This week I’ve been thinking of my soapy Long Island friends. There are quite a few soap makers on Long Island. I love these ladies for many of the same reasons. We place orders together so we can save on shipping. We collaborate and talk over soap problems we may be having. I love knowing I can make a phone call and borrow some shea butter or rosemary essential oil from them if I find myself running low. I’ve been known to send business to them, and they’ve returned the favor. (Why would I pass on selling someone soap? There are lots of reasons. I don’t use fragrance oils, so if you want a watermelon scented soap I’m not your girl. Some people I meet want a palm oil free soap. That’s not me either. I’ve cut back on palm oil in my soap recipe but I still use it. I’d rather do what I do well and send a potential customer to a friend)
I’m grateful for..
Diane from Peace Soap because she has an amazing eye for color. She was a floral designer in her former life. I love spending time in her soap studio, it’s airy and cheerful and reflects her personality.
Kathy from Karmic Alchemy has her niche honed so well. She meditates before designing a new product for guidance. Kathy is my go-to when I need to borrow something, we live about a mile apart.
Roslyne from Maya India Spa and Jen from In2ition Mercantile for being my Long Island Indie Business Network buddies. These are the soapy friends on Long Island I started with. Jen opened a shop and Roslyne just finished writing a book.
Then there are the new soap friends I’m making. My soap making students are potential soap friends. I reach out in my Facebook soap groups to Long Island soap makers. I also try to make the rounds at events I do to meet other people. Some soap makers don’t take well to my attempts to make friends. I’m guessing they feel I’m competition. I understand where they’re coming from and don’t take it personally. However, most soap makers are open to me, and I’m grateful for that.
What are you grateful for this week?
Yours in Gratitude,