Pacific NW Cottonwood Bud soap

by Ritual Mischief


Do you know cottonwood buds? Their sticky, resin-y, enticing and delicious magic? Everybody should. They’re amazing! We gather them off of fallen native black cottonwood branches after winter and early spring windstorms here on Whidbey, on our friends’ farm in Arlington, and up along the Skagit river. We infuse them in organic olive oil for at least four months and up to year or more. They smell lovely. We usually save this infused oil for lotion and balms and salves and body oils, but we make a small batch of soap for locals who love the scent (people who love it REALLY love it). These soaps are a rare treat for those of us in love with cottonwood buds. 

Storage and life of the bar: To extend the life of the bar, store it where it can dry quickly after use and where it doesn't get regular water spray. Setting it on a folded washcloth or beautiful soap rest is a great idea.

Size: The bars are roughly 4 ounces. They're made by hand in small batches and hand cut by cool women, not machines. This means most 4-ounce bars are 4 ounces but they can range from 3.9 to 4.5 ounces. We're not machines, people, nor do we want to be. :-) We keep anything smaller than that for ourselves and our families, to give as gifts at our makers markets and to neighbors in need and to those amazing humans who help make homes for the unhomed on Whidbey, and to give away as surprises and free samples for people who buy our products. 

Ingredients: Windfall cottonwood buds (from Whidbey, Arlington, & Skagit river banks) infused into organic extra virgin olive oil, plus organic coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, yellow clay, few drops of balsam poplar infused oil from Whidbey Herbal.

Packaging: See the Packaging page for details. If you would prefer no packaging at all, just put that in the Comments field when you order, and you'll receive them bare naked! 

Shipping & Pick Up

We ship via U.S. Postal Service. Viva la public services! Whidbey Island friends & friends visiting Whidbey, save on shipping by picking up orders at Ritual Mischief on the west edge of Langley. Choose the Pick up delivery method at checkout if you intend to pick up your order, and we'll email or text you when it's ready and then arrange a convenient pick up time for you.


If you order a product that doesn't work you, we will refund your money for up to 15 days after you received it. Proof of purchase required.

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