Find Out How Sweat (and Sex) Inspired a Successful Soap Biz

What happens when your sweaty ass boyfriend comes home from jiu-jitsu and wants to get it on? If you’re like most women, you make that stinky man hop in the shower before laying a finger on you. But you’re not. You’re a soapmaker. And so is Carina, the badass brains behind today’s Soapmaker to Moneymaker […]

An Interview with Taproot Organics: Can Working with Your Love Make Success?

Taproot Organics Soap Owners Zaida and Daniel Grunes

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that soapmaking and cooking are two passions that fight for my attention. So, it’s not a surprise that I’m smitten by a soapmaking team that incorporates a culinary background into a thriving soap business. A big thank you to Daniel of Taproot Organics for agreeing to let […]

Can You Learn to Be a Great Teacher? An Interview with Lori of The Nova Studio

How to create your own makeup Nova Studio Lori

The Nova Studio is celebrating 15 years of being a trusted source of education and information for those interested in making their own soap and bath and body products. Kenna (the owner of ModernSoapmaking.com) first partnered with The Nova Studio in 2014 and continues to do so today. We wanted to share Lori’s story with you! […]

Two Blooms Design Studio: A Follow-Up Interview with Caron & Michelle

Two Blooms Design Studio Interview Mauro and Co Box Candle

A while back, Kenna chatted up the sisters behind Two Blooms Design Studio. Caron and Michelle gave us the low-down on what it’s like to get into business, not just with a partner, but with a sibling. (And if you’ve been around Modern Soapmaking long, you know we recommend caution when linking your biz up […]

How to Stay Inspired & Competitive: An Interview with Charlene Simon

Charlene Simon Bathhouse Soapery Soapmaker Interview Head Shot

As an Arkansas girl myself, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the city of Hot Springs, walking Bathhouse Row, popping into gift shops, and feeding ducks on Lake Hamilton. And, as a soapmaker, of course I noticed Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium, owned by Charlene Simon, during those trips. The sudsy darling of The Spa […]

Interview with Caron & Michelle of Two Blooms Design Studio

Three Piece Facial Care Set from Two Blooms

One of my favorite things about being an Indie Business Network member is connecting with other indie brands through the events (like the recent blog challenge) and Facebook group. I couldn’t tell you whether I originally “met” today’s featured duo through IBN or not, but I can tell you that I’ve gotten to know them […]

Interview with Corey of Willow and Honey, Featured Soapmaker & Biz Owner

Interview with Corey of Willow and Honey

One of my favorite things about soapmakers is that they come to soapmaking with so many different backgrounds and experiences. Today, I wanted to chat with Corey, a talented soapmaker who is taking her culinary background and applying it to beautiful bath treats that look good enough to eat! I came across Corey on Instagram, […]

Interview with Teri of Infusion Breast Care Botanicals, Featured American Made Finalist

Interview with Teri of Infusion Breast Care Botanicals

This month, I’m following the adventures of four American Made finalists in the Beauty category, and getting up close and personal to see what we can learn from their business-building experiences. What is American Made? American Made is an annual competition hosted by Martha Stewart Living that spotlights the American maker, and celebrates the handmade movement. […]