I was born at Charity Hospital in the aftermath of the great flood of ’78 and was brought home in a canoe on the still-flooded streets of New Orleans. My first sentence was “Throw me sumpthin’, Mista!” and by the age of five I had so mastered the skill of pinchin’ da tails and suckin’ da heads that my parents proclaimed me Crawfish Queen of the Universe, a title I hold to this day. Amidst holidays, festivals and costume changes I managed to obtain a decent education and despite all that learning, I am determined to make soap the hard way. Hi, I’m Emily and thanks for stopping by.


Sweet Olive Soap Works was created out of my intense desire to promote the healthier aspects of the region and culture that I love. My Grandma Anna Mae had been a soapmaker, owned her own business and dedicated countless summer afternoons to sharing her skills with me. I had a feeling that I could do it too. I had spent nearly two decades experimenting with her recipes and invented many more of my own along the way. I became convinced that continuing the family tradition was my calling and in the fall of 2007 the Soap Works was born.

Home-Grown, Handcrafted Soaps

Applying the basic techniques that Grandma passed down, I continue to handcraft each batch of cold process soap from scratch using gourmet recipes that have been formulated to naturally nourish and moisturize your skin. Whenever possible, ingredients are locally sourced and I am proud to work in partnership with environmentally responsible businesses and individuals throughout the state of Louisiana to bring you a truly home-grown bath & body experience. When you purchase products from Sweet Olive Soap Works, you know that you are supporting people and resources that help make our region great.

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