I began making soap for myself in 2008 and I started with soap for the laundry. Frankly, I was just fed up with paying (what I felt was) an arm and a leg for something like laundry detergent. I had a kindergartner and a baby so, lots of laundry. Soap is one of those things that has been around since ancient times and I just thought, “why can’t I make this myself.” I spent months researching before I my first soap making attempt. There are a lot of moving parts to pulling together a batch of soap. You have to be very careful during the process. As you might imagine, the melt and pour soaps aren’t as complicated, but it’s harder than it looks. But once I got started I was using it as a creative outlet. And I couldn’t stop.
Heather: I had been making my soaps as a hobby and I started to get requests from friends to buy my soap. I wanted to make sure that I had a business license and other basic small business infrastructure in place so that I could take advantage of any opportunities for growth and to get the accounting right from the beginning. I’m really glad I did that.
Heather: Not really. Until I moved to the island, I had spent the last twenty or so years supporting small businesses and corporate executives whether it be accounting or administration. So I absolutely feel comfortable with running the business side of things. I find it much easier actually than the output end. So I’m learning a lot at this stage about production and marketing.
When I first started Sandbar Soaps I had decided that I would be “tinkering” until my youngest is in kindergarten. That didn’t stick, so I do my “nuts & bolts” soap making in the mornings when she’s at pre-school. My husband is always super supportive of whatever I’m working on. He loves to use my soap, so I’m always happy to hear about what he likes. He’s also a good sport when I need someone to do heavy lifting.
You ask hard questions. I think my favorite word is “coffee.” But it has to be said like this: “coffee?” Because that’s an invitation to sit, talk and hang out. It’s not the coffee itself. I “love“ to hang out.I’m the happiest when I am at the beach with my husband & two girls. Especially here because you can have a whole beach to yourself. I’ve attached a picture that is the moment I realized that beach time is important to me.
Gladly! While we’re in the throes of the season of love and chocolate I am pleased to offer a Raspberry Chiffon Heart Duo. The raspberry fragrance makes my mouth water. I made them being in the mindset that I wanted to have a fun and creative day, and not just a “work” day. They have pretty marble-like swirls and textured layers. The ingredients in this bar are vegetable based (vegan friendly) and enriched with Shea Butter (5%.)Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin (kosher), Shea Butter (refined naturally crushed), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitol , Sorbitan oleate, Soy bean protein, Fragrance Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Red Oxide.