I suffer from a bit of an obsessive personality, plus I like to make stuff. So I guess I obsessively make stuff. My husband LOVES to remind me how I used to make Chinese food for dinner. All the time, practically every night. It’s just that I like to figure stuff out, and the way I figure is by DOING. Making Soap is no different. I have spent the last ten years learning the ins and outs of soap making. I am still learning. Maybe that is what makes the process so attractive to me. Each batch is slightly different, chemistry and art coming together to produce a beautiful, handcrafted product. Okay that description might be a bit poetic even for me, basically I keep making soap trying to better the process and the product. Like trying to increase your golf score. (Please note that I can’t golf at all. Play the whole game with a number three wood. That’s a club with some substance).
So how much handcrafted product can one realistically store in one’s home? When it became difficult to find a place to sit down in my office (the laundry room), I suspected we might have storage problems. Considering it was also difficult to sit at the kitchen table and dining room table, the issues became more critical, like people are coming over for dinner, where will they sit? Was a business born? Not quite. I have no business back ground. I majored in biology and chemistry. Not sales and marketing. I can’t even spell business without needing an autocorrect. But I love making soap so I guess a business was born when no one at my house could sit down.
Soap needs to “cure” for six weeks after you cut it before it is safe to use. There was soap all over our house and I needed to sell it. I had a fairly regular amount of sales from local friends but I needed to think bigger. Necessity might be the mother of invention but I try not to invent the wheel if someone else has already done it. So I opened an Etsy shop online. The first day was very nerve wracking trying to figure everything out but I gradually got the hang of it and learn more every day. Check out my shop by following this link (actually you may have to copy and paste it into your browser as I figure out the technicalities of this blog!):
We sell lotion bars (hard to describe but amazing!) and body yum (like body butter-think ‘thick lotion’). We can also make custom orders for wedding favors etc. with 6-8 weeks notice.
The best part about buying soap from a local soaper??? There are too many things to list! You can pronounce all of the ingredients! It’s not made in China! It’s good for your skin! (High quality oils and all natural ingredients make all the difference in soap). Not only are you supporting a small farm and a small business but you are also supporting an artisan craft.
Great Soap Comes from Happy Goats!