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It was Christmas 2002, when my entire concept of soap as I knew it was turned upside down and around. My whole life, I was using shower gels and body washes like it was the best thing for me, like I was spoiling myself. Little did I know it, I WAS spoiling myself, but not in a good way! Some friends of mine gave me a bag of roughly cut chunks of homemade soaps. I didn't think much of it at the time, but one day I decided to try one in the shower. I couldn't believe how amazing it made my skin feel. I remember when the bar shrank down to a sliver, I actually started to panic! I decided I needed to study this lost art and introduce my new found addiction to many more people. After months of research and experimentation, The Soap Kitchen was born in Old Pasadena, CA. It's been over a decade now, and I'm still thankful everyday that I get to do what I love while helping to cleanse the world naturally, one handmade bar at a time.
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My Mom brings such a beautiful presence to The Soap Kitchen. She and my Dad have been entrepreneurs since before I was born. I am so thankful for all her help with this venture, and I'm so lucky that I get to spend time with her on a daily basis. She is the fastest soap wrapper on the planet, although my brother, Jimmy, gives her some serious competition. On the weekends, you can see my dad here with her, labeling soaps and bags and anything else that a 90+ year young man can do. Simply adorable!
Attention All Soap Lovers!
The Soap Kitchen is truly one of California's Gold! We had the wonderful pleasure of spending the day with the late, great Huell Howser, and showing him what goes on behind the scenes in our busy kitchen.
If you missed it or do not live in southern California, you can watch the full episode on our YouTube Channel here: https://youtu.be/6NTzE9l9t30 or click below to watch the trailer!