Rapid City, SD 57701

(605) 824-6200

Home of fine handmade soap

Soap Ingredients We Use


100% Natural Soaps

Many people have fragrance sensitivities or a personal preference to use non-fragranced soap and some prefer to use only soaps scented with pure essential oils. We serve both with our 100% Natural Soap line. All of the soaps listed in that category are either fragrance free and completely natural or they are scented with ONLY pure essential oils and they are clearly marked as such. The skin on the human body is the largest organ of the body and what we put on it to bathe is more important that most people know. We work hard to make the highest quality soaps with the best ingredients we can find and these 100% Natural Soaps won't disappoint! 

Base Oils

Soap is made with oil. The quality and type of soap oils is EVERYTHING when making handcrafted artisan soap. Always read labels. Ingredients tell the whole story. 

We have always believed in using the finest soap ingredients in our products. Our mission is not to just produce a great-smelling soap, but to make a soap that will actually improve the health of your skin while delighting your senses. Dakota Soapworks uses the following oils in our soaps:

Coconut Oil - Coconut Oil is known for producing a hard, long-lasting soap that produces amazing bubbles! It used to be a relatively inexpensive oil to use, but in the last 20 years, we have watched it get more and more expensive. It really doesn't matter what it costs, it will always be a valuable ingredient and one of our favorites. 

Palm Oil - Many now know that Palm Oil and deforestation of locations where Palm Oil was "gathered" is causing many animals and plants to become extinct in our lifetimes, including the Orangutan. This is why soapmakers should use only sustainable sources of Palm Oil that are not destroying habitats and the earth. We use only companies producing sustainable Palm Oil with 100% commitments against deforestation. We use little Palm Oil, but when we do, we make the conscious commitment to support only sustainable Palm Oil. It makes a hard bar of soap with a good lather.

Olive Oil - Olive oil is another great oil for soap. It makes nice hard bars of soap, and also moisturizes the skin. Sometimes, we prefer to use Virgin Olive Oil, which is the first pressing of the olive. It contains lots of vitamins that are great for the skin and it is gentle. Sometimes we prefer the Pomace oil, which is a later pressing. Pomace offers many attributes that are better for soapmaking in some cases, but both are mild and gentle on the skin which is why they have been used for centuries by soapmakers.

Shea Butter - Shea's natural concentration of fatty acids and vitamins make it very beneficial to the skin. It is absorbed easily and quickly into the skin and is a known remedy for very dry skin. Shea Butter is wonderful in our soap - it makes it creamy and rich and it leaves the skin feeling dewy. We feel the key to using Shea Butter is to use large quantities of it. We don't just add a little dab to be able to call it an ingredient. We use loads in every recipe and you will feel it when you use our soap! Look for the soaps that contain Shea Butter if you want to experience that.

Castor Oil - One of the best humectants available, Castor Oil actually attracts moisture to the skin and seals it in. We love Castor Oil because it adds to the copious bubbles and lather of our soaps and makes them rich and beneficial to the skin. 

Mango Butter - Another rich butter, Mango Butter moisturizes the skin with a high concentration of vitamins and nutrients. it melts on contact with the skin and is easily absorbed. 

Grapeseed Oil - This oil is high in Linoleic Acid and makes the skin silky and smooth. it is pressed from grape seeds and is a thin, light oil. 

Rice Bran Oil - Rice Bran Oil is extracted from the hull of brown rice and is high in anti-oxidants. It makes a mild, gentle and creamy bar of soap. 

Avocado Oil - Avocado alone makes a soft soap with a less than desirable lather. It's mild and good for delicate skin though and makes a great soap when combined with oils that harden it. We use Avocado Oil for it's high anti-oxidant levels. 

Argan Oil - Argan Oil is a rare and exotic oil from Morocco. It has superb moisturizing properties and can heal even the driest skin. It is wonderful for Psoriasis. 

Babassu Oil - Babassu Oil is another exotic oil that we love. It is full of Lauric Acid which produces a wonderful lather. Babassu oil melts on contact with the skin which makes it a wonderful addition to our lotion bars. It leaves the skin silky and smooth. 

Bison Tallow - We use a local source in South Dakota for our Buffalo tallow. Our tallow is grass-fed and organic. We hand-render the fat ourselves and double strain it for purity. Tallow makes a hard bar of soap with a creamy lather and moisturizes the skin deeply. Only one or two of our soaps contain this oil.

Cocoa Butter - Cocoa Butter is rich in nutrients and can decrease scarring and aging in the skin. It melts on contact with the skin and leaves the skin smooth and moist. Cocoa Butter can reduce inflammation in the skin and reverse signs of aging. 

Jojoba Oil - This oil is antibacterial and excellent for acne-prone skin and it is anti-inflammatory, reducing swelling and irritation in skin. People with Psoriasis and other skin irritations can benefit from Jojoba Oil. 

Safflower Oil - Safflower Oil is known for combining with the sebum of skin and unclogging pores. It is a light, easy to use oil that can improve the texture and health of skin.

Hemp Seed Oil -   Hemp Seed Oil  is nourishing to skin with anti-aging properties, hemp oil is rich in Omega 3, 6 & Gamma-linolenic acid. It makes a very creamy lather and is excellent for mature skin.

Palm Kernel Oil - Palm Kernel Oil increases lather and hardness in soap. 

Manuka Oil - From New Zealand and Australia, this powerful antibacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal oil is 10-30 times as powerful as Tea Tree Oil! Manuka is pricey and we import it ourselves because we buy it in large quantities, but it is WELL worth the expense. This oil has been tested to kill bacteria as serious as MRSA and as simple as Athlete's Foot fungi. It is a powerhouse and so valuable to the skin!

Sal Butter - Sal Butter has been used for centuries in India to heal and moisturize dry and damaged skin. It is fabulous in our Lotion Bars for very dry heels, elbows and chapped skin. 

Lard - Unfortunately, lard has gotten a bad reputation from some people. Lard is a white, odorless, creamy fat that makes a stable, moisturizing and well-lathering soap. It does not clog pores and it actually seals moisture into the skin. We don't use lard a lot, but it's a great oil for soap and shouldn't be feared. 

Moringa Oil -  Using a soap filled with the power of Moringa can help treat any skin issues and help with your overall wellness. Moringa contains over 90 essential nutrients for skin, and has huge amounts of Vitamin A, B C and D, which can help boost your boost your immunity and balance your skin's color and clarity. It cleanses and detoxifies the skin. 

Neem Oil - Neem Oil is powerful. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal, insecticidal and a real powerhouse for any type of skin, but mostly irritated, or inflamed skin. Conditions like severe acne, Scabies, Psoriasis, Eczema, ringworm, and many other skin ailments can be helped with generous doses of cold-pressed Neem oil in soap. 

Sunflower Oil - Another light but powerful oil. Sunflower Oil is full of anti-oxidants and is chock full of Vitamin E as well as anti-inflammatory properties. 


As we mentioned, we serve people who have allergies and sensitivities to fragrances, but we also make a large selection of soap scented with essential oil and fragrance oil blends. When we use synthetic fragrances or blends, we use the finest oils we can buy. We buy only phthalate-free, paraben-free oils. We have never and will never use candle fragrances (which are sometimes used in soapmaking by others because they are more economical). Soaps that are fragranced with synthetic oils or essential oil blends are listed as simply "soaps". 


We do love to add additives to our soap to boost their performance, color and texture. Herbs used in our products come from various suppliers within the USA that are organically grown. We use natural colorants (like Mica powders).