ABOUT ME

In a little town, in the heart of the Mountain State, a soapery was born.  Never had I imagined it would become anything, but imagination often falls short.  Thus, here I am.  I'm glad you're here with me!

 

 A LITTLE ABOUT ME: 

I am a mom. I have one son, and he is truly an inspiration for all that I am and all that I do. I keep going and don’t give up because he deserves the best life I can give him.  
I am a Veteran.  I proudly served in the United States Navy, and not a day goes by that I don’t miss it.  I chose getting out to raise my son on my own, and while I would make the same choice a million times over, I still left a part of me behind.  No regrets though!  
I’m a small town girl.  My home and my heart will always be in the heart of the Mountain State.  John Denver said it best when he wrote Take Me Home, Country Roads.  “Almost Heaven” is right!

SOAPY BEGINNINGS: 

When I left the military and came back home, I came home as a single mom.  As some of you may well know, being a single parent is not without it’s challenges.  Parenthood as a whole is hard enough be it single or otherwise, but that’s not to say it isn’t just as rewarding.  One of the challenges we faced, though, was that my little one was breaking out with eczema early on and certain times throughout the year, it would come back. Climate is different here than where we had been, so this was new to me.  Every year we dealt with this and nobody suffered more than he did.  My own suffering came from trying everything I could think of and everything my research told me about to help him, but to no avail. 

Then one day while he was going through it yet again, I dove into more options and I began coming across a lot of things about making your own soap.  Interesting.  One thing led to another and I found myself engrossed in the research of benefits of different types of plant-based oils and butters.  I listed  some of my favorites, and began seeking them out.  I wanted to try.  Maybe it would make a difference.  Not to mention the creative aspect of making your own.  My mind was set.

It wasn't long before I had everything I needed to make that first batch.  How exciting!  So I formulated my first recipe, carefully measured everything out, began to mix, added that one last ingredient, and that's when it happened.  Have you ever heard of "soap on a stick?"  You haven't?  Well good, because it's devastating, and I don't want to talk about it.  I'm kidding!  Okay, okay maybe it isn't that bad, but it sure taught me a lot and when I think back on it, I'm able to have a good laugh and be thankful for it!  Now why would I be thankful for that?

Soap on a Stick taught me a lot!  It forced me into even more research in which I learned a lot more!  My next batch went a lot better, and while not everything went perfectly with every batch I made, there was substantial improvement.  I developed my own styles and techniques, which is really what I fell in love with!  Most importantly though, no more patchy skin.  That was the achievement I was reaching for, and I have been soaping ever since! 

Now that’s not to say that handmade soap (or more specifically, my soap) is a cure for any type of skin conditions.  Eating and drinking in a healthy manner also play a huge role, and each individual is different.  Therefore, I implore you to do your own research or talk to your doctor to find what is most helpful for you.  For me though, learning about some of the things that go into commercial soaps helped me understand what was most irritating to my little one’s skin.  It helped me know what ingredients to stay away from when formulating recipes.  It helped me settle on the oils and butters I felt would be best for the skin.  I worked hard and tested different ingredients until I settled on what I felt worked the best.

MōG HANDMADE IS BORN:
     
My soapy endeavors had been for my own creative outlet as well as for the benefit of my family, and was kept personal until it came up in casual conversation with a friend.  She asked if I had any she could try, and the following week, she asked for a few more bars of soap so she could give them as gifts.  She offered to buy them and encouraged me to think about selling my soaps. A few orders later, I began really thinking about putting my product out there to see what would happen.  The rest is pretty much history.  I am blessed to live in such a supportive community and get some very honest feedback, and I am so appreciative of all of it.  It only helps me to improve what I create, which means even better products for us and for you!  So thank you for trusting in me and supporting my small family business!
-MōG