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baylee

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Hey Y'all!! My name is Tammy and I'm from Martinez, GA (close to Augusta, GA where the Golf Masters are held annually). I grew up in Ohio and moved here about 16 years ago.

I started soap making a few years ago. My skin was breaking out (which came to find out was a staph infection and took a couple years to heal completely). From that skin issue, I started reading about handmade soap and how good it was for the skin. I decided this was for me, but like many others, I was scared to death to handle lye. So, I went and bought a few pounds of melt & pour, coloring and a few molds. That was fun, but after about 2 batches or so, I was bored; just not challenging enough.
I read on the internet about a method of RTCP (I believe that's the name), pouring at room temp. I researched some more, had the information I needed, got all equipment/supplies and made my first batch... HOOKED!!
I remember at the time, sugar scrub made with melt & pour soap was a big thing, but I had no desire to do that, nor did I want to make sugar scrub with handmade soap. So (and I kick myself for losing my recipe), I made a sugar scrub with stearic acid , soft oils, white sugar etc. and poured the mixture in an ice cube tray to make a solid cube that slowly melted in the shower. From there, I made solid & liquid perfumes, lip balms, bath bombs (hated doing those), liquid soap, cream soap and lots of bar soap. My deepest desire was to start a small business. My husband was scared to death about me starting a soap business because of the litigation issues and how people love to find a reason to sue someone (of course, I would purchase insurance, that was a given). Feeling a little defeated, I stopped making soap and taught myself how to crochet. I love to crochet and being the 'if you're gonna do it, do it all' person, I made one wash cloth, and went right into making a blanket.
Fast forward after a dozen or so of blankets to about a month ago.. my husband decides he wants to switch from an electric razor to brush/solid soap to shave. Hmmm, the soap bug bit me hard, I started researching and came up with a recipe for a shave soap using soy wax instead of stearic acid. He loved it, said it didn't pull in the areas it normally does. My son loves it. I just sent some to my friend in Ohio to have her husband test. The lather is dense, rich and creamy.
With alot of planning, researching, talking to a lawyer, I will start my business... soap and crochet... it will be done :)
Sorry for the huge post; I thought some background was appropriate.
 

TBandCW

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Hello and welcome to the forum! I enjoyed reading your post, I started out making bath bombs for myself and now have a business selling bath and body products and soy candles. Sounds like you have a good plan! :)
 

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Hi Tammy & welcome! :wave: I have friends and family in Marietta & Macon so have had the pleasure of visiting your area many times! I'm jealous about being near the Masters though.....
 
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Thanks everyone... believe it or not, I've never been to The Masters; my interest in golf is about as interesting as watching grass grow.. lol
 
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