Sunday, January 15, 2012


Let me introduce you to some of my Indie friends.From left to right we have Francis Grillo, Roslyn Johnson of Mayaindia, Eva Stuglovics of Soapistication (, Melissa Rivera of Naturally Good Soaps (, Kim Allen, me, Patricia Robbins of Sea Blossoms Soaps ( Sue Nadel of You Scent Me (  Stephanie Bismuth of Skin Caring Soaps, and Delores Harris of Daisy May Natural Soap ( Aren't we a great looking bunch?? We are all members of Indie Beauty ( and we try to get together once a month to eat, laugh and talk soap. 

Now for the questions. Why am I friends with other soap makers? I love talking soap with others who share my passion. I learn so much from them.  Aren't we competitors?  Yes and not really.  What do we do when we see each other?  Besides the usual girl talk, we chat about classes we are taking, fairs we are attending, products we are making, and problems we are having. And here is the big one. Why do I talk and share with my "competitors"?   Shouldn't I keep all my information to myself?  Why do I want to help any of them? Well, if I thought like that I would not have found the sense of community I have with these women.  We help each other out by sharing our resources and supporting one another. If I run out of cocoa butter, I know I can call Roslyn and buy some from her until my order comes in.  When I got my first wholesale order, I called Pat to give me some pointers and a pep talk. Sue was the one I wanted to smell the natural perfumes I created, since she has a great "nose".  And best of all, we can place orders for ingredients together, saving all of us (and our customers) money. Isn't this an unusual way to run a business?  Maybe, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Thanks Ladies!!

Yours in Gratitude,


  1. Great picture! Looks like you all had a great time.

  2. It was a ton of fun and we missed you Marla!

  3. The camaraderie our industry possesses is amazing! Can't wait to hook up with my NYC buddies!

  4. And we look forward to meeting with all of you guys in NJ too!