Ahem…now back to Sheila and her fabulous creations.
Anne-Marie: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you like to do when you’re not soaping?
Soap Wish: Over here at casa Soap Wish, you never know what we’ll be up to on any given day. The permanent residents are me, the man, the boy, and the dog, but everyone is welcome. Humor is a family value in our house, so you can expect a laugh or two if you stop by. Next in line for interests is reading- I love to read. I’ve been known to read and reread the cereal box when that’s the only thing around. I like trying new crafts and I have a storage room full of paraphernalia to prove it. We love to travel and experience different cultures. Indian food is big on the list of interests as well. My son would add that I like to spend money. He’s a bit of a smart alec for an eight year old.
Anne-Marie: What is your favorite thing about running your own business?
Soap Wish: We’re so new that my favorite thing is learning something new about the business everyday. I love the freedom to be creative, the flexibility to work when the spirit hits me, and the chance to work with my husband.
Anne-Marie: What’s the best advice you can give to someone who wants to start their own business?
Soap Wish: Try it. Start small, there are a lot of different ways to get your product out there and most of them don’t cost you much money. Use the absolute best ingredients possible and keep perfecting your product. Provide excellent customer service, there isn’t enough of that around so customers really appreciate good service.
Anne-Marie: Have you ever dabbled in other bath and body products?
Soap Wish: Does when I was 2 years old and plastered the bathroom with powder count? Seriously, I loved to mix things when I was little. I’d take my mom’s old perfume and mix lotion in it and take lotion and add color or perfume to make my own blend. All of it was atrocious, but I really loved it. I see my son doing the same thing now. He wants to be a chemist.
Anne-Marie: What is your favorite Bramble Berry product and why?
Soap Wish: When we were just starting I purchased fragrances from Bramble Berry and a few other suppliers to get a feel for what was available. Hands down, Bramble Berry has the best fragrance oils! Even with the limited knowledge we had we could tell immediately we were dealing with a superior product. The fragrance oils from the other suppliers were more like fragrance water. The fragrances were so watery and the scents had a chemical like smell so we never used them. The boy uses them for practice, and he knows not to touch the Bramble Berry ones! Getting a package of fragrances from Bramble Berry is like Christmas for your nose. One more favorite…..the micas and oxides. I love the variety and I love that they are sold by weight so you get more bang for your buck.
Anne-Marie: Final thoughts? Anything you want our readers to know about you?
Soap Wish: We love to make different things so if you have something in mind send us an email, we’ll try to make it!
Anne-Marie: You rock, Sheila! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. I cant wait to see what you come up with next. This is Anne-Marie and Sheila, signing off!
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