Handmade soaps make wonderful stocking stuffers and hostess gifts, and are a fragrant and inexpensive way to show someone that you appreciate them. Blue Balm handmade soaps are a Leaping Bunny certified, vegetarian and cruelty-free soap company that makes all of their soaps by hand, from small batches. This produces a high quality product that shows in appearance, lather and fragrance.
Blue Balm outlines their meticulous soap-making process, starting with small batches of 41 lbs. The ingredients are carefully measured and mixed, and then ladled by hand until the mixture becomes thick and viscous. Then herbs, clays and essential oils are added and the soaps are poured into their molds to rest for 48 hours. After the soap loaves have set, they are pulled from the mold and cut into individual bars and then allowed to cure for another 4 to 6 weeks.
Blue Balm has a large collection of different types and scents of soaps, here are a few of our favorites for the holiday season:
Blue Lake Mint – This refreshing soap has it all: spearmint, peppermint and wintergreen. It is cholk full of beneficial ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, vegetable glycerin, shea butter, coconut oil and essential oils. A great minty addition to the stocking.
Blue Desert Chocolates – This decadent soap is the perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life. Smelling just like a chocolate bar, the lucky recipient will get to bathe themselves with theobroma cacao powder, shea butter, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Just make sure they don’t eat the soap!
Blue Blossom Spice – This soap has a lovely fragrance that is reminiscent of the holiday season. A festive blend of cinnamon, clove and orange offers the perfect “wake-up” aroma for that morning shower. This soap also contains castor oil, which is known for its excellent moisturizing benefits.
Blue Balm is committed to being a healthy, cruelty-free and sustainable soap company. Epitomizing the “Cruelty-Free by Intention” philosophy (link), they not only do not test their products on animals, but they require their suppliers to be cruelty-free as well. None of their soaps contain the harsh chemicals that many commercial soaps do, such as sodium lauryl sulphate and petroleum products. Their oils and butters, such as olive oil and shea butter, are sustainable ingredients, and they use organic ingredients where possible.
To start your experience with Blue Balm soaps, visit their website and have a look around!