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It all started with a joke about real estate.


A property management's bit of pretentious signage, lovingly re-purposed, now graces the headquarters of Hip Modern Soap, welcoming all who enter and informing them that, just by being in the room, they are hip and modern by association.


What once began as a part-time kitchen endeavor for Carrie Robertson and John Elliff has now garnered enough of a following to merit a full-blown studio, a melt-your-face-off stereo, multiple work stations, a state-of-the-art sanitation facility (dishwasher), and, for some reason, a table saw.  Progress!


A great deal of mischief transpires within these walls. If you've had the pleasure of a Hip Modern Hangout, you've probably been a party to Hip Modern Meals. You've likely been entertained (or annoyed) by a Hip Modern DJ. Perhaps you've enjoyed some amateur barbering, resulting in your Hip Modern Haircut. Cocktail crafting, small-batch beer brewing, the odd sandwich, impromptu dance parties, minor carpentry, heavy metal therapy sessions, elaborate Sunday dinners that you wish you'd been invited to...The Hip Modern Home wears many and varied Hip Modern Hats. One might also observe that it also produces soap.


Blending the DIY ethos with a strong desire to bathe regularly, the two decided one day that "Hey...I bet we could do that." The trial and error phase was then underway. Drawing heavily on Carrie's childhood memories of Grandma Bina sweating over a legit cauldron of pig fat and lye, the two decided that "Hey...I bet we could do WAY better than that." So far, I think everyone would agree they have succeeded.


They're constantly trying something new, looking for fun things to experiment with, and basically just fooling around with the concept of "Will this get me clean?". Check out the inventory and see what sounds good. Got a request? They're always looking for new ideas; they can probably put something together that's to your liking. In the meantime, buy a bar and scrub up. The other passengers on the bus will thank you.


soap [sohp]



1. a substance used for washing and cleansing purposes, usually made by treating a fat with an alkali, as sodium or potassium hydroxide, and consisting chiefly of the sodium or potassium salts of the acids contained in the fat. (via


NOT MENTIONED (strangely): Smells nice! Looks cool! You can put it on your butt!


Well, you don't have to, but with scents like ours, who wouldn't?


We make some dope soap, and it's the real deal. A variety of moisturizing oils, a little lye, some funky colors and mouth-watering scents (do not eat this soap...shouldn't have to tell you that, but there it is) all whipped up from scratch will have you washing like a fool and smelling like a million bucks, and squeaky clean to boot.


- (editor's note: if you actually know what a million bucks smells like...we should hang out. No, really. Just lunch or something.)


Our product is vegan, sustainable, cruelty-free, God-fearin', child-rearin', pants-droppin', eye-poppin', out-of-rhymes Steel City goodness. Go on, treat yourself.



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