How We Began...
As a teenager, I was a regular at my local craft store. I took classes and tried to learn as much as I could about different styles of crafting. It is at one of these classes that I first learned to make handcrafted soaps. Soap making peaked my interest and a hobby was born. At the time, most of my creations were usually given to friends and family as gifts. Over the years, many of the recipients of my products would ask me to make similar items for gifts that they were giving to others. At the time, the idea of making my own soap products professionally was a dream that I would do “someday”.
Eventually, I graduated from college, entered the full time workforce, got married and started a family. As time passed, life took over and I found myself spending less and less time with my beloved hobby. However, I would still pull my soap making supplies out from time to time to make a gift for a friend or family member’s birthday or for a special occasion. But like many busy moms, the thought of selling my handmade soaps, lip balms, scrubs, and lotions became a dream that was pushed to the back of my mind. Every now and then, my husband and I would load up the family for a fun weekend adventure and would end up browsing through booth after booth at different craft fairs. However, I would always find myself lingering at the soap booths longer than all of the rest.
My husband, Chris, has always been the loving, encouraging type and suggested that it was time to revisit my long time love affair with soap making. As a mother, it was important to me to make products that would be gentle enough for my children to use, but still be effective for their purpose – getting you clean. I gathered some ingredients, pots, measuring utensils, a mixer and began. It still amazes me how long it took and what a mess I made creating my first successful batch of Almond & Oats Moisturizing soap.
With this success, I threw myself into coming up with new recipes and studying the art of soap making – I wanted to learn as much as possible about the subject, but I also wanted to find a way to make products that were gentle not only for the skin, but also the environment. In December of 2015, we attended another craft show and you could say I was bitten by the soap bug again. It was after that show that the idea of Simply Charming Soap Company was formed. After months of hard work we are proud to announce the grand opening of our family run business, Simply Charming Soap Company.
When I say that this is a family ran company, I mean it. My loving husband, Chris, who is an IT professional by trade has painstakingly built our beautiful website along with helping mix scrubs, packaging soaps and building craft show displays. My mother-in-law, Judi, helps test products, mix scrubs, label products, set up craft fair booths, and even helps to wrangle the kids when needed. The kids love to let everyone know which of the soaps, lip balms, or scrubs are their personal favorites and why. They are all by my side in everything from helping to develop products, to working craft shows. Simply Charming Soap Company is truly a “Family Business” and we welcome you!