Hi, I'm Laura, owner, maker, designer, and marketing representative extraordinaire at Madison Soap Company. Public school teacher by day, soap maker at night. I work hard to bring you a product that looks like it belongs on the shelves of any big box store, but Madison Soap Company is currently a one-woman show run out of a local home studio in Madison, WI. My children help me fold boxes and fill them with soap. My partner helps a lot with my website. I hand-make, hand-cut and hand-pour with love every bar of soap and every lip tint that ends up in your hands. I have the deepest gratitude to my customers who believe in this project and give hope to my mission.
Our mission is to bring good into the world by creating products that help people feel good about themselves and their bodies with high quality ingredients from small and independent raw manufacturers that have ethical and sustainable business practices and bring their own goodness to the planet.
The first ingredient in our soap is organic 85% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Palm Oil. Palm and palm kernel oil are the first ingredient in many handmade soaps, but there is a lot of controversy around the ingredient because in order to produce it, many small farmers are using slash and burn practices, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere and destroying the habitat of critically endangered species in Sumatra and the Amazon Rainforest. The Rainforest Alliance has been working with palm farmers to teach them farming practices that both improve their livelihoods and ensure the health and well-being of their communities and ecosystems. The standard's rigorous and detailed environmental, social and economic criteria are designed to prevent deforestation, protect biodiversity and natural resources, deliver financial benefits to farmers, and support the well-being and rights of workers and local communities. Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Palm Oil standards for sustainable practices are the highest in the industry, not to be confused with sustainable palm or RSPO palm oil. For more information about the Rainforest Alliance and their work with palm farmers. To learn more, you can visit the The Rainforest Alliance.
The first ingredient in our lip tint is organic fair trade argan oil from a women's cooperative in Morocco that raises the social status of women in their community by making them a stable household income earner and providing them with education.
Mahatma Ghandi once said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." In our family, we strive to live by this mantra. My daughter names it as her favorite quote. A big part of my mission for Madison Soap is to show my own kids and all kids out there, young and old, that one person can create something that makes a lasting impact on their community.
After college, I traveled quite a bit and lived overseas for an extended period of time. I will always value that time, but I knew that I'd never be trusted to make a lasting impact as part of that community because I was seen as a foreigner. By coming back to the US and settling in Madison, Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to become rooted in a place and a people. Madison Soap Company is my way of being useful to my neighborhood.Shop Now
Find us locally
Willy Street Co-op East
1221 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703
Willy Street Co-op West
6825 University Ave, Middleton, WI 53562
319 State St, Madison, WI 53703
2322 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704
375 E Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
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