Sunday, April 1, 2012

Still Settling In

I am still settling in and figuring out all the ins and outs of blogging.  I decided to use Blogger in order to create a blog that will be easy to follow and find.

So here I sit, in front of the computer trying to decide what to post today.

On March 15th we celebrated our 3rd anniversary and I realized that even after 3 years this business continues to evolve, just as a child does.  Three years ago I wouldn't have believed what Malaspina Soap Factory has achieved.  I started out wanting to make a simple soap; one that be contain this and that, but not that and the other thing.  I've discovered I like this, that and the other thing, and so do my customers.  I have discovered that people respond when you are passionate about something; they will understand when your belief system is not their's if you respect where their path is taking them too.

The one thing that has not changed in the 3 years of business is requiring the best quality ingredients.  Through this undying and unchanging requirement I have been able to design 3 totally different lines of soap.  One satisfies my need to honour those who have come before me, to the homesteaders in my family who believed, and still do, that you don't waste anything, that you treat the land with respect thanking it for what it provides you.  I am fortunate enough to have been able to churn butter, milk a cow and get the eggs. There were some things I was just too much a city girl to handle, but my grandparents still insisted I experience them at least once. For them I developed my homesteader line of products which has tallow, lanolin, egg, goat milk, all types of dairy and most of all, respect.

After that we remember that not everyone shares our lifestyle choices and for them I developed a line respecting the beliefs of those who prefer to not have animal products in their soaps.  And then for those that wish to take it one step further I have created the Savon de Naturelle line of soaps.  This product line is created using vegetable oils & fruit butters as well as infused oils, herbs, botanicals, & clays to create colour.  Essential Oils to create a beautiful scent.

I do know that I can't please everyone, but oh man, I am going to try.

I must also say that there have been so very many people who have inspired me.  Other soap makers have inspired me from day one and helped me discover that I can push out of the box because of the other side of that self-imposed wall are so many new ways of thinking, creating and doing.

Hmmm, this is beginning to sound like a thank you speech.... perhaps it is.  As I move forward with this blog, I will tell you what I created, how I made it and I promise, lots of pictures.  We'll talk about different products that I offer from humble castille (100% Olive Oil) soaps to shampoos and all the way to shaving products.  I hope you'll visit often, make suggestions and ask questions.

C'ya soon!


  1. Beautifully written. You have come so far along your journey now that you can evolve your passion and business to whatever level your heart desires.

    "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, It can achieve." ~ Napoleon Hill

  2. Tanya, thank you! I still love what I do and the journey it has taken me on.

  3. I love reading about your continued passion for this art form *yes it is an art form!*

    Keep it up!