Farmstead Bath & Body Interview
1. My name is Lisa Nakonechny, and I haven’t incorporated, but I call my business “Farmstead Bath & Body“.
2. We live and work on a farm. Its always been my desire to create a cottage industry that allows me to follow my natural interests and talents while working from our farm. Soap fits!! Not only that, but soap really fits because I can also incorporate another interest of mine, and that is sharing my love of agriculture with others. Each of my bars of soap will tell an artistic story of what life is like on a farm in our part of the world here in northern Alberta, Canada. Farming is a wonderful way life, although fraught with challenges. It will be a lot of fun tying in something fun, artistic, and most of all practical, like soap, with something equally fun, practical and even artistic like farming.
I haven’t been in business long – just a week so far!! It has taken me over a year to decide if I wanted to turn my hobby into a business. I needed to be sure I had the support of my farmer husband, because farming takes so much time, and so will soap making. I’m sure combining my two passions will be both rewarding and challenging.
3. I am a big believer that something worth doing is worth doing well, so my product offering is small to begin with. I have 10 varieties of cold process soaps. Most of them use (your) fragrance oils, although I recognize that not everyone can or wants to use synthetic fragrances, so I also have a couple of varieties that either do not have any added essential or fragrance oils, or they use only essential oils. My most favourite soap in this category is called “60 Grit Peppermint” – a super-duper-waker-upper-in-the-shower kind of bar! It uses peppermint essential oil and d-limonene as well as cornmeal to super-stimulate your bod in the morning! Besides cold process soap, I also make a hand lotion I call “Mmmm Honey!” that I like because it sticks around after you wash your hands. It does have a slightly greasier quality to it, but that is what makes it stick around and moisturize so well. My body lotion is not greasy at all and is nameless so far. I also make a wonderful, light and dreamy “Rose Body Souffle” which is a whipped body butter with ingredients added to reduce greasiness. Also, a (nameless) sugar scrub with natural cocoa butter, brown sugar, and coffee beans is a feminine form of “Fast Orange” that my farmer likes. Last, but not least, a “Lip Saver and Smoother” lip balm that sometimes shows up with some mica for a feminine tint for the whole-wheat hotties out there.
4. Other than our family farm, I am new to business. My soaping business goal is simple: I want to serve you, my customer, with a high quality, genuine hand made bath and body product. Because you love the products, you share my business with your circle of influence, and the cycle continues. I am able to work from home, and support our traditional farming family of five beyond the basics.
5. Because I live in Canada, importing from the US costs a lot. I buy the items that make the most sense economically. So far, that is 8 oz and 16 oz bottles of your fragrance oils. I love that you offer a $1.00 discount on each bottle when you purchase at least 5. The flat rate boxes through the USPS are especially nice, as there are no brokerage or customs fees that way. Because of this, I buy 98% of my fragrance oils from you alone. (I was looking for a “dirt” fragrance oil, and had to go to a competitor ;( ). I love how your website gives SO MUCH information including reviews that endeavours to help us make decisions without the benefits of sniffing. I also love the document you made that lists all the fragrances and how they perform in cold process soaps. You have gone above and beyond to serve your customer, and you have a customer for life in me! My favourite fragrance oils are: Oatmeal, Milk & Honey, Cannabis Rose, Peony, and OMG Olive as they are my best sellers so far. I use them mainly in cold process soaps, although I have used them in lotions as well. I find your fragrances perform just as expected, and stay potent in the bottle longer than a year. I can’t praise you enough for how you have treated me as a customer – both with tremendous products, and with stellar customer service!
Because I am 40++, keeping up with social media is challenging! But I do have a Facebook and Twitter account. Please visit my Facebook page and “Like” it, so we can strike up a conversation, and I don’t feel like I am talking to myself! Also, my webpage is barely a week old! Getting good product photos is interesting, and it is a work in progress. Check back often as it continues to be created.
Picture: I am usually the one behind the camera in our family…but I found a picture of me on my favourite Belgium, Blaze. I designed a soap that was inspired by these beautiful animals called “Belgium Hayride”. It uses your Cafe Caramel fragrance oil. I’ve included a picture of it too. It hasn’t cured fully yet.