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April 04, 2017

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An Introduction to Pop Cauldron, for if you're new here...

Welcome to Pop Cauldron! We started this company with the goal of creating fun, colorful soaps themed around different aspects of popular culture (movies, music, comics, superheroes...). Many novelty items you'll find are made with cheap materials, so we set out to produce a quality product that's not only safe and lovely on your skin, but makes you smile every time you use it in the shower.

On the home page, you can scroll down to view all of our available soaps, or use the search bar in the top right corner to search for a particular soap you’re looking for.

We crafted our base formula to include organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, castor oil and a touch of hemp oil. We also use organic Aloe vera juice and organic raw cane sugar in the process for a smooth lather, with lots of big bubbles, that won't dry your skin in the least. With everything included, that adds up to a minimum of 83% organic ingredients in all of our soaps. From there we tweak the recipe to include special ingredients. ALL TRUMPED UP is made with avocado oil and has organic cilantro in the green swirls, and LOVELY DAY is an activated charcoal bar.

We also have a length list of ingredients we do NOT use, for good reason. Our products are always free of animal products, sodium laurel sulfate and derivatives, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, EDTA, DEA, and palm oil.

Why? We believe these ingredients do not belong in your skincare products. SLS + derivatives, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, EDTA, DEA, are all synthetic chemicals that have in one study or another been linked to cancer.

Animal products almost go without saying. Though soap making traces its roots to the (likely) accidental spilling of animal fats on to ashes around a fire, and eventually rendered animals fats combined with pot ash, the use of animal products is no longer necessary or advantageous. All of our soaps are vegan. We previously carried one goat’s milk soap, but as our beliefs evolved, we eliminated the use of goat’s milk and transitioned to 100% vegan ingredients.

The unsustainable production of palm oil in Southeast Asia is resulting in deforestation and environmental degradation. Orangutans, our great ape relatives, are at risk of extinction as a result, in addition to all the other species in this region that are losing their habitats and their lives. Learn more at: https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/which-everyday-products-contain-palm-oil

Propylene glycol is a popular additive in a wide variety of products, and known to be a skin irritant, and possibly an immune system disruptor. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, and is a highly inflammatory food that many people are sensitive to on one level or another. It doesn't really have an added benefit to skincare, so we think it is best left out.

We have been featured in a number of online publications & magazines, including Gear Hungry, Gear Patrol, Cool Material, Headlines & Heroes, and The Coolector.

Eventually, we want to expand to other products, so stay tuned for that.

Our official website is: https://www.popcauldron.com/ We think it looks really great, but go have a look for yourself, read reviews, our press page, or our blog.

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @popcauldron for sales, photos, contests, and new releases!

If you have any questions or want to inquire about wholesale or custom orders, feel free to message me personally. My name is Natalie. I am the owner and soapmaker here at Pop Cauldron.

Peace & Love

November 07, 2016

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The Curse of the Unicorn

A dear friend of ours by the name of Daniel recently visited his homeland upon learning of his father's passing. It's a long journey to the high hills of the Cloudforest in Neighfarrowland. Only natives know where it is, and even then, navigating the terrain can be tricky.

The night of the funeral, Daniel... Danny, took a walk behind the family cottage up to the mountain lake, where they'd caught many a fish, in better times. Upon his descent, he came across an extremely rare two-and-a-half-toed albino Persian sloth. He thought, "Well, isn't that neat," and reached for his camera to take a selfie with the creature.

Just then, a unicorn came galloping down the trail and impaled Danny directly on the end of its horn. As it waved him around like a marshmallow on a flame, somehow Danny was able to reach his trusty knife and slay the mythical beast. It collapsed, taking Danny with it. He removed himself from the horn and stood, mouth agape, reporting live from the scene of a preposterous yet justifiable homicide. 

"What have I done?" he screamed, while adrenaline transported his foggy mind through a kaleidoscope tunnel of time to a very clear memory from his childhood...

...upon journeying to town one dark November day with his father, they encountered a bridge hag at the entrance to Chester Frost. She stood in their path, hunched, leaning into her cane with one hand and scratching at warts the size of raisins with the other, mumbling on about rabbit stew and anarchist feminism.

"Move aside, hag" his father said. The old woman grew angry and raised her cane. She looked to the sky and launched into a ranty verse:

"Evil-doers beware, for the time will come for you,

To move aside thy body and let thy spirit through.

The chosen path is etched in stone, accusers have been warned." She took a deep breath and aimed her gaze directly at young Daniel. "One day you'll fall upon the knife that slayed the unicorn." The witch broke into raucous laughter and Danny's father grabbed his hand and swiftly moved around her.

"What does she speak of, Papa?" he asked as they walked.

"The Curse of the Unicorn, a tale from my grandfather's time. He who slays a unicorn shall be ruined; happiness thwarted, health diminished, heartbeat... eventually silenced. But that old hag, cursing you with this fate...It was the hashish speaking. She's nothing more than a lost soul. Unicorns have been long gone from this land, hunted to extinction by bandits and gypsies. Their blood was the most magical substance known, curing any ailment." He patted his boy's head. "Worry not, my son. Yea, we have our troubles, but a witch ain't one."

As the dream faded away, the sound of her cackle still echoed in Danny's head. He stood trembling, gasping for air. The knife fell from his bloody fingers into the cold dirt with a thud. The gash in his side oozed at a steady pace. Incredibly, he had the wherewithal to empty the mason jar in his pack and fill it with as much of the unicorn blood as possible. He limped home.

Wracked with guilt and inconsolable over the certainty of a damned life ahead of him, he decided to take his own life with that same knife. It only seemed right. Before doing so, he packed the ill-gotten goods on dry ice and express-mailed the jar and a note to our facilities, instructing us to utilize the powers of the unicorn's blood to make the world a better place. So we did. 

We honor our fallen brother and that magical equine derivative with this bar of soap - a fusion of many fruits, exploding like a fruit punch to the face.

RIP Danny & White Beauty.