Tamara Dawson is a great friend and a great soapmaker. I love her soaps. Recently, we meet up and she gave me one of her newest creations- a patchouli lime bar of soap called the “Green Eyed Lady”. While visiting, I asked Tamara when she started soapmaking and several other questions…
How long ago did you start soapmaking?
I made my first soap in Nov 2006. I made a small batch of Ginger Lime and a small batch of Patchouli. I read everything I could find on the subject for about a year before I had the courage to start.
What is your preferred method- cp, hp or rt…
CP is my method of choice, mostly RT CP right now. About 1/2 of my soaps contain Goat Milk. I have made one batch of HP on purpose just to try it, but didn’t like the rough texture of the soap. A couple of seized CP batches turned into HP out of necessity.
What do you use for colorants?
For colorants, oxides and micas. Occasionally TD to lighten a batch.
Who do you currently sell to?
Currently I sell to co-workers and the goat milk people. They then sell to “Witches Brew”. I was selling to the salon in NE till I taught them how to make soap. My sister has a hair salon in Kearney NE. She had several of my soaps on display, ones I had given her as gifts, and she gets asked all the time if they are for sale. I told her that if she wants to, I will send her some to sell. So another wholesale account may be in my future.
Best sellers, Oatmeal, Milk and Honey and a Peppermint Swirl I call “Cool Kisses”.
What other products do you make?
I made lotion with you and will be making some creams and salves soon. Made and sold lots of Bath Bombs last Christmas. I am also getting ready to make single use “Sugar Cube Scrubs”.
Anything else you would like to share?