Welcome to Tulip Tree Soap Company
I'm glad you're here!
So, who are we, what do we do, and why should you shop with us?
That's probably what you want to know, and I don't blame you. After all, there are a tons of places you can buy handmade soap, shampoo bars, and all sorts of other bath and shower goodies - what makes Tulip Tree Soap Company special?
Who We Are
Tulip Tree Soap Company is a family owned that makes handmade soaps, lotions, hair care products, and body care products in our small shop in Indiana. You'll see "we" and "our" in our content, but right now, it's just me working here. My husband goes to the post office and my sister does a lot of my photography, though, plus I have a LOT of moral support, so it's not totally a one-woman operation.
How did I get started in all this?
I watched one of those Facebook videos on how to make a sugar scrub bar that promised to make my skin all silky smooth. I had some essential oils and some sugar and went to a craft store to buy melt and pour soap. I made some up and it was...fine. Not great, but fine.
But I wanted to try getting a bit more natural. I'm not "super-crunchy" but I do like to know what's safe and what's not - especially for my kids.
Then I found a recipe for a natural lip balm, bought ingredients from Amazon, and whipped up a batch. It was...gritty.
To make a long story less long, I began watching more videos, reading more articles, and going down a HUGE rabbit hole which culminated in wanting to learn how to make soap.
Cue MORE articles and videos and research until I made my first batch of bright blue soap. Really bright blue. But despite of blue bubbles all over my shower, my skin felt great after using it and I loved making it.
Y'all, I found my calling.
You've probably seen our tagline: "Every body | Every day." This is our mission, our slogan, our values, all wrapped up in one, four-word phrase, and it simply means this:
From essentials like soap and lip balm to fun stuff like sugar scrubs, everything we make is produced under these four guidelines:
- Gentle enough for every skin and hair type - no harsh sulfates or cleansing ingredients, unscented options, and everything is tested, tried, and true.
- Affordable enough for every budget - Everyone has a right to high-quality soaps and shampoos, and you'll get plenty of bang for your buck.
- Earth-friendlier options in how we make, package, and ship our products - I minimize waste during production and packaging, seek out cost-effective, earth-friendly packaging where I can, and use sustainable, cruelty-free ingredients.
- Safe to use - our ingredients are natural or plant-derived and always free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Because they are gentle, affordable, safe to use, and earth-friendly, you can use them every day. Even better - you'll WANT to use them every day, and so will everyone in your family.
I did a TON of research into ingredients to find out what's good, what's not, and, just as important - how these ingredients are beneficial to you. For example, let's compare jojoba oil and castor oil. Jojoba oil is amazing for conditioners and lotions - products that "soak in" rather than wash off quickly. It's fine to use in soaps and shampoos, but you don't get the full benefit of it, especially given what it costs to source. On the other hand, castor oil is amazing in soap and lip balm because it creates a brilliant lather and draws moisture.
Why Tulip Tree?
The tulip tree is a type of poplar, and it's the state tree of Kentucky (where I'm from) and Indiana (where I live now). Plus, there's a massive one in my yard and every spring it blooms in these gorgeous flowers, and I love it. So, nothing deep, I just named my business after a tree.
The Goals of Tulip Tree Soap Company
My #1 goal is to never veer from my mission statement. I love making handcrafted shower and bath stuff, it lets me use my creativity and get kind of weird with stuff sometimes (you've probably seen the Dumpster Fire soap). Plus, I love knowing that my family and yours are using safe, high-quality items that don't break the budget or kill our planet.
When I think about long-term goals, not only do I want to keep on with my mission statement, but I want to turn Tulip Tree into a place where people with special needs or accommodations and disabilities can work and earn a fair, living wage in a safe, supportive environment. My kids are Autistic, and I know how hard it can be for people with disabilities or people who may need accommodations to get support in their jobs or even get hired in the first place. I want to provide that space where people can learn new skills and get paid.
So, now you know a little about Tulip Tree Soap Company, hopefully you like what you see! Got any questions, never hesitate to contact me or my team (which, right now, is also me.).
All the best!
Founder, Tulip Tree Soap Company