Bird Project Soap

created by

Tippy Tippens


created by

Tippy Tippens

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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]

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.

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
ceramic, aloe vera, olive oil, cane sugar, charcoal, water
Soap: 4.25" L x 2" W x 2.75" H; Ceramic: 2.5" L x 1" W x 1.5" H
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.
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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Please note, this item is discontinued. When it sells out, it will no longer be available. Each black, bird shaped soap contains a white, ceramic bird, handmade from Louisiana Clay, which remains as a keepsake once the outer soap has washed away. The soap comes in an attractive, recycled cardboard box with information regarding the cause, perfect for gifting!