About Alchemy and Clay
Back in 2001, I started making soap for myself because my skin is sensitive to commercial products and some chemicals.
My First Soaps were made from simple ingredients, like Colloidal Oatmeal, Cocoa Butter, Organic Beeswax, Shea Butter, Clay, etc. My skin responded beautifully. I soon began to realize I didn't really have allergies, I just needed cleaner, less chemically-laden self-care products to knock out blemishes or redness. Harsh, drying, expensive, products with exhaustive ingredient lists weren't necessarily what I needed...but exactly what I DID NOT! My body doesn't appreciate parabens, alcohols, pthalates, sulfates, petroleum, desensitizers, etc. The potentially harmful Chemical list in commercial beauty products frightfully can go on and on.
Friends and Family caught on to my vision and supported my journey. Soon I began to supply them with my first ever soaps, which became the foundation of my company; The Oatmeal, Coconut Milk & Honey Soap.
Soon enough, my handcrafted soap was in demand and Alchemy and Clay (previously known as Southwest Soapworks) became a full-fledged business, creating products made with Earth Friendly, Sustainable, Good-For-You, Natural Ingredients.
I make everything in small batches to ensure quality, integrity and care in every product I make.
All of Our Handcrafted Soaps are cured for a minimum of 6 weeks to ensure the most gentle, long-lasting, bar. Artisan Soap IS NOT CHEAP! We make ours to last, and we also make keeping it out of standing water easier by offering our Handcrafted, Re-Purposed Pine Wood Soap Decks.
*Take note that we also use post consumer packaging as best that we can. We reuse all of our packing materials, ie packing "peanuts," wrapping and shipping tissue paper. You will notice this in your package. Our boxes and jars are 100% recycled AND recyclable.
*Please understand that some of our products like our Lotion, Body Buttercreams, Clay or Herbal Cleansers, etc, are made to order, and may take up to a week to make and process any order that contains these products. You can rest assured that your order will arrive fresh, and your soap will arrive fully cured and ready to enjoy.