Kumusta po (hello)!

Emlyn Roesler aka Soap Lady of Austin


My name is Emlyn, and I’m the soap lady behind Solid Soaps. The idea for soapmaking started in 2013 when I wanted to “make the presents” for Christmas (yes, that’s a Friends reference). I bought a melt-and-pour kit from the craft store, and I cut out fun shapes with cookie cutters. I made John a T-rex soap with a red heart. :)

That M&P soap I gifted in 2013 was made with all the love I put into my cold-process soaps now. Only now I actually use science (and maybe a little magic) to make my creations.

Solid Soaps came to fruition in April 2018. Since then, I’ve committed to this business wholeheartedly, with full intention of delivering to you luxurious bars of soap made with minimal waste, packaged with recycled materials, and conscious of the environment.

I create consciously-crafted soaps using the cold process method. I use phthalate-free fragrance and essential oils, natural colorants, and botanicals to make my soaps. I hand-measure all of my ingredients and design my soaps with simplicity in mind.

I dabble in bath soaks and body butters, too! My candles are a collaboration with JP, owner of Gojema Candles.

I made the decision to soap full-time in 2021, and my last day as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in general cardiology / congestive heart failure was April 29, 2021. As much as I loved my job and cardiac patients, I felt like I was ready to do something different. Circumstances at work made 2021 the perfect opportunity.

The idea behind the name, Solid Soaps, is from a doodle I made on June 15, 2008 while waiting for John to finish work! It’s of my right hand (because I’m left handed).

Artisan soap changes a mundane task into a luxurious ritual, making it the perfect, practical, and consumable gift. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your daily routine.

Bar soap is here to stay, people! Make it worthwhile.

Besos, Emlyn


Look, Ma! I'm on the news! Watch the clip of Solid Soaps and other Austin Flea vendors on Fox7 Good Day Austin, promoting the Pride Party, June 21, 2022.

Solid Soaps is a part of The Scout Guide Austin, Volume 9! View the April 2022-2023 guide here.

Read more of my story in VoyageAustin, July 2021, and Austin Business Woman, August 2021.

Solid Soaps in Tribeza Magazine, Nov 2021.