We're getting excited for our next event--happening this weekend! Crafty Mart is coming to Thirsty Dog Brewing Company for a pop up market on Saturday, May 23rd, 11am-5pm. Please let me introduce you to one of our makers coming to the event. This profile is one in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is soap-maker Denise from Saint Augustine and Suds, and her responses to a mini-questionnaire.
1). What's your name and what is it that you make?
My name is Denise and I make artisan soaps and bath products. All [my] soaps are made with organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, responsibly harvested palm oil (proceeds from my palm oil purchases go towards Natural Habitats to ensure that no deforestation or habitat destruction results from the growing or harvesting process.), bentonite clay and natural pigments. I do use sodium hydroxide to create the saponification process, however no sodium hydroxide stays in the soap.
2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
I had several wellness workshops when I lived in NY where I learned the trade, and last Christmas I found myself hard on cash for Christmas gifts... So I made soap baskets for everyone. Turned out I was pretty good, and it picked up from there.
3). What is your best seller?
My black activated charcoal face soap and my Guinness cedar wood soaps. Well any soap I make with beer seems to go over well. Who knew? I started out making Guinness soap with cedar wood infusions, because who doesn't like Guinness? There is a thicker feel to it and it tends to be more moisturizing than most beer soaps. I like to be creative and make products that you can't find just anywhere, its also the reason for a lot of my soap scents.
The beer soaps are a process that takes a little longer than the other soaps to create, because while beer is actually great for the skin with its conditioning properties, you have to boil out the alcohol. So whenever I make beer soap, I boil pints of it on my stove, refrigerate it for 24 hours, then spray a gallon of Febreeze everywhere so my house doesn't smell like a stale pub.
4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?
I have only vended one time, and I will be at the Thirsty Dog event. My first time was with Crafty Mart, pleased to say. I look forward to continuing. It's amazing to meet so many like-minded people.
5). The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
Stones forever. And ever and ever.
Thank you Denise for answering our questions and coming to the Pop Up Crafty Mart at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. We'll see everyone on Saturday, May 23rd, from 11am-5pm at Thirsty Dog on 529 Grant Street. Click HERE for a complete list of all the vendors at the event.