The Crafty Chook is a family owned soap making business located on New Zealands Wild West Coast. We are the home of the  "Wild Child Scrub Bars".
Our soap is originally designed, crafted and based around the naturally untamed, the unique and quirky, the diverse and resilient, the simple and raw, and the rustic rugged beauty of life on the Coast.
Our aim is to flaunt, boast and share with everyone how amazing the West Coast is...with an ounce of humor, a small pinch of political incorrectness and a great bar of soap.


I was introduced to Soap Making on a Summer School Holiday by my Grandma when I was around 11. Grandma was a woman who grew up on the land and created, fixed, collected, utilized and made do with anything and everything around her. The modern day labels used today like recycled, up cycled, re hashed, pre loved, homegrown, organic and local was something Grandma did everyday. How lucky was I to grow up in this world, where information was passed down, skills shared and people lived simply. As a result Soap Making was a regular event where we spent sunny days collecting herbs, flowers, preparing rendered down fat and grating down old soap bars. It was a fascinating process to use the "all day cooked glug" and spoon and press into old cans and tins, and watch the transformation into hard bars of wonderfully creamy soap.

I re discovered Soap Making in July 2016 after heading home and catching up once again with Grandma, who is now 97. Grandma still remembers the times we spent picking flowers and prattling away in the garden like a pair of Dickie Birds and my constant questions about everything. Reminiscing about the teenage years sent me through a tunnel of "good times" and a nagging thirst to again make soap...So I did!
Grandma at 83 with her cat Meowie




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