We sat down with Maura of wickedly good Sisters Wicked Good Soap
to hear how she does it! Visit her this Saturday at the market!
First, handmade soap is so good for your skin, it contains glycerin. Glycerin is a natural byproduct that is made this soaping process and is extremely moisturizing, which is why some commercial soap companies remove the glycerin and use it to make moisturizers. But handmade soap is good for your skin because it has no harsh chemicals and the glycerin remains in the soap, providing deep moisturizing benefits.
But it’s the goat’s milk that’s make the soap awesome! Everything about goat’s milk in good for you inside and out, it contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help skin cells. Goat’s milk also contains vitamins A, C, E and some B vitamins, along with amino acids, citric acid, enzymes, unsaturated fatty acids and zinc all of which nourish skin. And goat’s milk contains caprylic acid, making goat’s milk soap an alkaline product with a low pH, close to that of human skin. This allows better delivery of moisture and nutrients from the soap and prevents dryness. (well you asked) and it’s a mild exfoliate…it’s not gritty but has a creamy lather that gently removes dry, dead skin cells and because of all the awesome properties I mentioned it nourishes the new skin.
3. What’s the story behind your business name?
The symbol for our soaps has Celtic roots and this swirling design of the triskel has been found on carving that pre date the pyramids. It is also a representation of the goddess and the three aspects of women and we love having a feminine connection to our product. Our actual name comes from the fact we are sisters …our soap is good and she’s wicked. (I mean really wicked!)
Favorite bar…that’s a tough one. I go through phases as to which soap I prefer …Right now…I’m stuck between Lavender and Lemongrass, but I’ve also just made a new soap called Black Sheep, made using activated charcoal and of course goat’s milk with a warm vanilla based fragrance and I think may become my new fav!
5. Tell us about your use of local ingredients.
The goat’s milk we use in our recipes comes from Beltane Farm.
We celebrate family … I am very blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people and spend as much time possible with them enjoying music, dance and sports (entire family is on the same softball team). I kayak regularly (with my not so wicked sister) and get great pleasure (and therapy) tending the patch of earth of I call my garden.7. What’s one thing you want everyone to know about your business?
We’d like folks to know that we use sustainable practices in producing our soaps especially concerning palm oil and use only organic sustainable palm oil.
We’d also like to mention that Sisters Wicked Good Soap is gentle for your skin. And while I love to ‘paint with soap’ and create beautiful designs I beg you all please don’t eat the samples LOL because it doesn’t taste as good as it looks!
8. What are the best and hardest things about being in this industry?
I love working in the Market…I love interacting with the people …the folks who support City Seed Farmers Market are great…they bring their kids and dogs …they gather around and chat in groups…it’s a wonderful social event. The hardest part of selling soap in the market…RAIN (and I know we need it). It’s just hard sometimes to let people know they can order ahead of time and I’ll have their soaps securely wrapped ahead of time.