Local soap maker creates unique products you won’t find in stores – St George News


ST. GEORGE-When a Hurricane woman searched for natural body products, she discovered the ability to make them herself, adding a cheerful splash of shapes, colors and scents you won’t find in stores.

Maryann McCarthy, owner of Soak and Lather Soaps, smiles for the camera, St. George, Utah, August 1, 2022 | Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George News

Designer Maryann McCarthy said that upon learning she was pregnant, she stopped using bath and body products such as shampoos, conditioners and lotions, due to their harmful ingredients. She decided to replace commercial products with things like baking soda and no poo shampoo. When her sister gave her a bar of natural soap she had bought at a local market, she became interested in making the products herself.

“I really try to educate people on why natural soap is good for you and commercial soaps, which are basically just detergents and how badly they hurt your skin,” McCarthy said. .

Through her research, McCarthy found a soap-making course at Utah Tech University. Most of the students in the class didn’t make soap, so she made some at home and sold it to her classmates. That’s when she realized she might be able to turn something she loved into a full-time business.

While continuing to learn through YouTube videos of various professional soap makers, she added bath salts, bath bombs, scrubs, and lotions to her product line. She put a creative twist on each, like bath bombs shaped like watermelons, peaches, and other unique shapes.

“It was kind of obsessive and crazy when I started. I would even wake up in the middle of the night with ideas. I was looking for knowledge and learning more every day,” McCarthy said.

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Gift set from Soak and Lather includes handmade candles, scrunchies, lip balm, bath bomb and soap, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Maryann McCarthy, St. George News

In August 2019, in his hometown of Hurricane, McCarthy launched his soap business – Soak and Lather Soaps. With a husband whose job often moved them, they moved to Texas, where they lived for two years. She continued her soap business online through Etsy but was not comfortable going to local markets and getting started due to a lack of support without family.

“When we came back to Hurricane I was like okay, now I’m home with my family where I feel comfortable,” McCarthy said. “My mom suggested I attend my first farmer’s market, so I finally did, and it kind of took off from there.”

Although she’s always had a natural ability to take things and put them together, McCarthy said she wasn’t always so confident about her creative side.

“As a kid, it was a weird thing for me to be a maker,” McCarthy said. “Doing things was weird and strange to other people and no one ever really thought it was really cool. I want to inspire people and women to do what they do naturally because we’ve been conditioned not to not be ourselves.

McCarthy said people often have abilities that cultures may not recognize as special skills and worry about the judgment of others. Although she was inspired by many other artisans, McCarthy also hopes to inspire others. And to remember that the only real competition they have is themselves.

“I think we’re all naturally creators,” McCarthy said. “I want other women, in particular, to get in touch with that side of themselves and embrace it.”

Maryann McCarthy stands at her booth, location and date not specified |  Photo courtesy of Maryann McCarthy, St. George News
Maryann McCarthy stands at her booth, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Maryann McCarthy, St. George News

During the pandemic, McCarthy used her Etsy shop Soak and Lather Soaps to switch gears and provide face masks and scrub caps when they were desperately needed. She mass-produced over 1,000 in a short time and also donated them to local churches, schools and hospitals.

“I can do all kinds of things. And it felt like something that was really needed at the time,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy is currently working on creating shampoo and conditioner bars to add to the Soak and Lather line. Her company currently offers handmade soaps, bath bombs, tea bath salts, lip balms, face masks, lotion bars, flaxseed eye pillows, tea salts, ‘Epson, candles, shaving kits for men with shaving soaps, scented rollers and sprays, and gift sets. .

Products from Soak and Lather Soaps can be seen locally inside both Muddy Bee Bakery in the hurricane and Saint-Georges Massage. Shop her Etsy shop hereor visit its stand at the weekly Washington Covered Market. Follow Soak and Lather on Facebook, instagram and ICT Tac to see the soap making process and available products.

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