After our twins were born and we finally had them at home we started to become much more aware of the cleaning products that we were using around our house. One of the products that we became acutely aware of was the soap that we use when bathing ourselves and our baby girls. So instead of buying commercially made soap, we looked for a source for hand-made soap.
And that is the why soapmaker Betty Jane Ware, owner of Goddess Blends Soaps of Kingston, Ontario came onto our radar.
Before buying any soap from Goddess Blends I decided to ask Ware some questions about her soap. She happily agreed to answer any questions as well as send me a free sampler of her soaps. Within a couple of days of her dropping them in the post we had an envelope in our mailbox with four 113 gram bars of soap: lavender soap, mojito soap, cucumber aloe soap and raspberry mint. Each bar had such incredibly delicious scents that I was almost tempted to bite into the soap. I resisted.
First thing I wanted to know was what got her into the soap making business in the first place. She told me that her journey into soapmaking began from a rather different perspective than most; she is a practicing witch.Yes, a witch. And one of the things a witch does to prepare for ritual is a bath or cleansing for the particular ritual. She notes “I wanted to use something specifically for me that brought in the elements of whatever I was working on, this led me to soap making.”
Okay, now that is definitely unique! So what made you want to start a business of selling soap? She says that selling happened more by accident than design. While making soap for herself one time she made more soap than she could personally use. The first recipient loved her handmade soap and there it was, her business was started. It has continued to grow from that point.
The best thing she’s learned as a soapmaker is that there is always more to learn and finds within the Handcrafted Soap-makers Guild, of which Betty Jane is a member, a willingness to share information and experience. She found the Guild while searching online and she joined right away. As well as being a soap-maker, she is also a certified herbalist.
Betty Jane’s advice for new soapers: “Join the Guild for the information and expertise that comes at so low a cost and GO TO CONFERENCE!”
Last year she attended the conference and says that she had a blast as well as learned many new things. She emphasizes, “You cannot put a price tag on what you learn at Conference. You will meet suppliers, fellow soapers, and business mentors. There is no way that you should miss out on this opportunity.”
To help you, our reader get an idea of just how luxurious these handmade soaps actually are, Betty Jane has very generously offered to be part of our second giveaway. To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is add a comment to this blog post describing your favourite soapy-sudsy memory AND post the web address for Goddess Blends Soap into your comment.
To give you a hint about the type of comments, here is mine; when I was about 10 years old I discovered that whenever I dropped the F-bomb I got a wild reaction. This continued until my older cousin Clayton and my Dad held me down and washed my mouth out with soap. My first word post-sudsing? The F-bomb.
What is your favourite memory? Remember to keep it clean (until you get your soap). Add your comments up until one minute before midnight on Friday, August 27th and at one minute after midnight I will randomly draw one winner from all the entrants.
I will then contact you via the email address you have provided and within 24 hours you respond, I email your mailing address to Goddess Blends Soaps and a short while after that you are bathing with the most delicious bar of soap. If you want the Skinny on Entering Contests (the rules, so to speak) click here.
Let’s have it people. Post your comments. And that link.