We are introducing one of our newest e-tailers ~ Karina of Soap That Makes Scents. She has some fantastic products. You will get to know Karina by reading her interview. Hope you find time to go visit her website and Etsy store - the links are below. I can tell you that you will not be disappointed to find her samples in your box. We will be posting her "Product Showcase" tomorrow. You will see her wonderful products - too bad you can't smell them!
How or why did you start your business? When I moved from Canada to the United States in 2004, it wasn't legal for me to work, but I still wanted to contribute to my family. I had been making and selling soap since 2001 and was able to continue that while the paperwork was processed to allow me to work in the U.S. Our daughter (who is now almost three) was born soon thereafter and I didn't want her to be in daycare, so I decided to stay home and raise her--Soap That Makes Scents went full time in 2006.
What kind of products do you carry or make? Soap That Makes Scents offers a lovely variety of handcrafted bath items including a vegetarian soap line, shea butter lip balms, and body souffle
What do you listen to or watch while you work? If I'm on the computer, I constantly have YouTube videos playing in the background..mostly Bon Jovi (yup, they are still rockin' out with new music!) or Richard Marx
Do you have a special or certain way you like to begin your day? Well, I'm a work at home mom, so first thing is to make sure my toddler is fed, and then while she's quietly playing I check my online sales and update my shop where needed. After that, I answer all waiting emails/convos, and then go over my To-Do List for the day..normally soap and heavy computer work (like label design) is created during my daughter's nap time; wrapping/cutting/labelling when she's up and about.
What do you do to unwind and relax? When I have the time, I love to read. I devour books in just a few days or so. Right now I'm reading the TruBlood saga (8 books in total--the 9th out this year), which is now a television series on HBO.
Do you have a storefront, sell strictly on-line or both? I sell online, as well as at craftshows and homeshow events.
Please list any websites and email addresses. http://soapsthatmakesscents.com/
Do you sell on Etsy, Ebay, Fuzzb or Made It Myself? If you do, please list a link to your store.
Do you Twitter? What is the url to your page? www.twitter.com/kreatedbykarina
Do you have a blog? Please list a link to your blog. http://kbyk.blogspot.com/
What or who inspires you? What really gets me going the most are scents...fragrances invoke memories and mindsets. Think about what the smell of sugar cookies fresh from the oven means to you, or the scent of coconut--perhaps it reminds you of your last tropical vacation. That's what I want to capture. I want to offer a slice of your life in every bar.
What advice would you offer to someone starting their own business? Promote like there's no tomorrow! No one will know about you or the great products you offer unless you tell them about it--and often.