It turns out, as crazy as it sounds,  there is no legal definition of “natural” on an ingredient label for soap.
Many companies use man-made fragrances  (calling them natural fragrances) which, while they may be safe, do not come from a given plant or true source but rather from chemicals combined in a lab somewhere. This may be fine for some people, but for those who want to know the sources of the ingredients they put on their skin, it isn’t. What “natural” implies is that the ingredient is found out in nature, so it is a feel-good terminology but when we look further, we find it isn’t what we expected.
Many “natural and handcrafted” soap companies use inferior base oils to keep costs down, but I never compromise on quality oils. I use organic where I can. Organic olive oil is the main ingredient in my soaps. I add some coconut and sustainably sourced palm oil, but not more than 20% because those oils can be drying to the skin in large amounts.   My products have no man-made fragrance whatsoever.  I know you have many choices, and that if you are buying natural soap, you are likely doing so because you want the best for your body, and I want you to know that you can trust me and my products to deliver a truly natural and organic product.

Not all handmade soap is natural soap. Some contain synthetic fragrances, colors and even detergents.

Many soapmakers hand make soaps with beautiful synthetic colors and fragrances–it can be a true art form. That’s okay if that is what you are looking for. But if you want a natural soap for you and your family be sure to read the ingredients.

I work mostly in my kitchen and my ceramic studio. I love to get out into the desert and learn about the native plants. In addition to making ceramic soap dishes, I also make ceramic tiles integrating plants, by making impressions in the clay, making what I call “fossil tiles”.
 
I spent a lot of time in the desert, growing up in Phoenix, near what was the edge of Phoenix back then, and when we got the summer monsoons, I remember the way the air smelled. I also remember the joy we felt when the rain came! I didn’t know what that smell was from until my mother gave me a jar with dried creosote in it. As soon as I smelled it, I knew.
 
When I began making soap , I wanted to make one that smelled like the creosote bush, but I couldn’t find an essential oil of that plant anywhere, so I did some research to figure out how to get that smell into my soap. It was a fun journey and has given me the knowledge and desire to make other products using wild crafted plant ingredients. I am fascinated by the scent and memory link, and I think that the smell of creosote brings joy to those of us who dwell here in the Sonoran desert because of that link to the powerful memory of rain in the desert. I enjoy the gathering (and smelling! ) of plants and resins, and hope to find more ways to use them in the future.
 
All my soaps are made from scratch, the old fashioned way, in small 60 bar batches and are made from mostly organic ingredients. The palm oil I use comes from Columbia and it’s certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and the Rainforest Alliance .This is important because so much of the palm oil comes from areas of orangutan habitat and the harvesting in those regions has contributed to a loss of their habitat.
 
My soaps are super-moisturizing, vegan, cruelty free, minimally packaged ,and are free of the harmful ingredients that are found in commercial skin care products. I never use synthetic fragrances in my soaps, only pure essential oils or infuse wild harvested plants into the oils.
 
I began making soap in the early 1990’s, when my children were young. They had sensitive skin and I wanted to make soap they could use. I gave some to friends and got such good feedback so I expanded added more products. I started with a friend, and a few times a year, we would have soap parties and invite friends and neighbors to come have some wine and cheese, and buy soap! One of those neighbors was Jane Reddin, and when she opened Practical Art in Phoenix, she asked me to supply soap for her store. That’s when I technically went into business.
 
I aim to run my business in an eco-friendly and socially responsible manner. This includes my dedication to phasing out plastic packaging, which I am proud to announce I have done!
I use recyclable and/or reusable shipping and packaging materials. My padded mailing envelopes are reusable and recyclable. When possible, I will re-use boxes and packaging materials from items I have received by mail, so you may end up with some random re-used boxes with original names covered. I hope that you realize this small inconsistency, while it may not be as pleasing to the eye-is helping us all in ways far more important than looks! The paper I print the labels on is made of 50% recycled paper and I hope that you will recycle them as well.