Well hello there and welcome to Organic Soak! My name is Nancy, and I would love to share the story behind why I started Organic Soak, and hopefully inspire others who want to forge their own path when it comes to developing unique, natural products for bath, body and home.
As a teen, I struggled desperately with my skin. I suffered from Psoriasis and eczema, and once I hit adolescence, a SERIOUS case of oily skin and acne. As a result, I developed an obsession with any new skin care product on the market that claimed it would give me perfect, smooth, gorgeous skin.
None of them worked for me.
By the time I'd reached high school, I'd managed to get my skin somewhat back in order, using a combination of natural products (sorry mom, it was me who kept using up all the eggs), and concoctions I'd find in my latest edition of Seventeen Magazine. I learned as much as I could about skin, pores, nutrition, alkaline vs acidic solutions - you name it. If it had to do with the epidermis, I knew more than the average joe about it.
When it came time for me 'do something with my life', I ended up going to college for business and marketing. I earned a degree back in 1997, and started my journey in a software company FILLED with all kinds of creative tech geniuses. I loved it. I thrived in the fast paced, cutting edge environment. Pitching new products, marketing to new territories, strategizing, positioning - it was craaaazy fun. But the skin care bug never truly left me.
Eventually I got married, started my family, and ended up taking some time off from the frenetic corporate world. I decided to take my skin care interests to the next level by going to back to school for Cosmetology. I loved it. So much that I even taught it for a few years. I learned SO MUCH MORE about skin and product ingredients. And with a license, I was able to take my 'home concoctions' to a whole new level!
Shortly after the birth of my second child, I had a flash of insight. If I have experience marketing products, am passionate and knowledgeable about skin, hair, product ingredients, natural solutions, and have a license to back it up, why don't I create something of my own? While I needed to use organic and all natural products, I never really did like the overly earthy options that were available to me. I wanted to smell like unicorns and rainbows (just like the other girls), and I wanted the products I used to also LOOK beautiful too. So I filled the niche by developing something that encompassed all of those things - natural, healthy for the skin and environment, gorgeous, indulgent, and luxurious. And that's how Organic Soak came to be.
Organic Soak specializes in handmade, all natural products. Some even certified organic. I've custom formulated most of this product myself, and what I don't make needs to pass MY strict standards before it gets the OS stamp of approval. I strongly believe that things that are good for you CAN lather, be luxurious, and smell even more amazing than the synthetic chemically-infused junk out there today. And it doesn't need to cost a fortune either!
I think we all want to do better, skin and hair obsessed or not. And by incorporating a better alternative into the products we use on the largest organ of our bodies (our skin), we're doing just that.
Self care is important. Doing what you love is important. If I can impart any wisdom from this journey I've been on, it's to never give up on your dreams, don't take no for an answer, and always give back when you can.
Lather on, my friends!