What do you make? How did you get into it?
I make cold process handmade soaps. Been wanting to do it for some time, probably 10 years back but then suppliers of raw materials are limited or I just did not know where to source it. Then came the write ups about toxic chemicals in the household. To my surprise the very reason why I patronize this particular brand because of its germicidal property is actually toxic. Triclosan is a toxin. This world needs 1 less pollutant. The more I read about handmade soaps and its benefits, the more encouraged I became.
Are you a full-time crafter?
I’m crafty. I like making things with my hands. I’m not full-time. Not yet.
If not, what is your day job?
I’m an F&B consultant.
What motivates you in pursuing this business?
Handmade soap has a lot of benefits. It may be a tad expensive than the commercial ones but this is the real thing. There is no comparison. Our skin is the biggest organ in our body let’s take care of it. We are subjected to so much toxins than we know of, or aware of and our skin is our first line of defense. If a few pesos can save us from getting sick, its all worth it in the long run.
What are some of the challenges of maintaining a craft business?
Educating the market. Google ‘whitening soap’, almost all the pages are Filipino blogs, sites, and whathaveyous. Somehow for us Filipinos fair skin = beautiful. To me that’s a very sad premise.
What’s your most recent craft business milestone?
Finding out how to incorporate fragrance into the soap without any chemicals involved.
What is your favorite lesson in your experience of your business?
There are a handful of people who are ready for handmade soaps. That’s a good start.
What craft business advice can you share with other aspiring entrepreneurs?
Make a good product first. Quality is the only language a crafter should know. This is the ‘why’ we are crafters.
Um, if you were a craft tool, what would you be? And why?
Wow, this one is for the Bb. Pilipinas Q&A! Nothing comes to mind sorry. [Heehee.]
What can we expect to see from you guys at the upcoming Maker’s Market?
Naturally nourishing, moisturizing, and detoxifying soaps.
Where else can we find your work?
I just started. Will most likely be available online.