I belong to a few Facebook groups and every now and then, I find an artist that I just have to contact.
This was the case with Marion Kaiser.
Marion makes beautiful soaps that I wanted to reach out and grab one. I was thrilled when she agreed to answer a few questions for soap maker beginners.
Her business is called Louisiana Sunshine Soap Company.
Let’s learn from her.
What hobby are you good at?
Soapmaking – Cold Process & Hot Process Methods
How long have you been doing it?
How did you get good at it?
I researched both methods of soapmaking on the Internet and took Leisure Arts classes at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
What advice would you give to beginners? What shortcuts or secrets can you share?
Don’t let anything intimidate you in trying new things. Soapmaking is a wonderful hobby or business if you just take the proper safety precautions and don’t “bite off more than you can chew” at the beginning.
Start with a basic recipe and procedure and then work your way to other, more complicated, recipes later as you build expertise.
Are you a member of any local or national organization/club related to your hobby? If yes, please share the name and benefits of belonging.
There are several benefits of joining the organizations that I belong to (the benefits are many, but here are a few):
1. The ability to network with like-minded individuals with whom you can share experiences with about your craft and businesses
2. Taking classes thru these organizations
3. Discounts to buy from suppliers
4. The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic also offers a free website, with membership, thru Volusion
5. Discounted business insurance
If you happen to make money from your interest, do you have a website, Etsy store, Facebook page, etc. that you have created and would like to share?
My facebook page: Louisiana Sunshine Soap Company, LLC
My Instagram page: https://instagram.com/lssc0000/
My YELP page: Louisiana Sunshine Soap Company
My Pinterest page: Louisiana Sunshine Soap Company
Any other information that you would like to share?
What has helped me so far, is that there has been so many supportive customers, other business people, my local SCORE mentorship organization (SCORE Baton Rouge is a nonprofit association providing free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of small business and their personal objectives. They help small business people start or manage their business by face to face counseling, email counseling or seminars, workshops and business roundtables.), and lastly my family and friends.
Connect with Marion
Visit Marion’s website at Louisiana Sunshine Soap Company, where you can purchase her soaps, get samples, and even have custom soaps made for a special occasion! How cool is that?
If you would like to share your hobby, go to Get Interviewed (it’s a form with the questions that I asked above) then complete and submit. I am always on the lookout for experts to share their story. Are YOU next?
Be Like Marion
Just as Marion has turned her love of soapmaking into a profitable business, so can you. There is absolutely nothing that can stop you from pursuing your passion – except you.
Check out our Soap Making page and try this hobby for yourself. Make soap for gifts this year!
What did you like most about Marion’s story? Let us know in the comments below.