My name is Carol, I come from Central Italy but have been living in New York for the past 12 years.
I got introduced into soap making through a close friend of mine. When I tried his handmade soaps, I could feel the difference of a natural handmade product on my skin versus a store purchased one. It was mild to my skin, gentle in its lather and scent.
I also realized that if me and my family started using soap bars we could drastically reduce the consumption of plastic while using products that we know are good quality, without chemical/synthetic ingredients.
The hectic life of New York City, between a demanding full time job and a young child to raise at home did not allow me at that time to fully develop this interest, not even as a hobby.
Then COVID-19 happened and I found myself stuck at home as everyone else. Washing hands with soaps became a necessity as well as making soaps to make sure our hands were clean but also not too dry from the frequent usage, especially for my little one who started having rashes from the stores bought soaps and detergents.
The lockdown definitely helped me. I spent a lot of time home researching about soap making techniques, attending online classes, learning about botanicals and their natural properties, looking for good quality and sustainable ingredients, .... this passion grew each day and made me so happy to see each product I was able to make each time...
Well, one soap recipe after the other and here we are!
Photo Credit: Francesca Magnani Photography