Back in 2018, my friend Marla referred Doug Beube to me. Doug is an artist, and was looking to use soap as a medium for one of his projects. He needed a pure white, hard soap. It wasn’t as simple as it sounds.
Doug and I emailed for a few months before he and his assistant took a private soap making class. After the class, we spoke a few more times, troubleshooting the problems and tweaking the recipe.
I checked my email and the last time I had contact with Doug was in the summer of 2019. He told me his project was moving forward, slow and steady.
So today, there was a package on my front porch, and for once, it was for me. (If you know anything about my husband, you know most packages that come to my house are for him) I had ordered socks, and the box was small enough to contain them. Imagine my surprise when I opened it and found this beautiful Thank You soap from Doug.
Enclosed is an example of the success of your instructions you gave me in 2019. Alter many experiments of trial and error with the soapmaking process I figured out a formula that works for my needs for the correct proportions of coconut oil with other ingredients. My project is going well and I hope to finish soon with making many soap bars and cutting text into the soaps. I’m grateful for the time you spent to initiate me into the process, I’m grateful.
I hope you and your family are healthy and well
Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
I am so grateful for this beautiful soap! I love to collaborate with other makers, and this is the first time I collaborated with an artist. Here is a video and pictures of his exhibit “Wash” in New Zealand.
I’ve learned so much from working with others. I truly believe when we support each other and collaborate, the world becomes a nicer place. And who doesn’t want to live in a nicer place?
I’m looking forward to attending Doug’s soap exhibit when it comes to the US.
Yours in Gratitude,