Original Soap Planer/Beveler is now back

DSC00095You heard right. We are so surprised but, just as we had all but given up that Glenn would be well enough to work in his wood shop he began to improve and decided to go play in his shop.  He has made about 20 planers so far and it was pretty easy on him so he said he’s opening shop again. So, for all of those who have patiently been waiting we want to say thank you so much for sticking with us and we are ready to start filling orders. For those of you who have not heard of our handy dandy soap planer/beveler I have a youtube video describing it and how it is used. Just follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8HkPIT9qXs Hope to hear from you soon!

Making Soap and Bath Products again.

I am so happy to announce that I have begun making soaps and bath products again.  It has felt like an eternity to get moved and settled enough to pull out my gloves, goggles and hair net and get down to business again doing the thing I love best.  I have lip balms done as well as hand soaps, and so far have 3 new soaps I will add to my line soon.  I have chai tea scent, a blood orange scent and a men’s soap.  I did help my daughter in law make a peppermint soap for her to gift people with.  (We all have to pitch in and help others learn hand made crafting).  This year I will finally be able to unveil my castiles.  I have 3 that will be available while supply lasts.  The castile soap is my baby.  They take a full year to cure to become just right.  I won’t sell them early.  My usual goal is to make one batch a month so I have an entire batch available each month throughout the year but this year, due to the move, we only have 3 batches.  Look for them in my ETSY shop (CDAsoapworks) soon.  Since the weather is getting colder I will be making my luscious Everything Balm again for use anywhere the dry weather bothers you.  You can use it as a foot cream, hand cream, night cream, etc.  My daughter boyfriend says it is awesome for his beard.  I can hardly keep him supplied.  Since I live in Houston now, I’m not sure how the humidity will affect my bath bombs but I am going to give it a shot.  Where there is a will there is a way and my creative juices are flowing once more.  Oh, and let’s not forget sugar scrubs.  As you can see, I have a lot of work to do to get back up and running but I’ll keep you posted and show you lots of pictures too and a few how-to videos as well.

We will be Open for business in November

I had trouble typing that word {November}. We have tried so hard to get our business up and running while we are undergoing our cross country move. However, we are stuck in a 3rd floor apartment (Ughhh) while our home is being built and, try as we might, we could find no workshop to continue making our planer/beveler. Therefore, we will have to wait until we move into our home in October to set up the business again. We need a couple of weeks to unpack and then we will both work diligently to bring our inventory up quickly. Do not worry that we will not be able to meet demand or that you may have to wait on back orders. We are good at what we do and we will get these planers to everyone who wants one. As soon as we are open we will make an announcement here on our web page, on our facebook page (Coeur d’Alene Soap Works) and on our Etsy page (CDAsoapworks).

We are so sorry for the inconvenience and we are counting the days until we are settled and open for business again.


Time to close shop while we MOVE


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It has come time to close the shop while we make our move.  Leaving beautiful Coeur d’ Alene Idaho and moving to Conroe Texas.  We have to be nearer to our children.  You know that saying, “Home is where the heart is!”  Well, that is where our heart is so that is where we go.  Since we wanted a very energy efficient home we are building so we are apartment dwellers once again until the house is finished sometime in August.  This means we are without a wood working shop to make our wonderful soap planer/beveler.  Glenn isn’t giving up though.  We are driving down to Texas instead of flying so we can haul all of his wood working tools down in hopes of having more luck renting somewhere he can work out of.  Who knows. We may get lucky.  Or, we may have to rent a storage unit for his tools too. Can you see me laughing and shaking my head at the same time!  

Glenn is worried people will forget about his wonderful planer and he hates closing the shop but we will be back.  Wait for it. It’s just a few months.  You can drop us a line and bug us all you like at cdasoapworks@gmail.com.  

Thanks for all of your wonderful support, we’ll be back as soon as possible.


Soap Planer/Beveler

Soap Planer/Beveler

Coeur d’Alene Soap Works will be closed from March 12-17 as we head to Texas to find a rental property while our new home there is being built. We will be making the move from Idaho to Texas on April 14th so our shop will again be closed April 12th for a few weeks while we get settled and find space for woodworking once we are there. Anyone interested in buying a planer should do so ASAP to make sure we have one available to you. You can order at this time through our ETSY store at cdasoapworks.etsy.com

Holy Smokes, where have I been

I had no idea it has been so long since I made a post. I haven’t been sitting in front of the TV eating bon bon’s I promise. Around Christmas time we made a huge decision and we decided to put the house up for sale and make the move from Idaho to Texas to be closer to our children. We were just tired of those 5 day visits every year or so.

We had so much to do to get ready for the sale.  Of course I couldn’t make a lot of my soap and bath products with all the showings we were having . Big Sigh! Low and behold, the house sold. Panic time….do we really want to do this!!! Too late now! Now that the panic is over we are very happy to be heading closer to the kiddo’s and setting up business there. Our move date is set up for mid-April which is coming up soon!

Trying to move, run a business, build a new house while renting is going to be challenging and we hope it doesn’t put a glitch in our production or inconvenience any of our wonderful customers. Our biggest hurdle to date is finding a place where Glenn, my dear husband, can set up his shop to continue making and selling his planer/beveler for all of those who are wanting it. Fingers crossed and saying a prayer that we will work out all of the obstacles that come up. I’ll be better about posting to let you know what we are doing.


Our How-To Video for our Original Soap Planer/Beveler


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Here is my humble attempt to make a video showing you how to use and care for our Original Soap Planer/Beveler and some safety tips. I hope you can see how easy it is to make professional looking bars.


The Drawing is almost upon us.



The Drawing is almost upon us.

We asked soapers from around the globe and gathered their favorites. With the help of some of our favorite sponsors, we created this prize package valued at over $800. Will you be the grand prize winner? Head over to Soaping101.com and enter for a chance to win.

If you are a soaper and haven’t entered yet you must run over to soaping101.com and enter right away. We are so proud to be a sponsor this year with our Original Soap Planer/Beveler and can’t wait to find out who wins.

Contest closes at 11:59 pm EST on December 21st.
Good luck to all!

My Review of 32 lbs Food Grade Sodium Hydroxide Lye Micro Beads – 16 x 2lb Bottles

I won’t buy any other Sodium Hydroxide

By cdasoapworks from Coeur d’Alene Idaho on 12/6/2013


5out of 5

Pros: Easy to use, Dissolves Readily

Best Uses: Soap Making

Was this a gift?: No

I have been making soap for a long time and this is hands down the best lye product I have ever used. The microbeads aren’t too bad with static unless the humidity drops very low and then just a swipe with a dryer sheet in my container before I pour eliminates that problem nicely. This product dissolves easily when mixing and I haven’t had any problems with it clumping. I will never buy from anyone else and the price is fantastic.



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