Tell us about your business.I started making soaps when our daughter devolved rough and itchy patches of skin. Her doctor said to find handmade soap and like any fan of the Queen of crafts I decided to make it myself. It took me a year, tons of money, and a total of 100 bars of junk soap to create my recipe from the ground up. I am proud to say that my recipe is truly from my heart and soul and was made with every inch of creativity, science, and math I could conjure up. When making a new soap I first start with the scent. I like to smell it and immediately see what imagery pops into my mind. I then come up with a name, usually something personal from my life or things that I enjoy. I then use paper and colored pencil to draw out my vision. I only soap while listening to fun hits from the 80s, especially my favorite Hall and Oates. I hope my business evolves into something that I can share with my children and something that can afford us to one day have our own home.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.Right now my work space is my kitchen. Through clever organization and clear labeling I have managed to balance out soaping and family life in the kitchen. One day I dream of a soap space, but for now I enjoy the challenge of making this work. Containers and labels are my weapon of choice when battling this challenge.
What inspires you?Music, God, colors, abstract ideas, themes that incorporate subject matter that excites me, and life around me inspires me. I can hear a song and if it makes my heart giggle I can take that energy and make a soap to exude the same happiness. Smells and scents can transport our hearts and minds, I enjoy attempting this soapy heart time traveling.
What makes your business stand out?My soaps are made with; olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, soybean oil, sustainable palm oil, shea butter, mango butter, beef tallow, lye, aloe vera, kanolin clay, cruelty free silk, oatmeal, and coconut milk. My soaps are uniquely designed with fun and personal inspirations. The scents, recipe, colors, general look, and name are the manifestation of my creative soul. I'm not a savvy business woman, I'm a mother of three young kids who has a bubbly dream. Soggy Badger is a unique company in a sea of same olds.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Go for it. Unfulfilled creative dreams are tumors to the soul.
What does American Made mean to you?American made to me is transparency in our products and a celebration of the American creative spirit. When you buy from someone who makes their products and is local you have the ability to explore the process of it's making. I find that people enjoy learning how you can take olive oil and turn it into something to wash yourself. I also take pride in making something that sparks creativity in others. We are a creative nation, but that vanished for awhile. More American made crafts and creative products seem to bring back that spark in others to create.
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