Monday, August 31, 2009

Hot night, glass of wine, first blog post, way too long!

So I am, or was, and perhaps still will tell you a little about me but the heat is getting to me, making me reminisce about age 16, summer vacation, midnight hanging out with friends, grounded for sure, 85 degrees and humid, but you still get a chill up your spine when the boy you like sits down next to you, kinds of thoughts. Maybe it was the sticky sweet soap I just made; luscious berry, passion fruit, peaches, vanilla kind of fruit punch for adults that made me think of 16.
FYI: There is a roll on perfume in the works!

So I make soap, primarily, but venture into other yummy B&B treats. The daytime is for responsible production, with schedules, deadlines, phone meetings, shipping – but the nighttime is for half asleep euphoria inspired research and development!

How I make stuff:
The scent inspires the bath and body medium. I rarely make say, a cold process soap, a glycerin soap, a bath mousse, etc., all in the same fragrance (much to the dismay of my customers I am sure, but I am trying to get better about it!) I mean, Key Lime Pie and Orange Sherbet work SO much better as a creamy dessert like whipped bath mousse rather than a bar soap – I think. And French Lavender, in my opinion, is better as a rustic traditional bar of bubbly cold process soap, rather than a bath product the consistency of frosting (though lavender butter créme frosting bath mousse sounds pretty good to me right now – see I AM working on it!)

How I started:
As many soap makers can relate, I started making glycerin soap, or melt and pour, as a hobby on crafty weekends with friends, loved that I had a homemade alternative to the (mostly) commercial junk in the stores, and was utterly obsessed with soap making from the very first pour. I thought about soap all of the time, even dreamt about it, and would get up in the middle of the night to work on new ideas.
(I went to school for fine art, photograph and design so being inspired in the middle of the night and obsessing over creativity is something I have been at for a while) Every new creation was a love affair, my first and most long standing being the chocolate mint soap bars – Ahhhh

Long story short, I got laid off from my job and was encouraged by my awesome boyfriend and family to take the business full time! I can't tell you how much support I have received! I was also fortunate enough to meet Debbie Chialtas from Soapylove® who has been a friend and inspiration since! I don’t think I could have done it without her!

“And they lived happily ever after”


  1. What a great start to a new blog! :) I love your writing. Can't wait to read more.

    Also, I saw your Absinthe Soap and it's stunning! What an amazing photograph and the color is a perfect match! Wow!

  2. I saw a comment you left on The Soap Bar and your name, Naiad Soap Arts, intrigued me. Your work is very beautiful!!


  3. Thank you Ruth - I am glad the name led you to me!
    Thank you both for the lovely comments!

  4. funny, i was just jonesing for more of your soap. your work is lovely. gorgeous packaging, wonderfully crafted products.

  5. Hey gigerisgod, great to hear from you and thanks for the comment! I will have a fully stocked shop at the end of the month with new listings weekly!

  6. the picture looks very inviting :) thanks for sharing your story!



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