So. I’m back.
During quarantine, when everyone was getting murdered, I was in my apartment trying to think of a way to earn money since my job is retail based and it looked like stores would never open again. I don’t sew, so masks weren’t an option. I already have a reselling side hustle selling new, used, vintage and upcycled fashion items (links on this page so you can buy stuff), but I wanted something more basic. Something that would be deemed essential. After brainstorming and searching social media, I decided on soap. I felt like that gave me a lot of room to be creative and its something that makes people’s lives better. Washing your hands is imperative, but a nice fragrant and moisturizing soap makes it a self care event, too.
I have wanted to make soap for years, and I took a soap making class to learn how to do cold process soap a few years ago. Cold process takes weeks to cure (I never even got my soap back from that class, tbh) and I wanted to get in there and start producing right away. Thanks to the massive unemployment check I was getting every week, I could invest in different melt and pour soap bases, fragrance oils, molds, dried flowers, coffee, sea salt from Malta, essential oil, packaging, etc. I bought a big sketch pad to keep track of my recipes and methods. I fucking love making soap. My bathroom is full of soap.
And … it’s been selling! Since July, in addition to tucking soap samples into every package, people were actually purchasing my soap samples and bars. That has been such a major blessing. I haven’t made back all the money I spent, but it was a healthy number for $4 samples and $8 or $10 bars. My job came back a little and I still have to rely on unemployment, but making money from this gave me some hopeful feelings.
So that’s what I’ve been doing instead of blogging the last few weeks. Just trying to get a handle on life in late 2020 and trying to be loose in anticipation of 2021. I’ve been tie dying, reworking items with sashiko mending, and working on relying more on my creative skills as a way of life. You can’t rely on anyone else to give you a vision for yourself or to care about giving you anything. It’s imperative to try and carve out some space in the world were you can do something that fulfills you, regardless of race or gender or religion or political affiliation because at the end of the day, it’s your life. Like voting. People say Trump, people say Biden- but after all the twitter fights and ig comments, it comes down to who or what satisfies your ideology and beliefs. Make soap, draw pictures, sing songs, and don’t get caught up in other people’s agendas.
Feel free to buy some soap. Buy a bunch, I need the money. Plus, you’ll probably get free candy or something.
Until next time,