My husband had always wanted to make soap. Before we knew what the cold process soap method was, we tried a melt & pour base. He bought the base at a local craft store and we collected various ingredients to add to our soap. We used beeswax, powdered milk, honey, and some essential oils we liked. The whole process was fascinating, especially when we got to use our first bars of soap! We felt quite accomplished. However, my husband did not like all the ingredients listed on the base. There were detergents and additives he felt were unnecessary and thought we could make a far superior product.
And so we set out to make our perfect bar of soap. I went to the library and check out all the books I could on soap. We read online blogs, articles, forums and watched anything else we could. For months, all we did was study and talk about soap. We didn't make our first batch for a several months after the melt and pour base experience. We just weren't sure about if we were ready for such a venture. At the same time, we knew that we were also looking for something we could be self-supporting with.
My family came into town and we went on this trip to a large flea market to go on a big shopping expedition. The first building in we found a lady who was selling soap. HER SOAP! She told us she had been making soap for the last 15 years and she finally set out to sell her soap 3-4 years prior after she was done with her other business. She had tons of soap! We were enthralled and spoke with her for about half an hour. My family had walked on ahead of us since we stood there for so long, they got tired of waiting.
By the time we caught up to the family, my husband and I were all abuzz of what we had seen and how excited we were that our dream could be realized. We really could be a soap business! When we got home, we started to look into our local market and saw there was only one other local soap maker in the county and set out to find out what we needed to do to make soap and to become a business.
Our first soap was Plain & Simple, a soap that our family needed in general because of our sensitivities. Our dreams are encompassed in that bar. The dreams that we could provide for ourselves and not compromise the goodness and quality we were looking for. We decided from the beginning we wanted to use all natural ingredients that were good for us and no synthetic perfumes or detergents and cleaning agents. Since that first bar of soap, our life has taken a turn we never thought would. Our love for what we are doing has only led to more learning and loving and enthusiasm for more. We have tried to impart our enthusiasm to all of our friends and family and now, the world.
So there you have it; the plain & simple truth about what made us want to make soap.