The Story Behind Beehive Soap and Body Care
After reading in the newspaper about a woman making soap in her kitchen, I was intrigued. I began reading books on soapmaking and searched for information on the Internet. I am a visual learner - so I eventually posted a plea on Craigslist: "Can someone please show me how to make soap?" Thankfully Janice R. (who lives close by to me) answered my plea, showed me how to make a batch of soap, gave me some basic information, and I was off and running. For three years I played around with cold process soapmaking as a hobby. I gave soap to family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors as gifts, or to just try out and give me feedback. I played around with recipes, ingredients, fragrance, etc. until I had a good feel for the process and what ingredients produced a superior soap. Each batch had to pass my own "shower test"! I also joined a soapmaking forum on yahoo groups so that I could learn from others' experiences. After completing my Bachelors Degree in the Summer of 2009 I decided that it was time to turn my new passion into a small business. I took my soaps on the road to the Herriman Farmers Market that summer. The name "Beehive Soap" was selected because I live in Utah, the Beehive State!
I am now a Certified Soapmaker through the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild, and continue to be a member of this organization. In 2012 I was appointed to the Board of Directors of this wonderful organization.
As my business grows (through boutiques, farmers markets, consignment accounts, wholesale accounts and internet sales) my goals include the following:
1. Make fabulous soap and other body care items that my customers love for their own use and to share as gifts with others! Proud to be made right here in the U.S.A! All items are handmade by me (and as I grow I might recruit helpers - but they will be supervised by me) - right here in Murray, Utah. (Exception: Soap nets are made by BEAZ, Inc., Florida)
2. Make a living doing something I am passionate about!
3. Give back! Charities that are important to me include: Festival of Trees (benefiting Primary Childrens Hospital), Bead for Life, Clean the World, Heifer International and the Fistula Foundation.
Thank You!!! I know you have countless shopping options. Thank you for visiting my website today! Thanks to all who have cheered me along my journey!