I recently met a fascinating person. It was a random meeting. I was at the Canton First Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX and had wandered into a part that I had never been before. Little did I know I was getting ready to learn all about soap making.
I found a booth with the most beautiful soaps and bath salts and I thought I was in heaven! Being a “bath person” I can never get enough of this stuff!
Sissy Littlefield sells her handmade soaps and bath salts and is as awesome as her soaps smell.
I want to share her interview and you will find out for yourself.
What hobby are you good at?
Making soaps. I started making soap because I love soap. European soaps in England and France are beautiful, larger bars, double milled and that’s where soap originated. I was buying soap and I decided I needed to figure this out.
How long have you been doing it?
Going on 6 years.
How did you get good at it?
I studied to get good at it. I watched videos. I read a lot. It’s kind of like alchemy. I use all essential oils and when you are looking at mixing different types of fragrances and soap base, you have got to experiment.
I have found that people like sweet, fruity or savory. You can take different types of essential oils and use them in the same ways.
I have studied oils and herbs. What they can do for you. How they can help you and then I have reached the point where we are now.
What advice would you give to beginners? What shortcuts or secrets can you share?
Start out with easier soaps like glycerin, the melt and pour soaps and then go from there.
There are really no good shortcuts. If you want to do it right you have to go through the process. I have learned how to balance Ph and then can do it a little faster while making other cold process soaps.
Go to Half Price Books and in their craft section they have soap making books.
Go to YouTube and watch the Mennonite ladies. They make great soap using an all-natural process.
Also, http://www.brambleberry.com has a lot of nice instructional videos on the melt and pour type soaps and also gets into the essential oils.
My soaps are more geared toward skin care, your health, well-being and it’s even getting into the animal world. I use it on my horses and others on their pets.
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.
I have applied to National Organizations for non-testing of animals on the products so I am waiting to hear back from them. That’s something I really believe in. We have gotten away from our roots and I don’t know why.
Do you have a website, Etsy store, Facebook page, etc. that you have created and would like to share?
I put a lot of info on Facebook like the benefits of dead sea salts and Himalayan salts and other things like what an essential oil is so it is a lot of information.
Any other information that you would like to share?
Take a lot of baths!
Stress is a biggie now. People are worried now about making money and being successful and they need to remember that success doesn’t buy health.
You need to take the time and relax and enjoy yourself. And that’s the #1 thing you need to do!
Connect with Sissy
But definitely, go and like her Facebook page at Sissy’s Soaps so you can get a lot of valuable information about soap making, bath salts, essential oils and more.
If you would like to share your hobby, go to Get Interviewed and complete the form and submit. I am always on the lookout for experts to share their story. Are YOU next?
Be Like Sissy
Just as Sissy has turned her love of soap into a profitable business, so can you. There is absolutely nothing that can stop you from pursuing your passion – except you.
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