Winter Holiday 2019

Clear winter night skies glitter with infinite stars and a sense of wonder. Star struck by winter’s beauty, I’ve been inspired to create some smashing new scents for the soap menu, along with a couple of long-time favorites. ‘Tis the season to load up on all the goodies. How nice it is to have a little stash of treats on the shelf waiting for you, or to share something you love with a frien

The short list of new menu items is here.  If you want to read descriptions of these products and the full text of our recent Winter Holiday 2019 newsletter, scroll further down:

New Soap Scents (Winter Holiday 2019):
Vanilla Wood
Flannel Jammies
Balsam Cedar

Holiday Spice Home Fragrance Spray

Helping Hand Soap Sets

See our Gifts page for a sleigh full of gift ideas - small and large

“I pray this winter be gentle and kind--a season of rest from the wheel of the mind. "

- John Geddes

Hello Friends,

This year has come full circle, gently meandering through late fall and toe-tipping into the next season. Winter is a two-part performance: the first act is the merry holiday-making, and after a brief intermission, settles into the second act – a quiet hibernation while life regroups before the burst of spring.

Anticipating the winter holidays is a cheery gift in life’s stocking, full of wonder and excitement. We all become children again, giddy with happy memories and sweet traditions. It’s a time of family and friends, laughter and indulgence, a reminder of all the things we hold most dear. 

Once we toot our last New Year horn and put away our party hats, winter gives us another gift. Cold wind and weather shoo us indoors, inviting us to slow down and snuggle in the warmth of cozy comfort. There is a deep silence, maybe muffled by snow, when moments of peace and stillness remind us to breathe, to take in the moment, and realize everything is perfect, just the way it is.


Clear winter night skies glitter with infinite stars and a sense of wonder. Star struck by winter’s beauty, I’ve been inspired to create some smashing new scents for the soap menu, along with a couple of long-time favorites. ‘Tis the season to load up on all the goodies. How nice it is to have a little stash of treats on the shelf waiting for you, or to share something you love with a friend. ($5.00 each)  

VANILLA WOOD – A rich, warm, blend of deep, dark vanilla bourbon with soft golden teak and sandalwood. This fragrance is in the Frankincense family, but smoother, creamier, and truly elegantly gorgeous. The color is a light walnut brown, tinged with real vanilla bean powder.

CINNA-MINT – Peppermint candy cane and cinnamon red hots – that whole opposites attract thing? So, so good. This is an irresistible scent - icy cool plus spicy sweet, so delicious and so fun for a holiday soap. The color is a deep indigo blue shade, made with natural indigo plant dye. (100% natural soap)

FLANNEL JAMMIES – A perennial winter seasonal favorite, this soap has an actual soapy scent (imagine that!) with the scent of clean cotton still warm from the dryer. Snuggling up in a pair of soft flannel jam-jams is one of those most-loved comforts of winter nobody can resist.  This bar is ivory white, silky smooth, and a fun little something to tuck into Christmas stockings or to pamper your favorite hostess with.

BALSAM CEDAR – Fresh evergreens of balsam, spruce, juniper, and fir, blended with warm, woodsy cedar. Colored with nettle powder, it’s a gorgeous dark green. This is a heavenly forest scent - imagine being deep in the woods on a wintry day. Bring the clean, pure, freshness of the outdoors into your shower.


The Holiday Spice aromatic spray is our own little holiday tradition around here. It’s just not the holidays without it. We spritz around the house just before guests arrive, and they all coo about how great the place smells. And we spritz gift boxes, cards and stockings too before sending them off -- family and friends get a whoosh of holiday happiness when they open their presents.  This is our most requested seasonal spray, every year since the very beginning - oranges, cranberries, spices and greens all blended together for the perfect scent of magic and delight.   (4 oz bottle - $ 6.00)



Our incredibly popular mini soap sets are back with new scents for the season. Helping Hand Soaps are a set of 5 small square soap bars in different scents (2 oz ea), a sampler of our very best seasonal soaps. Half the proceeds are donated to, the world’s first and largest person-to-person micro lending group. The loans go directly to women entrepreneurs with small businesses, offering a helping hand to make their work sustainable for themselves and the families they support. We are committed to providing a step up for women following a similar path in places where the struggle is a lot harder. Over the years, the proceeds from these soap sets have been continuously re-loaned as they are paid back, becoming an expanding trust of opportunities for women all over the world.

Stacked up and tied with bakery twine, this sweet package has scents of: (top to bottom): Winter Mint (white), Coconut Orange Cardamom (creamy tan), Lemon Ginger Carrot (orange), Balsam Cedar (green), and Vanilla Wood (golden brown). It’s an excellent way to sample several of our best seasonal scents, AND they also make perfect small gifts for any occasion. Cleaning up not only does a body good, it makes a difference in people’s lives too. ($12 each)



It’s that time of year when we’re making our lists and checking them twice. Choosing the perfect gift doesn’t have to be a struggle - even if you’re looking for a treasure that is unique, locally made, eco-friendly, useful and use-able too. Soapworks Studio’s small gifts of soap and bath goodies check every box.  Everything is handmade in small, thoughtful batches, yet reasonably priced.  You’ll find something for everyone on your holiday gift list at

Click on our “Gifts” tab for a fabulous variety of customizable made-for-you gift ideas from small to large. Red-striped burlap totes, boxed sets, our holiday collection of Swedish dishcloths – there is a sleigh full of gift ideas. Or give the gift of soap all year long with a Sudscription – our “soap of the month club” - available in 3 month, 6 month or 1 year subscriptions.

With time running short, who wants the headaches of traffic jams, crowded malls, and empty shelves once you get there?  Save yourself the frustration and shop online at  We offer free shipping on orders of $100 or more. And we’ll happily send your items directly to family and friends with gift cards too  - don’t waste a minute gift wrapping, searching for boxes or waiting in long lines at the post office. Spend more time celebrating and less time fretting - let Soapworks Studio be your go-to for holiday gifts! 


Crackerjack Crafts in the Wallingford Center is now carrying Soapworks Studio soaps. Hooray! There is finally a retail shop in Seattle where you can stop by to sniff the latest seasonal soaps up close and in person. Filled with all local artisans and gorgeous handmade creations, you may do all your holiday shopping in one place.

And if you are in the Sacramento area, I’ll be at a couple of holiday shows this season. River City Marketplace at Urban Hive Nov 23rd, and at Drake’s Barn Dec 14th. Details on the website under “Events” tab. Hope to meet you there!

Warm wishes for a magical holiday season filled with wonder and delight - and a bright, sparkling new year ahead for all of us.