CRAFTED is always buzzing with activity, so “TAKE FIVE” gives us a chance to take a break and learn a little bit about the artists who make the market great!
1)Tell us about the birth of Pretty and Perky. How did it get started?
Pretty & Perky was born in May under the blue moon of Megatron, when the star of Loki crossed the moon of Han Solo. Ok you caught me… I really don’t have a fancy origin story.
About 16 years ago I watched the movie Fight Club, and along with checking out the sexy sweaty men (there’s no need to pretend like you all weren’t staring), I learned that soap making was just adding a solution of sodium hydroxide to fat. After reading a few soap making books, I drove over to Home Depot, picked up a container of Red Devil Lye, and headed over to the nearest liposuction clinic. I was pretty bummed out because they were not interested in upcycling their fat, so I had to go to our nearest supermarket and pickup a gallon of olive oil. *I’m totally kidding with the liposuction story… they were very nice people.
After making countless batches of weird soap for years and forcing family and friends to use them, I finally improved my skills enough to make stuff that people actually enjoyed. I still remember all of the weirdly shaped bars of soap my poor husband had to use (what a trooper).
Soap making was basically a fun hobby I did for years until 2012 when I decided to step into the world of entrepreneurship.
2) What is the best part of being Pretty and Perky?
The best part of making bath, body and home scenting products is being able to create something that you can use and enjoy. It’s like being a chef without all of the added calories.
Stirring the soap cauldron and mumbling mystical chants is pretty awesome too… oh wait did I let that slip out??
3) What makes Pretty and Perky unique?
Our products are unique because I try to blend all of the fragrances myself. Having fun and interesting fragrance combinations is sort of our signature.
4) What is the craziest lesson you’ve learned while working on Pretty and Perky?
One of the main lessons I’ve learned is to be more flexible in all situations. Whether it’s supplies arriving late, colors not being exactly the same from batch to batch, or even the weather challenging me, I’ve tried to figure out a way to make it work. The language may get a little salty while I’m trying to be “flexible”, but I get it done lol.
5) Which product/scent in your line do you most like?
Right now I’m really enjoying our Japanese Mint Loofah Soaps. The soap is very moisturizing because of the shea butter, the built in loofah exfoliates really well, and the mint essential oil leaves my skin feeling tingly. With this hot weather, I’m all about the tingle!