Hi. My name is Holly. I’ve been hand crafting soap and shampoo bars with a friend for about three years now. In December of 2013, I decided to make this hobby into a small business— but before I could actually create a business, I needed to make sure I could craft quality (read: sell-able) products consistently. Turns out that’s hard to do. …and that’s where this Blog comes in. I’ve attempted to make four different body products in January alone and half of them have been near failures or products that I just don’t like (dammit!). I’ve decided to chronicle the good, the bad, and the ugly on here mainly because I need a way to keep track of what I do right and what I do that causes kitchen explosions. Also, I figure readers can learn from my mistakes, get inspired from the products that actually make it, and giggle at my misfortunes. Enjoy!
It all started when I lived in Idaho and began using shampoo bars from a local soap maker. I was unsatisfied with store-bought shampoos and my husband was getting ready to spend 3 months at the geographic center of Greenland. He was limited in space and needed compact toiletries that would last him the whole time. We decided shampoo bars would be good to try. Fast forward four years later and shampoo bars are the only kind of shampoo we use!
Around the same time that I began using shampoo bars, a friend of mine mentioned that she was interested in making cold process soap for fun. On weekends, we would goggle up and create caustic concoctions (I love alliteration) in her kitchen and we got sort of good at it. I’ll be honest and say that she was the main soaper and I was just the assistant most of the time. She even found a shampoo bar recipe that we still use to this day. In case you were wondering, the shampoo recipe is simply a cold process soap recipe with a lot of castor oil in it. Some people have a hard time coping with this. Anyways, moving on..
In August of 2013, my husband and I moved to Colorado because he graduated and got a big person job. And there I was, taking online classes in a new state, gearing up for a medical program, and needing to make more shampoo bars because we were running low. Since I like to make bigger soap batches, I always have extra bars lying around. What better to do with the extra bars than to sell them? I thought. Well, making the soap by yourself is a lot harder when you don’t have your friend’s second set of hands to help. Nevertheless, here I am, attempting to make soap by myself and not burn down my kitchen. Does renter’s insurance cover that? Alas, now I can begin telling you all about my creations.
Thanks for reading,