I grew up in the small town of Perth, NY. I was close to the earth, always outside, making mud pies when young, and when older, riding my bike everywhere I wanted to go.
I graduated college from SUNY Brockport with a degree in theater. I loved to design and build sets, but most of what I loved was to paint them. The brush in my hand, the mixing of colors, even the smell of the paint was something I was passionate about. When I graduated, I moved to Las Vegas and worked for a company that built some of the best scenery and rides around. I was taken away from painting by moving into a role that kept me behind a desk, in meetings, and watching the creative process from afar.
Life took me to Orlando, Florida, and once again I was near the creative process, but not a true part of it. Working for one of the major theme parks in town taught me about budgeting, planning, and lots about office politics. I wanted to be creative again; I needed to be creative again.
So I started taking floral design classes. It was back to being all about color. How the colors of flowers looked next to one another, how they looked in a particular vessel or vase, and what those colors conveyed to the recipient. Then there was another facet – fragrance.
These classes brought me to dozens of craft stores, where a hot item was the “melt and pour” soaps. I was intrigued and started making glycerin soaps for friends. I found many, many websites dedicated to the craft and these websites led me to newsgroups where people who shared this passion from all over the world met virtually to learn and discuss from one another. It was during this time that I started to learn about my own issues: that avoiding many preservatives and ingredients would make my skin look and feel so much better. I started to eat healthier and search for healthier options for my skin as well.
During this search for the most natural products, I was led to the art of cold processed soap making. I started out doing it as close to the “old way” as I could: rendering my own tallow and making soap from it. Quickly I had too much for my friends and family to use, so I started selling it at craft shows. It still amazes me to this day that anyone bought those early bars and encouraged me to make more. But they did, and things grew and grew.
Just a year or two later life once again took a turn and brought me to Pennsylvania. I started out near Lansdale, but quickly learned that my heart was in the Lehigh Valley. There are many aspects to the Lehigh Valley that remind me of where I grew up, but mostly it is the friendliness and loyalty of the people mixed with the beautiful countryside and an inherent spirit of entrepreneurship.
Since 2000 I have been making soaps in Pennsylvania. My business has grown into a full time endeavor. I spend about 50 days a year at craft fairs and farmer’s markets within a 60 mile radius of our home. Due to the Internet, people from all over are learning about me and ordering my products. We have renovated a large section of our home into a workshop dedicated to my business. We even carefully chose our home so that I would have the perfect place to work.
When you buy my products, you bring home a little piece of me. I make everything myself, from scratch, using my own recipes and formulations. I only make products that are free of preservatives, detergents, and dyes. All of my products are vegetarian, many are vegan, most are gluten-free as well.