Inga Ford, Soapmaker

Inga Ford, Soapmaker

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Thank you Inga πŸ’•β€οΈ with the way this week has been I totally forgot about my order - we finally checked the mail box today and oh my gosh 😍😍 so gorgeous - you are a clever lady β€οΈπŸ’•
Allie Linds Adams-Bell this is the soap lady I told you about :)
Hope you've got moisturizer in stock... will be around to get more in the next few days. Nearly run out the last jar. Don't want to start looking 50!!
I went to the market in Geraldine during show weekend recently. I tried the raspberry and vanilla shampoo bar and I can’t believe the results. I no longer have dandruff, my hair is soft and shiny and it doesn’t dry out my hair like the Ethique range does. I’m so excited to find a product that makes my hair look and feel great. I’m heading overseas at Christmas and I no longer have to worry about bottled shampoos and body wash leaking everywhere in my checked in luggage. Thanks so much Inga Ford your products are top class!
Hi Inga, can you please tell me do you still make the Tuberose Soap with goats milk and tussah silk and where I might purchase them from. I live in Ashburton
goodness these look good enough to eat! lol
I love your soaps so much.
Hi there, I love your soaps and was wanting some more for myself and Xmas presents. Are you going to be at any markets in the Canterbury area between now and Christmas at all? Thanks 😊

Premium quality bath and body products made the old fashioned way, by skilled artisans using traditional methods and the highest quality ingredients.

At Inga Ford Soapmaker we've created a soap recipe that is high in unsaponifiables and we've sourced our ingredients in a way that is both socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. Combined with the traditional cold process method of soapmaking we create a range of soap bars for every body and every budget. From no-frills Square-ish bars for everyday to the ultra giftable Art of Soap range our bars are time tested, free from compromise and made just the way nature intended.

Operating as usual

03/06/2021

Spent my day packing up mini bar samplers. These are the last of the stock until nearer to Christmas so if you had your eye on one for a gift then it might pay to grab it soon.
Packing samplers is quite a fiddly job and it takes a while so I put the tunes on and grooved along with the music. It was fun, it almost felt like a day off :)

Spent my day packing up mini bar samplers. These are the last of the stock until nearer to Christmas so if you had your eye on one for a gift then it might pay to grab it soon.
Packing samplers is quite a fiddly job and it takes a while so I put the tunes on and grooved along with the music. It was fun, it almost felt like a day off :)

24/05/2021

This is the 311th time I have made this soap. It is also the last time. :( One part of the fragrance blend has been removed by the supplier so I can't make it any more.
If you have a spare 4 minutes or so then I made you a video of the making of Peachy. It was a fun soap with its multi-layers and bright colours. It will be missed

20/05/2021

Something new this morning. This is a "rimmed soap". Fragranced in English Garden

Something new this morning. This is a "rimmed soap". Fragranced in English Garden

20/05/2021

Another successful kaleidoscope soap. This is Marks effort from yesterday, fragranced with patchouli and sweet orange so very 70's hippy'esque. Mark poured this one and chose the colours and fragrance. He's more than just a market seller and whipper of body wash!

Another successful kaleidoscope soap. This is Marks effort from yesterday, fragranced with patchouli and sweet orange so very 70's hippy'esque. Mark poured this one and chose the colours and fragrance. He's more than just a market seller and whipper of body wash!

19/05/2021

Action shot! Mark was pouring a column of kaleidoscope soap today so I sneaked a picture. We will see how it turns out tomorrow

Action shot! Mark was pouring a column of kaleidoscope soap today so I sneaked a picture. We will see how it turns out tomorrow

18/05/2021

A little bit of sunshine! It is snowing and hailing today so this little spot of colour made my day 🌞

A little bit of sunshine! It is snowing and hailing today so this little spot of colour made my day 🌞

[05/14/21]   Did your mum ever wash your mouth out with soap? What word did you say to earn that punishment?

13/05/2021

Oops! Sometimes the soap doesn't make it into the mould

Oops! Sometimes the soap doesn't make it into the mould

12/05/2021

This is yesterday's mystery soap!

This is yesterday's mystery soap!

11/05/2021

I made a mess! I have no idea what this soap will look like. It is scented with Cactus flower fragrance, coloured with neons, and its round so about as far as you can get from a usual soap I would make. It is still setting up at the moment. Hopefully we can get a look at it tomorrow

I made a mess! I have no idea what this soap will look like. It is scented with Cactus flower fragrance, coloured with neons, and its round so about as far as you can get from a usual soap I would make. It is still setting up at the moment. Hopefully we can get a look at it tomorrow

11/05/2021

Printing soap tools! This is a lid for my new tube mould, to help the mould keep its shape and to stop stuff falling in.

Printing soap tools! This is a lid for my new tube mould, to help the mould keep its shape and to stop stuff falling in.

10/05/2021

The restocking continues. This somewhat boring looking soap is English garden. 6 done, 3 more to make today then we're going to have a try at doing it in a slab mould 😲

The restocking continues. This somewhat boring looking soap is English garden. 6 done, 3 more to make today then we're going to have a try at doing it in a slab mould 😲

09/05/2021

The shelves are nearly empty so I've been busy filling them back up again. First up is Honeysuckle

The shelves are nearly empty so I've been busy filling them back up again. First up is Honeysuckle

08/05/2021

Eeek! I have a soap shortage! Look at all those empty shelves :o

Eeek! I have a soap shortage! Look at all those empty shelves :o

06/05/2021

Apparently it is too cold in the soap room for the soap so it got to stay in the warm and I got sent to the soap room to do my work 🀨

Apparently it is too cold in the soap room for the soap so it got to stay in the warm and I got sent to the soap room to do my work 🀨

04/05/2021

Happy Star Wars Day! May the fourth be with you

Happy Star Wars Day! May the fourth be with you

30/04/2021

The World Snooker Champs is on! This runs on British time so we have been staying up late and waking up early. So tired...

The World Snooker Champs is on! This runs on British time so we have been staying up late and waking up early. So tired...

30/04/2021

It's Square-ish stamping day. The neighbours might be wondering what all the πŸ”¨ noises are about!

It's Square-ish stamping day. The neighbours might be wondering what all the πŸ”¨ noises are about!

29/04/2021

Evening! Did you watch our recent video where we made a loaf of soap? We're planning another soap-making video and we would love some feedback about what you liked or didn't like. Was it too fast, too slow, too complicated, needed subtitles or a soundtrack, more angles, wider angles... Was there something you didn't understand or wanted to see more of? If you have any suggestions we'd love to hear them.

Evening! Did you watch our recent video where we made a loaf of soap? We're planning another soap-making video and we would love some feedback about what you liked or didn't like. Was it too fast, too slow, too complicated, needed subtitles or a soundtrack, more angles, wider angles... Was there something you didn't understand or wanted to see more of? If you have any suggestions we'd love to hear them.

28/04/2021

Endcut bundles waiting for their tags. There are two different options; Lemongrass, Peachy, English garden, Champagne, and Cherry soda or Lemongrass, Peachy, English garden, Victorian rose, and Lavender

Endcut bundles waiting for their tags. There are two different options; Lemongrass, Peachy, English garden, Champagne, and Cherry soda or Lemongrass, Peachy, English garden, Victorian rose, and Lavender

26/04/2021

Ain't no rest for the wicked....
I spent the day making up new mini bar samplers and packing wholesale orders. I will add the samplers to the website and also make up some end cuts packs in case you want one or other for Mother's day.
I hope your day was more restful than mine :D

Ain't no rest for the wicked....
I spent the day making up new mini bar samplers and packing wholesale orders. I will add the samplers to the website and also make up some end cuts packs in case you want one or other for Mother's day.
I hope your day was more restful than mine :D

22/04/2021

Get the benefits of exercise by floating in the tub! It must be true, I read it on the internet!
(Also, that's 104 Fahrenheit, so ~40C. No need to boil yourself!)

Get the benefits of exercise by floating in the tub! It must be true, I read it on the internet!
(Also, that's 104 Fahrenheit, so ~40C. No need to boil yourself!)

21/04/2021

I did some quick maths and have decided that our soap bars only contain about 77% soap & water. The other 23% is the good stuff - glycerin for hydrating your skin, extra oils to help hold the moisture in and make your skin feel soft, additives like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, triterpenes, tocopherols, squalene, proteins etc for healthier skin, and fragrance to make you feel good :)

I did some quick maths and have decided that our soap bars only contain about 77% soap & water. The other 23% is the good stuff - glycerin for hydrating your skin, extra oils to help hold the moisture in and make your skin feel soft, additives like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, triterpenes, tocopherols, squalene, proteins etc for healthier skin, and fragrance to make you feel good :)

13/04/2021

Every year we squirrel away $1 for each web order we get in order to fund a few of the things we like to support. Most of this money goes towards our favourite project, which is employing forest rangers and protecting orangutan habitat on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Currently we protect 2 sq km, enough space for 3 orangutans, by providing rangers that patrol the forests to keep them safe from illegal logging and poachers.
This year, due to your support, we had an extra $190 to spend! We used $100 to plant 20 trees in Northern Sumatra but the question is what to spend the remaining $90 on? Do you have a suggestion for a socially and environmentally sustainable organisation that could do with a little cash? Let me know!

Every year we squirrel away $1 for each web order we get in order to fund a few of the things we like to support. Most of this money goes towards our favourite project, which is employing forest rangers and protecting orangutan habitat on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Currently we protect 2 sq km, enough space for 3 orangutans, by providing rangers that patrol the forests to keep them safe from illegal logging and poachers.
This year, due to your support, we had an extra $190 to spend! We used $100 to plant 20 trees in Northern Sumatra but the question is what to spend the remaining $90 on? Do you have a suggestion for a socially and environmentally sustainable organisation that could do with a little cash? Let me know!

12/04/2021

the making of a loaf of Raspberry soap

12/04/2021

Yesterday's colour trials... Not what I was aiming for so I have to do them all again πŸ₯Ί
You'd think after 9 years I'd know how to make a pale shade but it isn't something I have much experience with. Still nice colours tho

Yesterday's colour trials... Not what I was aiming for so I have to do them all again πŸ₯Ί
You'd think after 9 years I'd know how to make a pale shade but it isn't something I have much experience with. Still nice colours tho

10/04/2021

A bit of sunshine on this overcast day. I'm not making a 🌈. This is another round of colour testing for square-ish bars.

A bit of sunshine on this overcast day. I'm not making a 🌈. This is another round of colour testing for square-ish bars.

08/04/2021

Happy #smallbusinessdaynz ! What is Small Business Day? Today, when you spend with a small business, everyone wins! You get something you want, they feel the love and make some cash, and you could each win a share of $200,000 of prizes. What's not to love!
So a shoutout to all my lovely stockists! Boxsmith who will be getting the lovely soap in the picture below, a new stockist Ladybird Junction (Balclutha) who should now have a selection of body wash, sugar scrubs and butter creams in store, Country Trader Crafts Outram who is all stocked up for Mother's Day, Tievoli Trading in Geraldine, Country Living in Gore, Aurora arts and gifts on Stewart Island, Vivre Home Gifts Plants in Nelson, The Red Shed Gallery in Rakaia, ECHO Designer Boutique in Devonport, Presence on Harbour in Oamaru, HAPA at the Tannery and in the BNZ Centre, Genevieves Kaikoura, Industria Store in Rolleston and the Colombo Mall, a new stockist Wooden Edge Gifts to Remember in Waipukurau, Wrapt Gifts & Decor in Alexandra, our very first stockist Made and Found Store in Mosgiel, SHELF home+gifts in Cashmere, Doodlefish in Dunedin, K&Tflorals in Manly, Temuka Pottery Shop / Mendelson Barn in Temuka, Maple and Wild in Hawera, Frenchpolish in Invercargill, the New Brighton Florist, Anna's Homestore & Gifts, Made For You, Meltsy, Inspiration Gifts in Oamaru, Matilda & The Metalman in Fairlie, Green Island Boutique Pharmacy in Dunedin, Georgie Girl in Port Chalmers and Invercargill, Gourmet Trader in Tauranga, Ashford Store in Ashburton, Ambrosia Floral Design in Invercargill, Gone Potty in Dunedin, The Black Sheep Boutique, and A Little Bird Told Me down the street from me in Wyndham. Have a great #smallbusinessday

Happy #smallbusinessdaynz ! What is Small Business Day? Today, when you spend with a small business, everyone wins! You get something you want, they feel the love and make some cash, and you could each win a share of $200,000 of prizes. What's not to love!
So a shoutout to all my lovely stockists! Boxsmith who will be getting the lovely soap in the picture below, a new stockist Ladybird Junction (Balclutha) who should now have a selection of body wash, sugar scrubs and butter creams in store, Country Trader Crafts Outram who is all stocked up for Mother's Day, Tievoli Trading in Geraldine, Country Living in Gore, Aurora arts and gifts on Stewart Island, Vivre Home Gifts Plants in Nelson, The Red Shed Gallery in Rakaia, ECHO Designer Boutique in Devonport, Presence on Harbour in Oamaru, HAPA at the Tannery and in the BNZ Centre, Genevieves Kaikoura, Industria Store in Rolleston and the Colombo Mall, a new stockist Wooden Edge Gifts to Remember in Waipukurau, Wrapt Gifts & Decor in Alexandra, our very first stockist Made and Found Store in Mosgiel, SHELF home+gifts in Cashmere, Doodlefish in Dunedin, K&Tflorals in Manly, Temuka Pottery Shop / Mendelson Barn in Temuka, Maple and Wild in Hawera, Frenchpolish in Invercargill, the New Brighton Florist, Anna's Homestore & Gifts, Made For You, Meltsy, Inspiration Gifts in Oamaru, Matilda & The Metalman in Fairlie, Green Island Boutique Pharmacy in Dunedin, Georgie Girl in Port Chalmers and Invercargill, Gourmet Trader in Tauranga, Ashford Store in Ashburton, Ambrosia Floral Design in Invercargill, Gone Potty in Dunedin, The Black Sheep Boutique, and A Little Bird Told Me down the street from me in Wyndham. Have a great #smallbusinessday

07/04/2021

So apparently it is Wednesday (already, OMG, who knew!). And since Wednesday is the day soap makers show off their freshly made soap I took this picture from this morning's soap making session. Oakmoss, just freshly poured #wetsoapwednesday

So apparently it is Wednesday (already, OMG, who knew!). And since Wednesday is the day soap makers show off their freshly made soap I took this picture from this morning's soap making session. Oakmoss, just freshly poured #wetsoapwednesday

05/04/2021

What with end-of-year stocktaking, April fools day, Easter, daylight saving and a random holiday I don't know which way is up!
Did you know that today is Southland anniversary day? No? Last year this holiday was in the middle of lockdown and the year before I didn't live in Southland so had no reason to know. For everyone patiently waiting on their orders they will leave here TOMORROW.
Today I'm trialing some new colours for Squareish bars. These are from yesterday -2 new pinks, one is a Strawberry fragrance and the other is Pink Cactus

What with end-of-year stocktaking, April fools day, Easter, daylight saving and a random holiday I don't know which way is up!
Did you know that today is Southland anniversary day? No? Last year this holiday was in the middle of lockdown and the year before I didn't live in Southland so had no reason to know. For everyone patiently waiting on their orders they will leave here TOMORROW.
Today I'm trialing some new colours for Squareish bars. These are from yesterday -2 new pinks, one is a Strawberry fragrance and the other is Pink Cactus

31/03/2021

At Inga Ford Soapmaker we've never been content with making average soap. With socially and environmentally sustainable ingredients, the longest ageing process in the biz, and our signature "chonky cut" bars for longer life we've pushed every envelope to bring you the very smoothest and creamiest soap #intheworld.

And now we're going above and beyond, by launching a selection of our favourite soap bars into space - to finish their long, slow cure in ZERO GRAVITY - for the smoothest and longest lasting bars ever!

At Inga Ford Soapmaker we've never been content with making average soap. With socially and environmentally sustainable ingredients, the longest ageing process in the biz, and our signature "chonky cut" bars for longer life we've pushed every envelope to bring you the very smoothest and creamiest soap #intheworld.

And now we're going above and beyond, by launching a selection of our favourite soap bars into space - to finish their long, slow cure in ZERO GRAVITY - for the smoothest and longest lasting bars ever!

29/03/2021

I love the feeling of exhilaration you get when a task goes well, and the harder the task the bigger the rush. I can only imagine how those tug boat crews in the Suez canal will be feeling right now!

I love the feeling of exhilaration you get when a task goes well, and the harder the task the bigger the rush. I can only imagine how those tug boat crews in the Suez canal will be feeling right now!

28/03/2021

Sometimes an order is too big for a standard box but too small for a large box. This usually requires me to use copious amounts of tissue paper to stop things sliding around.
I made this tray base to hold the products in place. It will still need tissue paper (to stop the items bouncing up) but it will save you from that packing paper explosion that can happen! I also feel there might be gift boxes in the future :)

Sometimes an order is too big for a standard box but too small for a large box. This usually requires me to use copious amounts of tissue paper to stop things sliding around.
I made this tray base to hold the products in place. It will still need tissue paper (to stop the items bouncing up) but it will save you from that packing paper explosion that can happen! I also feel there might be gift boxes in the future :)

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