Practical Witch Shop

Creations made by your Witcharista (Friday Gladheart) and carefully curated delights. Grab a custom perfume just for you, or have Friday design you a special candle, incense, or soap. A few rare books are available while your Witcharista clears out the shelves for new acquisitions. You can pre-order the 2022 Practical Witch’s Almanac here (25th-anniversary edition), and it will be signed by the author. If you order other items with your pre-order, they will be shipped at the same time as your almanac. The printer estimates the 2022 edition should arrive here at the sanctuary around November 18th and they will be shipped to you as soon as they arrive. Orders without the 2022 almanac are shipped immediately. Free Shipping on orders over $60, flat $8.25 shipping for orders under $60.

Custom Handmade Soap

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Genuine, hand crafted, HOT PROCESS soap. Made the old fashioned way by Friday Gladheart who brews your soap in a hot cauldron, stirring clockwise of course. Just like great grandma used to make, but with more precision! This is the real stuff, not melt and pour. I carefully calculate and prepare all ingredients to ensure that there is 6% to 9% lye deficit (depending on your formula). This means that the essential oils, shea butter, and other conditioning oils are not saponified and are freely available to soften, moisturize, and condition your skin. Note that expertly made lye soap like this contains no traces of lye and is safer for skin that other soaps. For any skin type, sensitivity, or needs.

Made with all-natural ingredients, pure essential oils and botanicals. If you include in your notes that you are ordering a custom soap for a specific magical or spiritual use (such as protection, purification, love, etc.) your soap may also include tumble-polished stones such as amethyst, rose quartz, etc. in each bar.

Custom orders require ordering an entire loaf which measures about 9 inches long by 3.5 inches tall and wide. This is around 8 or 9 bars of soap measuring 3.5 inches square and about 1 inch thick. I will cut the loaf before shipping it to you. If you would like your soap uncut, or cut into thick bars, just let us know in the free options section.

Artistic license will come into play here, meaning that I might add a swirl of color to your soap, sprinkle some petals or herbs on the top to make it beautiful (and for their magical and spiritual properties), or I might paint designs on the surface with natural mineral pigments.

Shipped in One Week from Order Date

Your custom soap is created within a day or two of your order. It then cures for two days, is cut (unless you choose "uncut"), allowed to cure another two days, and then ships.

Floating Soaps are $30 Extra, but do you need it to float?

If you don't need it to float, you can order the same soap for much less and you'll get it faster!

Sometimes I create something just to prove that it can be done. Ivory® is the only mass market soap that floats, a novelty from my childhood that has always fascinated me. No other soap makers (small or corporate) were making floating soap and I took to task the challenge of creating a floating black soap and named it Ebony. It was so fun that I made others such as Impossible Black Soap and Clean and Clear,. You may have come across these soaps at metaphysical stores, farmer's markets, or boutiques and you can order them directly from me here. However, please be aware that floating soap require a considerable amount of extra processing, along with an extra 10 days of production time.

Ingredients put into the cauldron: Lard, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Essential Oils

What comes out: The only ingredients that come out of the cauldron in the same state in which they were added are the essential oils. These are added long after the saponification process is complete. Through the magic of saponificaiton, all of the other ingredients are transformed. Lard becomes sodium tallowate, coconut oil becomes sodium cocoate, olive oil becomes sodium olivate, castor oil becomes sodium castorate (sometimes called sodium ricinoleate) and most of the shea butter becomes sodium sheabutterate. Shea butter has several conditioning components that remain unchanged and do not saponify, but instead remain to condition the skin. The essential oils used vary widely, and they are stated in detail with your custom order.

The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) is a mandatory nomenclature on cosmetics since 1999. The aim of INCI is to clarify and standardize cosmetic labeling. makes every attempt to comply with all regulations and below is the INCI ingredients list for custom soaps:

INCI Ingredients: Adeps Suillus, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Steam distilled Essential Oils (varies with formula).

A bit of trivia: Ivory® is a registered trademark as of Proctor & Gamble. It got its start at the JB Williams Company in Vermont in the late 1800s as Ivorine!

Vegan soap can be created upon request however, it takes 3 months to cure and harden fully. We use up-cycled lard sequestered from a nearby resort restaurant. It would otherwise be thrown away or spilled on the ground, causing a heavy environmental impact.

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