Not everyone is lucky enough to have a job that allows them to explore their creativity and encourages experimentation. Soapers are pretty fortunate in that regard, because we get to work in an environment that by design blends art with science, intuition with methodology, and beauty with health. Given the right ingredients, there's no end to what we can create and recreate in a given day!
There are plenty of wells of inspiration in this line of work. For one, we live in a beautiful foothill town with scenery equally as striking on a rainy stormy night as it is on the hottest summer day. How can you not be inspired here? And since we're a small business, I get to know my customers on a personal level; There's nothing I love more than having clients who are comfortable coming to me with an issue they're having - either with a product from a different manufacturer or one of my own! - so that we can work on a solution together. My clients with particular needs are essential to my inspirational and creative process.
It makes sense that I'd find motivation in my work out of finding solutions for my customers, but I discovered that their own creative endeavors were even more inspiring. About a year ago, I started teaching soap classes at the behest of family and friends who'd seen me making soaps and wanted to join in on the fun. I had no idea how explosively the idea would take off, and we now hold weekly soap making classes when possible. While there's nothing more gratifying than getting to show customers and friends what I love to do for a living, even more exciting is getting to see just how good my students are at soap design. We tackle all kinds of techniques, from layering to embeds and swirls to secret feather, and I've been impressed with their creations every single time. How lucky am I to have customers who are such naturals at soap making? Not to mention, every week I enjoy two hours of fielding inquisitive and insightful questions I'd never think to ask myself that move me to explore new ideas the whole week long.
When it comes down to it, my most critical source of inspiration is you! We love hearing from our customers, and we need to hear from you to continue making the best natural body products possible. If you don't live locally, feel free to reach out to us via phone or email (559.561.4021 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with your questions and considerations, or if you'd just like to say hi. Or you can fill out this neat little widget below if you've got an idea you'd like to see in the shop