Interview with Anne Marie of Soap Queen

Today we are talking to Anne-Marie Faiola, CEO and founder of Soap Queen, Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies and teachsoap.com. Her great work has inspired and educated many of us. 

Anne-Marie, thank you for taking time from your busy life to talk with us, I am a big fan of your work! 

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Today I would like to focus on soap making beginners - how they can overcome problems and stay inspired.

You are well-known in soap making circles, and I think readers will enjoy learning a bit more about you. 

Sir Soapy : What are Some Obstacles You Faced as a Beginner? 

Anne Marie : When I started soaping, there was no YouTube, there was no Facebook and there was only one book on soap making (and it used Crisco and lard as the main ingredients). 

I had to teach myself how to make soap by trial and error. Thankfully, I was a seeker and was hungry for creativity so found the entire process fun rather than frustrating but, my first five batches failed because I didn’t know about what a stick blender was.


Sir Soapy : Do you remember any disasters when you first started? How did you handle this - did you ever feel like giving up?

Anne Marie : Oh absolutely so many disasters. I rendered my own tallow and as a lifelong vegetarian, that was hilarious. 

Once I got some clean fat to make soap with, I had no idea what trace was (there were no books or pictures or videos to guide me) and I didn’t have a stick blender. Because of that, I ended up really struggling with my first five batches of soap failing. 

They separated. They never set up. But, I never gave up and eventually figured out what trace was an how to achieve it.


Sir Soapy  : Do you have a favorite memorable moment in your soap making journey?

Anne Marie : Launching Soap Queen TV was the most fun I’ve ever had in my career. It really forced me to push my craft, my art, and the creativity factor of my soap making journey.


Sir Soapy  : How would you sum up your soap journey in one sentence?

Anne Marie : Handmade is bestmade.


Sir Soapy : Are there common mistakes you find beginners often make? 

Anne Marie : Beginners often try to do techniques that are far too hard (alllll the layers, alllll the texture, alllll the swirls …. All in one batch!) or add too many additives (for example oatmeal, goat milk, and honey are great together and also, require TLC and experience). 

These are all correctable and thankfully, it’s soap! If a few batches fail, you can try again.


Sir Soapy : Do you have a favorite recipe or ingredient you recommend to beginners?

Anne Marie : 1. My Favorite Cold Process Recipes  

2. Back to Basics: Simple & Gentle Cold Process Soap   


Sir Soapy : Will you share with us some of your hobbies and interests other than soap making? What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Anne Marie : I love reading and read over 50 books a year.

Baking and me are best friends.

I adore cooking healthy meals from scratch. 

I’m an avid scuba diver, hiker and runner. 

Outside of my family, friends are often included in free time play.


Sir Soapy : Do you have a favorite success mantra? Anything else you would like to share with beginners just starting their soap making journey? 

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Anne Marie : How you do anything is how you do everything. 

Meaning, be consistent. Be accountable. Show up at home like you show up at work and vice versa. Be truthful in every area. Have integrity at home, work and play. 

Soap making is a wonderful journey. It’s a consumable art form and one that you will constantly progress on and enjoy. You’ll never be without a gift or self-employment opportunity as long as you make soap. 


Thank you, Anne-Marie, for sharing your most valuable time with us. Your answers are very helpful for beginners, and we can all learn a lot from you.



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