Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? I’ve been crafting my whole life and I had a brief flirtation with soap making for craft shows about ten years ago. When the economy hit me and I became unemployed I discovered that I suddenly had both time and motivation to re-energize my crafting and I began making soaps, candles and bath bombs and listing them on Etsy. My shop opened in 2010.
3. What products do you make and sell? I primarily sell soap, candles, bath bombs and solid lotion bars. I also toss in a few papercrafts like cards and gift tags and some of my photography and jewelry.
4. What are your business goals? My first goal is to make a product my customers love. I use the minimal number of ingredients and avoid chemicals everywhere possible to make skin-friendly, child-friendly, wallet-friendly products. On the financial side, this year my winter holiday season was successful enough that I can afford to go on one of my ‘bucket list’ photography trips this summer. If I can do that each year, I’ll be thrilled.
5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden? Of course I go through a ton of fragrance oils in my business. Pomegranate and Peach are huge favorites with my customers. I also use the Dill Pickle for something a little off the beaten path. And of course there’s always the good old stand-bys like vanilla, lavender and coffee. I use the 415 Soy Wax in my candles as well as in my vegan-option lip balms and solid lotion bars (it replaces the beeswax).