North Cambridge Artist Association

Barbara Thomas (soapmaker)

When I told friends I was making soap, they arched an eyebrow and asked me if I realized that I could buy soap at the supermarket. But as a Chemical Engineer, what would you have me do as a hobby, refine used motor oil?

Making soap by hand allows the soapmaker the freedom to carefully select a blend of oils based on the characteristics each one will contribute. I use lots of olive oil for gentleness, coconut oil for fluffy lather and palm oil for a hard bar. I also use other oils for conditioning such as shea butter, mango butter and sweet almond oil.

For more information, contact Barbara Thomas
Artifact Soapworks Limited, 1770 Massachusetts Ave. PMB 621, Cambridge, MA 02140