Total loan: $6,000
Yamhill, OR, United States / Retail
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A loan helped purchase a pneumatic lotion filling machine, boost production output, fulfill customer demand, and allows us to spend more time with our two young children.
As a child I have always felt a strong connection with nature. My jungle gym consisted of boulders, trees, and cliffs and my sand box was an endless desert. I felt a true connection when I was in the elements. To me, there has always been something magical about swimming in a stream and getting mud and sand in between my toes. This was my playground, not hot asphalt or cold steel. Fast forward to 2009, I was visiting a farmers market in Oregon. I bought my first bar of handmade soap. Having recently read an article on the harmful chemicals in commercial soap, I was determined to make better choices for my body and the environment. I continued to purchase handmade soaps from different vendors and was presented with a wide range of results and I had many questions. This began my journey to create a truly natural bar of soap and products that are high quality, free of chemicals, long lasting, and biodegradable. I researched and made many test batches. I had some success and also some failures. Next, I began experimenting with natural colorants, tinctures, additives and scents. Who knew soap making could be so interesting or complex. Since that time I have expanded into handcrafting lotion, lip balm, soy candles and countless other products behind the scenes. Today, our passion for creation and a natural lifestyle has led to high demand for our products. As a result, we often find ourselves running at max capacity ever challenging us to find ways to streamline our processes. The need for hiring inspired members of our community is becoming more evident on a daily basis. I never dreamed my passion would be running a natural skincare business but I can’t deny that I “fell in love” it.