Schoon Soap makes small-batch, all-natural soaps with beautiful, modern packaging and without animal products, synthetic fragrances, or preservatives. Stephanie Klose started Schoon Soap with her husband, Rob Kemp, in 2014 in their apartment in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, an area known for its soaring sycamore trees, Victorian houses, and friendly inhabitants. She is responsible for product development and production, while Rob handles shipping and customer service.
Stephanie has been making soap since 2005, though the constraints of city living (e.g., sharing tiny kitchens with a succession of roommates) kept her from experimenting as much as she would have liked. Beginning in early 2014, she spent months developing an exclusive formula for soap that would be hard and long lasting without using animal products or environmentally unsound palm oil, but also rich and moisturizing and kind to the skin. It took several more months of experimentation to devise the precise combinations of essential oils to achieve the soaps’ sophisticated fragrances.
The word schoon means ‘clean’ in Dutch. The name is a nod to Stephanie’s own Dutch heritage, and also to the histories of Brooklyn and the upper Hudson Valley, her current home and where she grew up, respectively, many of whose streets and towns still bear the names of early Dutch inhabitants. Stephanie’s beloved Oma made harsh tallow soap out of necessity on the rural farm where she raised her family—including Stephanie’s father—and though Oma was certainly happy to leave that task behind when they emigrated to the United States in the 1950s, Stephanie treasures the connection to generations of hard-working, capable women that she feels when making things with her hands.
Schoon soaps are made by the cold process method using oils and lye (sodium hydroxide). No lye remains after the saponification process—when the oils and lye are combined and agitated—just pure, clean, happy-making soap.
Handmade soaps are often hardened with animal fats or palm oil, neither of which we use. Instead, we start with coconut oil and shea butter to make hard, long-lasting bars with creamy, bubbly, luxurious lather and add olive, sunflower, avocado, and castor oils to make our soaps moisturizing and great for your skin. We wrap the fully cured bars in glassine, which protects them from air and moisture.
Since we don’t add any synthetic fragrances, parabens, or preservatives, many people with sensitive skin can use our soaps comfortably. People with extra-sensitive skin may want to use one of our unscented varieties: Pure/Unscented, Almond Milk & Oatmeal, or Olive Oil & Cocoa Butter.
Our soaps are vegan friendly—our products do not contain any animal products or animal byproducts.
Please note: The way you treat your soap will affect how long it lasts; handmade soap will last a long time if kept dry between uses. For best results, please keep the bars out of direct streams of water and use a draining soap dish.
Our products are made by hand using natural materials. Please allow for slight differences in the size, shape, and surface texture of the finished bars.