Handcrafted Soap has always been a passion of mine - stopping at boutiques wherever I traveled to smell and buy locally-crafted soaps. My family and friends know handmade soap is a perfect gift for me - I love that it's locally made, it supports small businesses, and it's a consumable gift with minimal waste! When I was engaged to be married, I kept thinking of what I could make for my guests as a special touch, and of course it had to be soap!
Thus began my journey to discover the art and science of soap making - learning about how soap is made, how sodium hydroxide interacts with various oils to create various size bubbles, different types of lather and even different levels of cleaning and conditioning! It's been such a fun journey to make my perfect formulations, and I hope you enjoy as well!
When I didn't have (or make) handmade soap, I used to use Dove bars. One of my favorite stories about my soap is about 7 months into my soap making hobby, a friend decided to go back to Irish Springs for his shower. After he finished his first shower with the commercial soap, he complained about his skin being so itchy - was the water bad? I knew I was on to something when simply changing his soap from my skin-friendly soap to his old Irish Springs made such a noticeable difference!
It's an amazing thing that soap can be as simple as water, sodium hydroxide, and oil. Each soap on this website is a labor of love, hand-made in Minnesota! Even the soap dishes are hand-made locally (by my mom!).
Meet Hannah and Hobbes:
This picture perfectly captures their personalities and relationship. Hannah is my original Yorkie. She was with me for 10 years and had been such an experience - stubborn, smart, friendly, quiet, misbehaved, and snuggly. She loved people and tolerated Hobbes.
Hannah Banana was my Chief Fragrance Sniffer and Toy Fetcher. She loved treats, licking the air, and going for long runs - she could run 5 miles! I still miss her each day.
Hobbes' full name is Milton Hobbes and he has been with me for 8 years. He follows me everywhere! He's soft and snuggly and does Ewok impersonations for us :)
Hobbes is the Director of Soap Investigating and he keeps me on track during the day by his constant presence. When he is not underfoot, he spends his days laying in sunbeams or following Hannah around, trying to be friends.
The Rest of the Team:
Chrissy: Owner of Hannah & Hobbes. Also head accountant, chief formulator, main dog-petter, lead purchaser of both soap supplies and dog food, master dish washer, and head of soap production.