Why do you craft/make? How did you learn?
I make Bath & Body luxuries that are great for pampering yourself with (and great for low-toxin households or those with allergies too) – cold process soaps, natural skin care, exfoliating scrubs, bath bombs, & shower steamers. I began my learning journey with my sister one day just dabbling with some glycerin soap base, a few Essential Oils, herbs and soap colorants.
From there, I was a hobbyist for a few years, making soaps for my friends and family. I also began formulating lotion bars, a wonderful dry lotion concept that naturally leaves skin richly moisturized without any preservatives. Next I discovered Bath Bombs, one of my passions, then over time learned all the ins & outs of true cold process soap making.
Lots of experimentation later, I released my cold process line and have continued to expand on it. I LOVE playing with recipes, tweaking the qualities in a finished soap bar, say, or adding certain ingredients for comfort, aromatherapy or skin softening to bath bombs.
I’m delighted to be able to offer a full range in soaps; from truly all-natural to designs with trendy or seasonal scents and more vivid colors. People really vary in their wants and needs in regards to personal care products too, so I love teaming up with my individual customers to create something just for them.
What is your favorite product or piece you’ve made lately?
It’s a toss-up between our Essential Oil Shower Steamers (who doesn’t love convenient Aromatherapy right in your shower?) and our all-natural Plant-based Face Serum, a product we’ve been working for a while and finally got JUST right for release. Both are actually perfect for when the weather gets colder and the air gets a little more dry and brisk, so we couldn’t be happier!!
What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration?
These past few months, I have been wrapped up in all things seasonal, spanning both cultural traditions and the sights and scents of each season. A lot of my energy has really been going there. Looking forward to a bit of a quiet winter and possibly a change of directions in the early Spring. I really love thematic lines, where a soap kind of tells its’ own story or is based on an event or story, that type of thing. I’ve also branched out into my first soap made especially for a particular cause and I’m loving that. Check out my website if you would like to learn more!
Are you bringing/selling anything special at the craft fair?
Definitely! I’m bringing a veritable lineup of delightful holiday-inspired scents such as Peppermint & Lavender, brisk Juniper Sage, rich Gingersnap Cookie, Peppermint, and a duplicate of Lush’s Yog Nog . . . come on out, smell them all and decide which is your personal favorite! I’m also super excited to be presenting both our aromatherapy Shower Steamers and our Plant-Based Face serum for the first time at this market. They have both been big hits so far and i’m excited for you all to get a chance to see them up close and personal!
The holidays put me in the mood to….
Take a nice hot bath with an Essential Oil bath bomb!
Favorite holiday movie?
Frosty the Snowman
All I want for Christmas is…?
Oh man. It’s hard having so many passions. I would like to get prepared to do a little traveling. New Ecobud water filter cartridges. More curing trays for soaps, ha! Some new seeds for the garden for when Spring comes around.
Skip The Massive Craft Fairs– Shop High Quality Handmade Gifts & Goods for the Holidays at Sierra 2 Center
Creative, thoughtful, hand-crafted gifts without breaking the bank, getting trampled by crowds, or filling the landfills with packaging waste.
Saturday, December 8th
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
on the South End of the Sierra 2 Center (Curtis Hall & Room 10)
Admission & Parking: free!