Today we are talking to Amanda Gail, co-founder of lovinsoap.com. Her story is unusual and inspiring. Amanda is passionate about soap making and passionate about helping women, and has found a unique and wonderful way to combine these pursuits.
The lovinsoap website provides information on soap making, especially geared to beginners. She also has ebooks and e-courses, and helps women worldwide by helping them get started with their own businesses.
She runs projects in places such as Port-au-Prince, helping women displaced by the earthquake, as well as Haiti, Uganda, China, and India.
She has kindly agreed to give us an interview, so we can learn more about her and her soap making experiences.
Amanda! Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to share your expertise with us. My first question is:
Amanda Gail : For me soap making started out as a hobby. I was a craft junky! I started with melt and pour from the hobby supply store but soon learned about making soap from scratch.
Once I made cold process soap I never picked up another hobby. I fell in love with soap making. I love that you get to pick what oils you formulate with and what to add for fragrance and color.
Amanda Gail : The freedom that being my own boss gives me. I love being able to set my own schedule and arrange my days and weeks as I desire. I travel a TON so love the freedom that owning my own business gives me.
I also love owning a creative business. I get to experiment, write and put together tutorials. I never get bored.
Lastly, I love the community that I’ve built up around my business. I have a very active blog, email list and Facebook Group where I get to interact and communicate with my tribe.
Amanda Gail : I do! It was a 100% olive oil soap with too much water. It took forever to trace and ended up separating in the mold. I didn’t add scent or color.
I stirred with a whisk because I was too scared to use a stick blender. Looking back, it wasn’t the best beginner recipe but I learned some valuable lessons.
Amanda Gail : I find inspiration from nature, marbled paper and even just smelling difference scents. I’d say it hasn’t changed much but I do love finding new sources of inspiration.
When you become a soap maker, you see soap everywhere and find inspiration everywhere! You might try a new drink from your local coffee shop and think… that would make a great soap theme!
Amanda Gail : We have wide range of eBooks and eCourses that are perfect for beginners but also for more advanced soapers. We have eBooks about pricing products, wholesaling and marketing for those ready to build their business. There is truly something for everybody.
Amanda Gail : My best tip for a beginner is to start small and basic. Try a 2 pound soap recipe and go from there. I hear of new soapers who want to make 10 pounds for their first batch and I cringe! That is a lot of material to waste if something goes wrong.
Read everything you can about making soap and watch YouTube Videos. There are some great tutorials and resources for our industry out there.
Amanda Gail : I would say travel. My husband and I love to travel, camp, hike and road trip. But really… soap making is my world! It is always on my mind.
Amanda Gail : I do! I include avocado oil in most of my recipes. I love that it is high in vitamin e and other nutrients. My favorite essential oil is lemongrass. It is such a fresh and revitalizing scent. You can’t feel grumpy when breathing in lemongrass essential oil.
Amanda Gail : My plan is to simply continue to grow my business while building my community of soap makers. We are continuously getting feedback about what eBooks, eCourses and resources are needed so we always have projects to tackle.
Thank you again Amanda, for your time and wonderful insight. I continue to be impressed with the work you are doing to help empower so many women across the globe.
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