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Karen's Kollectibles
at www. nebraskaantiques.com

13136 "S" Road
Shelby, Nebraska 68662
Karen Pandorf
Phone 402-366-9333

Little Blue River Soap Company Products


Available Soaps: Homemade in Nebraska     

Applejack and Spice

  • For the holidays, an irresistible blend of baked apple, oarange peel, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. It's finished off with a tiny touch of vanilla. Ingredients include: saponified palm kernal oil, locally sourced lard, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba, cinnamon, orange essential oil and apple fragrance. 4 oz

Apple Jack & Spice Soap





Gardeners Soap Gardener's Soap
  • Do you love the feel of fresh earth on your bare hands as you plant, weed and harvest? And do you have trouble later, scrubbing away the dirt and grime? Gardener's Soap enhanced with exfoliating oatmeal, healing tea tree oil, cleansing orange oil and moisturizing butters is the soap for you. Other ingredients include palm kernel oil, locally sourced lard, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil and sweet almond oil. 4 oz


Citrus Sunrise
  • The sky is painted in yellows and golds and the sun is rising.  It's the dawn of a new day!  Welcome it!  This golden yellow bar combines 4 citrus scent to make it unique and fun.
Citrus Twist Soap $5.00
Antique Lilac 
  • A favorite long ago, a favorite today. You'll think someone picked a bouquet especially for you.  Lilac colored and wrapped in lilac colored paper.Contains saponified lard, palm, palm kernel, coconut, casper, sweet almond, Vitamin E oils: jojoba, lilac fragrance and FDA approved colorant.
Antique Lilac Soap


Oatmeal, Milk & Honey
  • Facial & Bath.  Blended with utmost care, this is the perfect melding of fabulous scents.  Sweet and toasty, this soap could have been one of Cleopatra's favorites.  Contains saponified lard, coconut oil, distilled water, vitamin E oil, toasted oatmeal, goats milk and honey.
Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap $5.00
The Old Red Rooster   
  • This will wake you up in the morning!  Toasted oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and apple juice.  We did this for Father's Day and it was so popular we kept it in the line.   
Old Red Rooster Soap  
River Breeze
  • This facial and body soap has a scent as relaxing as a gentle stream of air that whispers of wildflower blossoms and prairie grasses. Ingredients include saponified locally sourced lard, coconut, palm, palm kernel, castor and almond oils, jojoba, and FDA approved colorants and fragrance. 4 oz
River Breeze Soap $5.00
Old Fashioned Lye Soap

Old Fashioned Lye SoapLittle Blue River Soap Company made their first batch of lye soap in 2000. Lye soap can be used for many purposes, and while we can't guarantee the outcome of using our family's soap for the following chores and problems, who knows, it may just work.

Ingredients include: lard, lye, coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, ammonia, sugar and borax. 4 oz |
  1. Spot remover
  2. Washing hair prior to coloring
  3. Catfish bait
  4. Washing dirty words out of little kid's mouths
  5. Retaining the color of gray hair (prevents yellowing)
  6. Mouse trap bait
  7. Chigger and tick repellent
  8. Mosquito repellent
  9. Removes weed-itch from hands after gardening
  10. A bar under the sink keeps the ants away
  11. Helps relieve psoriasis, eczema, dry skin and acne
  12. Sooths sunburns - just leave the lather on for a few minutes and feel the relief
  13. Help poison ivy by washing, rinsing and relathering then letting the soap dry on the affected area
Variety of 12 bars of soap our choice in a gift tub or basket.


Witches Brew Candle $7.99
Goat milk Lotion
  • Our creamy Facial and Body Goat milk Lotion is particularly kind to sensitive and dry skin.  Absorbs quickly and skin feels soft and comforted after using. Wonderful for people doing paperwork. Comes to you in a 4 oz. cobalt blue pump bottle in our signature scent, River Breeze. Ingredients:
    Distilled water; goat milk; sweet almond oil; emulsifying wax; stearic; apricot kernel oil; rice bran oil; jojoba; shea butter; aloe vera gel; glycerin and Liqui Par Optima



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Lotion Bar 2 oz.
  • Directions:  Rub on hands and body like a bar of soap; don't use water.  Next, rub into skin like any other hand and body lotion.  It's the perfect way to apply your hand and body lotion.  Our lotion bars are made from rich shea butter, jojoba and other great ingredients for dry skin. 
  • Antique Lilac

  • Citrus Twist

  • Cucumber Melon

  • Lavender

  • Naturally Unscented

  • Oak Milk Honey

  • Pearberry

  • River Breeze

  • Rosehip Jasmine

  • Vanilla Almond

  • Wild Plum




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Lotion Bar (in tin) 1 oz. $3.75
Lotion Pushup Tube $5.00
Swedish Spa Treatment (Instant Manicure)
  • A salt scrub.  Sea salt, shea butter, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba and other ingredients.  Rub on hands, elbows, feet or stand in the shower and rub all over.  Rinse off and you won't believe how soft your skin feels.


Feet Treat
  • Rub on your feet morning, noon, night, anytime.  Softens calluses, corns and rough dry areas.  Your feet will love you.  This is not only for feet-use where you need it the moist.





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5.50 - 2 oz.

$3.50 - 1/2 oz.



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A News Story by the York, Ne Times

STROMSBURG -- "The circle of life" is not an uncommon phrase but the stories that create those circles are as diverse as the people that keep them spinning in death and in life. This circle began with a mother, a daughter, some soap, a little love and a sprinkle of ingenuity.

Four years ago, Elaine Westring was rummaging through the memories generated after one has passed on. "I was going through mom's stuff and I found my luggage, so that was good, and a punch bowl and the grease can she had on the back of the stove when we used to butcher on the farm north of Monroe. She'd take the lard and taloe and make soap with it."

So Westring took that grease can, her mother's recipe for soap, and a friend named Ardis Wilhelms along for an adventure in cleanliness.

"Ardis asked me, 'Do you have a big black kettle?' and I said, 'My mom did not make soap in a big kettle.' So, we got out a yellow plastic dish pan and took it out in the yard and started stirring and stirring the lye mixture until it got really thick."

So thick, in fact, that Westring said she could barely stir it. "It started feeling gravely and I realized the mixture had eaten through the pan."

But to no avail, they skimmed off what hadn't been mixed with plastic chunks and came out with what Westring called "some beautiful soap."

Hence, the "Little Blue River Soap Company" was born.

"After that, Ardis hung a t-shirt that was completely shredded on the back porch and said, 'This is what your soap did to my laundry.' It really hadn't -- so that is what made it funny."

So, the female version of "Mr. Clean" began making her own soap.

"But, you can only hand so much soap around until people begin turning their heads when they see you," Westring noted. "So I asked myself 'What am I going to do with all this soap?'"

She answered that question with a marketing idea -- she would take advantage of the American dollar and sell it.

And advertising?

Word of mouth and even her own website -- complete with an extensive outline of the history of her soap and the product line.

"Enjoy a bit of yesteryear," the site begins, "When families first came to Nebraska to carve out a new life on the prairie they had limited space in their covered wagons. Tucked in with the barest of necessities, however, were a few favorite recipes and the family soap recipe was most likely included."

The site also goes on to explain the ingredients of an old fashioned bar of bubbles.

"Manufactured lye was available when Nebraska was homesteaded but settlers saved every penny they could, so many families used wood ashes to make their own lye. The strength of wood ash lye varied a great deal, so whenever possible, manufactured lye was purchased."

In addition to the website, Westring also joined "Grow Nebraska," an arts and crafts organization that looks at products and helps ensure quality.

Westring's operation is small for now. All her soap is made in a black kettle that can produce about 60 bars. "We are looking at a commercial soap maker that can produce 100 pounds. With the 10-pound one we have now, we can't keep up. It's great!"

And "homesteader's soap" is just one of many types Westring has experimented with. There's soap with jojoba and coconut oil. There's oatmeal and honey soap, too, and many other scents.

"I mix some and some are natural essence," she explained.

There's also "Tval" -- which is the Swedish word for soap. "My daughter is sixth generation Swedish and she stirred that one up. I'm German," Westring noted.

According to Westring, her soap can also treat ailments such as mosquito bites, rashes and even eczema.

But regardless of the smell, cure or recipe -- for Westring, making soap is just some good, clean, ol' fashioned fun.

Story by Kerry Heine, Staff Writer