Teresa has been soaping since 2001 but has a much longer history with soap. Her Mother actually made soap in a big black kettle with tallow that she rendered herself. Teresa says, “It’s in my DNA.” When she started soaping, her philosphy was to “spare no expense.” She thought to herself, “How much can I pack into this bar of soap so that it has the optiumum quality, luxury, look and feel?” With ingredients like yogurt, coconut cream, rhassoul clay, beeswax, aloe vera and even champagne, Teresa has set about to make each soap a unique and nourishing art form. It took her many years of “pushing the envelope” to figure out ideal recipes that incorporated all of her exotic ingredients and wonderful essential oil blends.
TAS square-ish shape was originally inspired by a square shaped cookie cutter that Teresa found. She refined the shape, little by little, from there, eventually coming up with two sizes of bars (4 and 6 ounce) that retail from $7 to $9 from the TAS site here. Some of the stores that sell TAS soap sell it for as much as $12 per bar. With the beautiful handmade paper and exquisite designs in each bar of soap, her soaps sell very well in upscale boutiques. Teresa is actually looking for a few more boutiques to sell her product so if you have a store that is interested, you can contact her here.
Teresa hand wraps and hand stamps her soap bars and calls it a “labor of love.” Her philosophy on running her own business is that “Ya’ gotta have fun, ya’ gotta have balance and ya’ gotta have it within the paramters of your health and well being.”
TAS has a soap of the month club as well. Click here to check that out. It’s a great gift for anyone that will be sure to delight and impress, all year round.
As far as I know, they definitely are. Her contact information (including business phone) is on her site so you could definitely call or email her for ordering information:
Is TAS still making soaps these days? I'm looking for a few gifts for someone who's hard to buy for and these soaps are perfect! I just can't find that she's been active since 2009.
I’m so glad that you were all so inspired by Teresa’s soap and philosophy. I know I was!
And, Teresa, thanks for popping in to tell us even more about your passion for soap and for making the world a sweeter place through your craft.
I know TAS from The Sage list! She has the most beautiful soaps!!! Hi TAS!!
Shelly in FL
Chris (bug) says
I love TAS soap! She does an absolutely fantastic job, and her soaps are really works of art! I can even say “I knew her when” lol!!! Love your soaps TAS!
Greetings Anne Marie and my other fellow soap makers! Is it kosher to comment? Well, I’m going to do so — Thanks so much Anne Marie for your very nice article in your blog. Also a shout out to Kelly Bloom for gifting my soap to you. What great souls you both are!
I get so much enjoyment from making soap. I remember when I first started making soap my DH asked: “Where are you going with all that soap.” (Meaning: what the heck are you doing?). I answered — “It’s not where I am going with the soap, it’s where the soap is taking me.” It has taken me to a great place – I have made dear friends, both online and offline, learned so much, received so much pleasure, and, as an added bonus I have helped clean the world!
Blessing to all (stay clean).
Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill says
Teresa’s philosophy caught my attention, “Ya’ gotta have fun, ya’ gotta have balance and ya’ gotta have it within the paramters of your health and well being.” So well said! And absolutely beautiful soap, makes me want a bar right now!
Oh, freakin’ wow! I think the most meaningful thing about it is that she puts so much care, time, and energy into an object whose purpose is to be ephemeral. It’s an interesting commentary on consumer culture, as well as a rebuttal of some more stereotypical claims about “women’s work.”
Those are so beautiful!
TAS makes THE BEST SOAP EVER! Make sure you unwrap and use them because they are fabulous for your skin. Her scent blends are AMAZING. I make soap, but always have a bar from TAS to treat myself. It doesn’t get any better. 🙂
I agree! If you check out her site, you’ll be amazed at how each bar has its own recipe list, look and overall style. She puts a lot of work into each batch of soap.
Burnt Mill Candles and Soap says
those are each art work!