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bird project soap

by Tippy Tippens
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  • the story

Come Clean

The hothouse environment of the Louisiana bayous is rich with life, growing and moving and rooted deeply. But even such an ancient sanctuary as the bayou can be threatened--as in 2010, when an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico sent toxins and pollutants out into the area waterways.

This unique, artisanal soap represents that regions ongoing healing process. It's crafted by Emily Manger Davis, a third-generation soap maker in New Orleans. A glycerin soap with a light cypress scent and ingredients such as fair trade olive oil and aloe, it derives its unusual color from activated charcoal, a natural purifying agent. But as that oil slick darkness is slowly washed away with use, within is revealed a white ceramic bird, crafted by Tippy Tippens from real Louisiana clay and symbolizing the hope of rebirth. Handmade in New Orleans.

Matter3LC donates 50% of profits to environmental cleanup and care for affected animals of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster. [Gulf Restoration Network & IBRRC]

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
21769
Made from
ceramic, aloe vera, olive oil, cane sugar, charcoal, water
Measurements
Soap: 4.25" L x 2" W x 2.75" H; Ceramic: 2.5" L x 1" W x 1.5" H
Notes
To prolong the life of the handmade soap, please keep in a soap dish and allow to dry between uses. Store in a cool and dry place until ready for use.
  • the maker

Tippy Tippens

Tippy Tippens is the Founder and Director of Matter L3C and the BirdProject. She is a social entrepreneur, designer, and artist who is passionate about helping to build sustainable growth, making the objects that we live with us work for us instead of against us and ultimately wishing to contribute to greater happiness. Her professional experiences have included: designing faucets for Kohler, freelancing for lighting, furniture, graphic, architectural, and wayfinding firms as well as designing and making home furnishings for over ten years. She has also guest lectured, participated in exhibitions, competitions, and collaborations in design, public projects, and photography. She earned her masters degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute and her B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. In September of 2010, she moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans after the BP Oil Spill in order to create BirdProject. She is a 2011 Fellow in Propeller's New Ventures Accelerator program where she received help in the startup of MATTER L3C, Design for Social Change. Matter was founded upon developing BirdProject and finding the need for poetic, socially inspired products which are sustainably made and regionally sourced. Matter is one of the first eight L3C’s in the state of Louisiana. This new business structure is designed to be a hybrid between an LLC and 501-3C whose basis in business is for social good.

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BIRD PROJECT SOAP
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (9)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Durable (8)
  • Good value (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gifts (9)
  • Guest bathroom (8)
  • Master bathroom (7)
  • Small bathroom (7)
  • Large bathroom (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8), Yes (3)

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3.0

Too much packaging

By 

from austin tx

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful Simple Design

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about BIRD PROJECT SOAP:

      Sent to three different friends and all commented on the extensive amount of packaging. Had I known I would not have paid for gift wrapping

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
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      • Other
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      4.0

      Great cause beautiful product!

      By 

      from Richmond va

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Pros

      • Beautiful design
      • Gentle soap
      • Pleasant scent

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts
        • Guest Bathroom

        Comments about BIRD PROJECT SOAP:

        It looks so appealing, supports a great cause, I get so many comments on it, and there's a little prize at the end!I have given few as gifts and they have been well received!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        We loved our birdie!

        By 

        from New Orleans, LA

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Childrens Bathroom
          • Gifts
          • Guest Bathroom
          • Large Bathroom
          • Master Bathroom
          • Small Bathroom

          Comments about BIRD PROJECT SOAP:

          I bought the Bird Project Soap because of its marriage of beauty and mission. I wanted to share the oil spill message with my young daughter. The black soap that reveals a porcelain keepsake is a great metaphor about trying to clean up the gulf after the oil spill. I loved the white keepsake as it was, but my daughter wanted to "improve" on it by adding her own mix of colors. The bird has since disappeared into our art room to be decorated.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Beautifully designed

          By 

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gifts

            Comments about BIRD PROJECT SOAP:

            You'll love the soap and the sculpture!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Win Win! Cute product with a great cause

            By 

            from Central Virginia

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Childrens Bathroom
              • Gifts
              • Guest Bathroom
              • Large Bathroom
              • Master Bathroom
              • Small Bathroom

              Comments about BIRD PROJECT SOAP:

              I love this bird soap! Keep your hands fresh and piney clean, make handwashing fun for the child (the challenge to get to the little white bird), and help protect the environment affected by the Gulf oil spill, plus it is a-dorable. This is a purchase I can feel good about.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Our favorite soap!

              By 

              from Austin, TX

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gifts
                • Guest Bathroom
                • Master Bathroom
                • Small Bathroom

                Comments about BIRD PROJECT SOAP:

                This is our favorite soap! We keep one in each bathroom and are going to add one to the kitchen as well. Aside from the attractive design, this soap smells soooo good and works better than any "store bought" soap we have ever tried. At our last big crawfish boil, all of our guests were waiting in line to get into the bathrooms to cleanse their hands of that "crawfish smell" because this was the only soap in the house that would do the trick - and everyone wanted to know where to get their own bird soap since it worked so well! Who knew that a little bird soap would be the talk of our party?!

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                • No

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                5.0

                This soap is wonderful!

                By 

                from Richmond, Va

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • For a great cause
                • Lasts a long time
                • Makes a great gift
                • Smells wonderful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gifts
                  • Guest Bathroom
                  • Large Bathroom
                  • Master Bathroom
                  • Small Bathroom

                  Comments about BIRD PROJECT SOAP:

                  These bird soaps make me happy. They feel and smell delightful. They are lovely and help the environment.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Best smelling soap ever!

                  By 

                  from Ashland, Va

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great cause
                  • Great smelling

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Childrens Bathroom
                    • Gifts
                    • Guest Bathroom
                    • Large Bathroom
                    • Master Bathroom
                    • Small Bathroom

                    Comments about BIRD PROJECT SOAP:

                    This is absolutely the best smelling soap ever. My kids loved using it, each hoping they would be the first to see the porcelain bird emerge. I loved it because of its awesome and comforting smell. All this and it goes to a great cause.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Smells delicious!

                    By 

                    from New Orleans, LA

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Beautiful gives back
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Childrens Bathroom
                      • Display
                      • Gifts
                      • Guest Bathroom
                      • Large Bathroom
                      • Master Bathroom
                      • Small Bathroom

                      Comments about BIRD PROJECT SOAP:

                      This soap is wonderful, it's really moisturizing and the activated black charcoal is great for my skin. I love the beautiful shape & that it helps with the oil spill and wetland restoration. It is my favorite gift to give to my friends & family!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Love the product, love the concept.

                      By 

                      from Atlanta, Ga

                      About Me Midrange Shopper

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about BIRD PROJECT SOAP:

                          Love the soap and love the little bird gift inside. I have 2 now, and will order more.

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                          • No

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