Meet Buff City Soap

Can we get on our soapbox for a minute? Most of the trusted brands you’re washing up with are made with detergents, chemicals, and tallow, which is just another name for cow fat (umm … gross). Sulfates, artificial detergents, and parabens can cause irritation, trigger allergies and have other unpleasant side effects. That doesn’t exactly say “refreshing shower” to us. So we set out on a mission to find an alternative.

Meet Your Makers

Enter Brad Kellum & Jen Ziemianin. Brad is part paramedic, part lawyer, and part soap-making guru. Jen is part nurse, part chemist, and part product developer genius. Combining their backgrounds in the medical field with a passion for skin-friendly ingredients (that you can actually pronounce), the Bartlett Soap Company emerged. 

“We wanted to brand ourselves as disruptors because people had been buying this product which is substandard for so long, we wanted to change the way they did it,” Brad Kellum
Starting out of their garage in Bartlett, TN, Jen and Brad started making soap to sell to friends, family, and anyone else willing to listen to their story. With a lot of hard work, a little luck, and a few big messes, the first brick and mortar store opened in 2013 in Bartlett. After rebranding to Buff City Soap in 2015, a second location in Olive Branch, MS opened and soon afterwards, stores all over the Mid-South and beyond opened.

Our Soap Makery

We handcraft each bar of Buff City soap in what we call our Soap Makeries. Each of our locations makes every product sold right there, where you can see exactly what goes into the products you put on your body. 

It’s a bit of a mad lab stocked with ingredients like gardenia petals, lemon zest, hemp seed oil, shea butter, charcoal, and tea tree oil. Even our body scrubs are squeaky clean with natural exfoliants like chopped loofah bits, crushed walnut shells and poppy seeds. What you will never see are artificial detergents, surfactants, dyes, or other harsh chemicals. We even have our fragrances manufactured for us to ensure they are free of phthalates, parabens, and formaldehyde containing/forming ingredients. You can customize your products with the scent (or non-scent) of your choice and the ingredients that you prefer. The possibilities are endless!

Join The Excitement

With as much fun as it is to make soap, we couldn’t keep it all to ourselves. Every Soap Makery offers co-creation opportunities for all ages and all occasions. Any day that you pop into the makery, we’ll be right there creating or customizing a soap, body butter, laundry soap, and so much more. Pick out your favorite scent and we’ll show you how we make the magic happen. We might need your help drizzling the final touch on some bath bombs, or tossing fragrance into a batch of laundry soap. Be sure to bring the kiddos along-- we always put on a good show to entertain them while you shop!

If you’re feeling up for a celebration, you can book a group bath bomb or soap making class, too. We’ve hosted all types of parties, from birthdays, corporate team building, sororities, and even bachelorette parties. Reach out to your local makery for more info on how to book your event. Everyone leaves with a little Buff City Soap product and an experience to treasure.

Find out for yourself why everyone is just a little nuts about Buff City soap and shop our online makery. There’s a little bit for everyone to love, and even the family dog can get in on the fun.

"I'd love to be able to offer people an alternative to the detergent-based, commercial soaps because what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it."