Meet the Members of the Soapnuts E-mail List 

Becky 
 a.k.a. List mom- Well, let's see.....I'm a 33 year old mother of 3 *ages 13, 11and 9)  I'm married to a great guy that loves soapmaking as much a  I do. Together we own and operate a business in beautiful lower eastern Michigan. I teach soapmaking classes and I'm also a floral designer. Our  store mainly focuses on handcrafted items and of course our soaps. I became interested in herbal therapy after working as a pharmacy technician and getting involved in many of my customers'  health concerns. My soapmaking evolved as a way of controlling what my children were being exposed to and trying to produce a soap that friends and family members with skin allergies could safely use.(not to mention it sounded like a heck of a lot of fun, too!) Fun being a very coool word...I do like to have fun. I think it's very important to make time to relax and and enjoy life.
Our mailing list is made up of some very talented and friendly soapers and wannabe's. I count myself lucky to have such a caring and thoughtful group that go out of there way to help others get started on their path to becoming true "soapnuts".

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 Patti in Pa.-    My bio is short...Mother of 3,1 boy18,and 2 girls,11&7.Work full time in a garment factory. I love making soap and candles,sorta in business I sell to friends at work. And have the best boyfriend in the world!
Life is grand....
       ICQ# 21020399


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My name is Gaye. I am a 42 year old female. My husband and I live in San Antonio, Texas. We are the grandparents of a handsome 4 year old boy & a beautiful 2 year old girl. We are teaching them to be interested in all that we involve ourselves in which include: genealogy, woodworking, oil &
watercolor painting, gardening, watergardening &, as of today, soap making!

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Hi! I am Barb. I made my first batch of "puddle soap" yesterday! Everything was going along fine until I unmolded it.... I am heating it all up now,hoping for a 2nd chance. I   make soap for family and friends mostly. My sister mentioned to a lady about our soaps and she wants to
have a home party! Wow! I am married. We have a daughter who is 12. And I have a space bar that isn't working..... ;)

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Gordon
I am a 38 year old South African male, who loves to get involved with all sorts of crafts. My 1st serious one was woodwork. The problem here was that my workshop is about 150m from my house, so my wife started
moaning about never seeing me. I have also done a bit of pottery, electronics, I was a NAUI scuba instructor etc.etc.etc.. Then my wife got a bee in her bonnet about soapmaking. I got several books through Amazon about it and started experimenting. My all-time
favorite (& the one that I concentrate on now) is Olive oil soap. I  have made several batches with additives such as Oats, maize meal, cinnamon (my favorite), wild aloe, ground coffee & much more. I have found the soap to be extremely gentle on my skin & can use it on my
face & body as well as to shave with. Commercial soaps make me look like a lizard, so now I only use my own soap.


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Holli McCarty
(co-creator of the "soapnuts" library)
Family: Mom, dad, 2 brothers and my sis-in-laws, and one CUTE nephew who forces us to watch Barney anytime he visits! ;) Pets: Sophie...The overweight fluffball Pomeranian beastie! <^..^>
Sophie was my birthday present 4 years ago and she is the light of our lives! She is "THE BOSS" around here!
A little about me: I am 25, I have a degree in Studio Art and I work for a single breed magazine called the Sheltie Pacesetter. I do all sorts of stuff at work, one day I'll be proofreading, the next day I'll be helping design ads. I am one of those lucky few who really loves their job! YAY!
2 years ago I started making candles. I got one of those silly kits that they sell at craft stores for a ridiculous price. A few months later our family got a computer and I researched candles all over the internet. I got into soap via the internet too. A lot of people who make candles also make soap. In my never-ending searches for candle supplies I kept
running into soap sites. Finally I started reading those soap sites and I liked what I read! I always thought soap was just, well, soap! I didn't know I could buy a bar that wouldn't dry my skin out. So, here I am, hanging out with the soap crew! :) I must say I have made great friends through my crafts and I really appreciate all of you! :)

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Duane
My wife Nancy and I have been soaping for 2 1/2 years.  We have two teenage children, daughter Jamie and son Josh.  We got into soaping because of the different skin types of our kids and the company Nancy worked for was moving out of state.  I work as a route driver.  We
didn't want to go with them and decided we wanted to do something that would allow Nancy to have flexibility to stay home with the kids.  Jamie has beautiful skin and color, but needed something to help with teenacne.  Josh has dry skin that desperately needed moisturizing.   Thenafter gifts of soap were given to friends and family, opportunity for
sales came along.  So Nature's Best Soaps started in October 1996.  Been a lot of fun and we're still learning a lot, but we'll never return tocommercial soaps!


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Barbara
Hi, my name is Barbara and I have been lurking (learning) for a while now.  Ihave not made soap yet but plan to after the season is over and I have thetime to do it right.  I live in central Missouri and do a variety ofcraftsbut my main line right now is dried floral and wood crafts.  I ammarried,
have 3 boys and also have a home daycare.
Anything else you want to know, just ask!

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Gwen

A little about me:

My name is Gwen and I am addicted to soapmaking.  My DH and I are full-timers (we live in a Recreational Vehicle all of the time).
At the present, we are living in North Carolina.  I have my soap in three small stores here, but we will be going south in two weeks.  One timeon a message board  a person stated that they could not make soap using lye, because they lived in a small apartment.  I'm glad that I didn't readthatbefore I started making soap, since I make soap in a motor home.  Can'tgetmuch smaller than that.

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Nicolle Field"

Junior in College (Social work with a minor in Women's Studies).  I have a very energetic 3 year old daughter, and I live in a small city (eventhoughit's one of the biggest in my state).
Hobbies:
I like to make things.... Anything.  I have done the following; paper making, pottery, painting, drawing, 2-d and 3-d design,beading,cooking,baking(sourdoughbread!!!mmmm..), candle making, knitting, and last but not leastSOAPIN'.
Soap History
This summer I was not working and only taking two classes.  I decided that Ineeded a new hobby.  I was interested in soap and bonsai trees.  (soapbecause I've always loved handmade soap...)I picked soap making after I did some research on how long it was going totake me to bonsai a tree.... something like 30 years......I started making soap this summer..  I did a few weeks of research becausethe thought of putting lye in anything scared the .... well it scaredme.After reading and looking at many books and WebPages, I decided that was how it was done... So, my boyfriend said, "hey my mom used to make goats milk soap when shelived in Texas, and she used to belong to a newsgroup that was all aboutsoap...."
And so it goes that I found a few mailing lists.  The first one was the Toiletries list... That did not work out for me because it is too advanced,and was not very responsive to the newbies...... and then I found the
soapnuts mailing list.. and Becky and Lori (and many others) hand walked me through the soap making process...
And Now:
I still make small 2 pound batches, but I have made several batches of soap. I started with Sandy Maine's recipe, but I have now developed one of myownthat seems to be a lot better, and contains no veg. shortening... (myboyfriend is an all natural soap freak!!!)
Future plans:
I have got an offer to sell my soap to a candle company (they want to make gift baskets).  Nothing is final yet, but it looks good.  So we'll see how that goes...
Company name for my soap.. (maybe) Keirstan's Handmade Bubbles...

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"J'son"
Well here it is, no secrets hiding here. :-)
I am just one of the Soapmaking Jan's (even if I am the oldest...Ha!)
My Bio:
I started making soap in April after taking a class on making cp soap. It was something I've wanted to do for years and just never got around to doing it. I am an eclectic crafter and rubber stamper so there wasalways something else to do and more cards to make. I sell my cards atlocal shops.
I found the Mining Co. BB and somebody on there wanted a recipe for Chocolate Soap. I, having just read this recipe, sent it off post haste. It was a one bar recipe. Seams so funny now. This person was our Loriand she had been making soap for 10 years. A one bar recipe was not what
she was looking for but we became fast friends. Me living in Washington and her living in Illinois. She helped me through many, many soap batches, good ones and bad ones. After my  first disaster (and I thoughtI would never make soap again) she said, "Now you are a real soapmaker",
and my email came up (instead of Jan) with Soapmaker Jan. (I still get tears remembering that time. ) I was a real soapmaker...nothing could stop me now. I made soap and made soap and have probably made 100 batches.
We found Becky's list and it just gets better and better. With all of you soapmaking friends out there, how could I ever have a problem that somebody couldn't solve. (even homework). :-)
Back to soap...I make three favorite bases of soap. I like the basic 7# batch with shortening and I like the Essential Bar from Cavitch and the Sunflower oil soap sure does make a nice lather. I'm always trying new ones and have about 6 different kinds I want to try (like Becky's Marshmallow soap and cooked soap and.....and...maybe there are more than
6).
I also like m&p soap (even after my disaster of getting scammed for $200) and just keep right on making more. I do shows when I can (I also have another job that keeps me hopping) and I'm loving every min. of it.
Well, that's more than you wanted to know. Soap has taken over my thoughts, my dreams, and most of my life. Oh ya, and my computer. :-)

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 Lori

My name is Lori, I'm 49 and I live on a 4 acre farm in northern Illinois.  I have 12 sheep and an angora goat that I raise for their wonderful wool.  I originally started making soap about 10 years ago when I heard that handmade soap was the best for washing sheep's wool.  Wrong!! But my experience with soapmaking was so rewarding and fun
that it soon took over as my favorite thing to do in the world!
I started with a basic lye and lard recipe that I acquired through  Red Devil Lye Co.  I wrote to the company requesting the recipe which they used to put on the label of the cans years ago. Eager and armedwith rubber gloves and goggles, I proceeded to make my first batch of soap.  It turned out okay, though I had nothing to compare it
to, and soapmaking in those days wasn't the craft it is now, so I was the only one I knew who had ever made it.  I was hooked from the start.  It was several years before I got into an all vegetablesoap recipe, and after 5 years, I started selling it. I have a smallbusiness started during my wool days called Lori's Laughing Lambs that has grown considerably since the addition of soap sales. Along with soap and woolen products, my husband and I also sell potpourri, hand painted folk art pieces, woodworks from barnwood, and antiques. We sell at Craft Fairs, Antique Flea Markets, and Farmer's Markets.  We recently renovated our goat barn into a shop
right here on the farm.  On a personal note, I recently became a Grammy for the first time!  Her name is Alyssa Lynn and she's absolutely delightful!  Can't get enough of her!  We live on ourfarm with 2 dogs, 2 cats, 12 sheep and goats, and a mess of uninvited mice.  Life is good!

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Sharon

I am 49 (Honest, not 50---49!!!) and married for 31 years.  I have three children, five grandchildren.  My husband and I moved to this small farm knowing nothing about farming.  Fortunately my neighbor is a rancher and he taught us about the livestock.  We already knew about gardening.  I have my own herb garden and piddle in my husband's vege. garden every year.  We freeze, can, dry, and smoke whatever we can.  Our goal is to be as self sufficient as possible.
I quilt, (do all types needle work except crochet and knit), garden, make toiletries, make soap (if you can call my non bubbly stuff soap.  But it sure is pretty and smells nice.  I'm going to keep trying).  I work in corrections during the day time and escape back to my piece of heaven as soon as I can every night.

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Carilee
My name is Carilee and I own the Candle Shop which is a candlemaking supply store.  Now I wish I would have given it a victorian name since I want to add victorian papers and as soon as our soaps get good enough thoses too. I just
love playing with the soap and fragrances and colors and soon I would like to add herbs and flowers too.
I have a 6 year old little boy and a hubby--who is just the greatest ;-).
Before my life in candles I ran a jeweler downtown and have since moved jewelers and I run 3 stores and my own so to say the least the day should have 48 hours in it.  I love both the candles and soaps so much and the jewelery but I hate to give up either.
I also raise ragdoll kitties and I had shown NSH and Arabians for 14 years until "the family" came along.


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Donna K Schrader
I am new to the art of soap making and have been lurking for several weeks now.  I am enjoying what I am learning and you all seem like a really nice bunch of people.  I hope someday to be able to add my 2 cents worth in on helping
someone else, like me who is just learning. Please be patient with me. LOL
thanks for letting me be on your wonderful list. Donna Schrader in
Alaska.

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 Jayne
I am Jayne  41 Yr. old mom..2 girls  age 4 and 5.  Moved up north to "the sticks" in Michigan  about 8 yrs. ago with DH.  Still work part time as an ophthalmic asst. in a pediatric office 2 days a week (cut down once the girls were born)  Job is in Grand Rapids 1 hr. from home. Wish I could stay home everyday and make soap (and other things)  But,
have to make the buck, you know.  Anyway, I love the chit chat and friendliness in the group..wish we could all get together.  Can you imagine?  Not enough wine in the fridge, haha..

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Kathleen Caryl
Hello all,
My name is Kathleen & I am in Toronto Canada. I am willing to try just about anything with soap ; )  My most recent experiment was casting M&P soap in snow. Like sandcasting candles etc. Results were "interesting"
The main problem was the the outside of the soap absorbed too much snow so it was kinda gummy. Futher experiments are pending.
That bio bit:
I am a full time soaper with an SO, dog & cat. I do M&P, CP, HP along with a bunch of other crafts when I have time. However, I no longer do food, beyond calling the piazza man.

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Jan Baznik(Baz)
 As I first became interested in home made soap, I discovered Melt and Pour Soap Base. I played around with that starting in the summer of 1998; made some beautiful hand crafted soaps - enough to sell at local craft fairs and plenty to give as Christmas gifts. These soaps were so well received, I began thinking about making soap from scratch. In December of 1998, I "birthed" my first batch of soap, and will never return to the store to buy this item! As a maker of Old Fashioned Clear Candy, the only problems I have encountered are focused on my 80 year old Father in Law who attempts to eat my soap thinking it is candy! As a professional still needing to earn a living (I'm 49), I work as a therapist in the rehabilitation of court adjudicated seriously delinquent teenage boys (sexual offenders). I work in a state run residential facility in New Castle Pennsylvania. Work is very stressful, and my candy and soap creations provide me with a sense of gratification
not routinely internalized in my line of work. A note to browsers who have not yet tried making soap, but are
contemplating: This is one of the most substantial, in terms of
gratification, endeavors I have attempted. Not only do you have a ball researching, and then finally making the soap, but the rewards continue as you USE your new creations in a relaxing bath or shower. An added bonus as you begin to give your soaps to family and friends comes as they ohhh and ahhh, giving you a true sense of accomplishment and appreciation! I urge anyone who has come so far as to read my humble
ramblings to seriously consider making soap a try.

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Jo-Anne
Hi this is Jo-Anne
I live in Raetihi, Central North Island, New Zealand
I have a husband, Peter, a 20 year old and 18 year old who live away from home, a nearly 3 year old "Helper" and a dog named Charlie. I love making soap and experimenting and do sell some at Craft Shows. I started making it in December 1998 I also love swapping with overseas people.
I collect Magnets
I cross stitch , crochet, appliqué and lots of other craft type of
things as well

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Shelley
I live in Michigan. I met Becky (our list mom)  last fall, when I
began making M&P soaps along with various other toiletries, she has been encouraging me to make cp soap for the longest time but I was afraid of the Lye:) I finally am over the fear and have now made 5 batches (addict-addict-addict) including one of the ugliest  soaps I have ever seen. Thats when Becky said that I was an official newbie soaper, I almost cried, then when she suggested an ugly soap swap all I could do was laugh, here I was with soap I was ready to toss, and
She suggest sending it to several people(so everyone could get a laugh I guess)  I am proud to be a soapnut I can't wait till I get a chance to meet you all.

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Su-Ann
Hi,  my name is Su-Ann,  I live in Sebastian, Florida but I'm originally from Long Island, New York.   I've been  in Florida for 11 years am married for 25 years,  have 2 grown children.  My son is married and has a 2 year old boy (the love of my life) and they are expecting again in June.  I own a nail salon in town called The Perfect 10 Nail Boutique.  I work only  on
Friday and Saturday,  the other days I watch my grandson and make M&P soap.  I'd love to try the other toiletries and will as soon as things slow down.  Glad I came aboard.

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Laura B in TN
I'm a 34 year old SAHM to a great son and wife to a darling Hubby.  I enjoy
M&P, CP, salts, lotion bars, lotions, etc.  I love talking to all my 'net
friends, and am on way too many soaping lists!  Hubby is my life-mate and
soap-mate.  We have a whole lotta fun making our "stuff"!  I call him my
soap-slave-boy.  But he likes it.  (grin)

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Jessica
I'm a 30 year old stay-at-home-mom of a nearly 2 1/2 yr old and a 6 month
old. I live in Seattle. I've been making soap and toiletries 7 months. I'm
just starting up a business. My business website:
www.rose-kim.com

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Beth
Hi!  My name is Beth Costa.  I live in my dream home on 5 acres in northern IL.  Newly married just over a year to the most wonderful man in the world and loving every minute of it!  I am 30 yrs old and currently have 2 beagle children.  Decided to start making soap as a 'job' (if you can call it that! LOL) when my chemist job moved to Arizona and  we decided not to make the move with the company.  We made the first batch on my 30th birthday and I've been hooked ever since.  It is so nice to be able to talk with other people who understand my obsession with soap making.  Besides making soap, I am bordering on a rabbit freak (love them), and enjoy walking the beagles, traveling, rubberstamping, art and being outdoors and of course, spending lots of time with Bill (he's the DH!).  I love this list and all the versatile opinions contained in it!  If you're ever going to be in the Rockford area, drop in and see me!  Bring some soap!  :)

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Gramma-Sandra
Upstate New York
I have a lot of medical experience in my background, but left my career 10
years ago to stay home and care for my new grand daughter.  My daughter
needed to finish school and be able to make a career for herself and I chose
to stay at home rather than have our grandchild with strangers.
So, I just couldn't stand still as I have worked for so many years.  I
decided to look into soap making as it was something that I wanted to do for
myself.  Well, through giving gifts of my home made soap to friends and
family, they kept asking for more.  Then I decided to make a bunch of soap
and start selling it for craft fairs and Bluegrass Festivals which we attend
anyway.

It went very well, the sales got better and better.  I now have quite a few
wholesale accounts in the US and one in Turkey!  I have a 44 page web site
that opened this past September and it has been slowly growing sales for me.
So, now the grandchildren have moved away (150 miles) where Mom got a really
good job and I am left with a new career.

One of my short range goals is to get Home Parties going and then train
people to do them, so that I can just stay home and make soap.  I tried to
retire, but have found that I don't care for that too much.

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Jen F.
I am Jen F in San Diego, CA. I am 26 and will have
been married a year in Feb 2001. I have made several
CP batches and am hooked!
This all started because I bought a homemade bar at a
festival and my husband wondered how hard it was to
make it. Well, I started doing research and joined
several lists and jumped right in. I'm hoping to get a
small business going next year.

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Khadijah
My name is Khadijah, I currently live in New York state, though my family and I seem to be of a rather nomadic bent(smile). I grew up in Wisconsin and have lived all over the place in the last seven years, we finally bought a house, what is known as a handyman's special (smile). I have five children (so far!), all home schooled, and two cats and a wonderful husband.  I make dolls, and all sorts of bath and body items, my favorite of which is SOAP! 
I have been using and studying about herbs for ages, I finally got to have my first (organic) garden last year, and am taking Rosemary Gladstar's herbalism course.  I'm a Muslim, so I can't post a picture, but I like to tell folks to picture a National Geographic cover on, say Arabian nomads, Afghanistan, or Yemen.  That's me, more or less, with me grandmum's Irish blue eyes peeking out!
I have two sites:
For Muslim women www.sumayyahs-garden.com
And for my business www.smallkindnesses.com

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Cyndi Norman
Cyndi <cnorman@best.com>.  I am 36 and live in Oakland, Calif.  I make hot
process soap and toiletries.  I am disabled with multiple chemical
sensitivity and other things and my soaps are designed for people with
MCS.  I use organic ingredients and no fragrance or synthetics in my
products.  I live with my SO and our 19 year old gray kitty.
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Cyndi Norman                                      cyndi@consultclarity.com
      Owner of the Immune Website & Lists http://www.immuneweb.org/
Tikvah -- Organic and Natural Products              http://www.tikvah.com/
 Handcrafted organic soaps & cosmetics, beeswax candles, safety equipment
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Patti Sharp
Hereford, Arizona
I live in the high desert of south east Arizona..we live on almost 5 acres and have a few goats who are expecting at the end of March. 
I make almost exclusively goat milk soap, but I do make my specialty shea soap and cocoa butter soaps, along with candles made into novelty southwest shapes..other hobbies include quilting, leatherwork, Native American crafts, woodworking, and sewing.  I also have a wolfdog, and 5 cockatiels and worked as a veterinary technician for 20 years before I became disabled.  I love to keep busy, as you can see! 
My web page is:     http://hometown.aol.com/matonagi/myhomepage/index.html

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