What’s in your bar? Happy Lane Soap Company

One of the things I love most about this blog (& our life) is that it’s not always about us. Just like you, it truly is the people in our lives that make it such an incredible journey.  Today I am SO EXCITED get to the opportunity to introduce you to one of the incredible people in my life, my friend Heather and her company, Happy Lane Soap Company.

The first time I met Heather was during an outdoor boot-camp in the prime of Texas summer heat (Literally, it was like 107+).  I should have realized just how determined and hard-working she was from that boot-camp.  Several seasons have passed since that Texas summer and as her friend I have gotten to watch her gracefully achieve something EVERY mother I know strives for, the elusive balance between motherhood and business. As if that weren’t amazing enough, she is one of the most genuine & hilarious people I’ve met. This girl is just cool, y’all. Now to properly introduce you…..

Heather of Happy Lane Soap Company

Ok, let’s give everyone a little intro about yourself & your family……

I’m Heather. I’ve been married to my husband for over ten years, and we have a two-year old son and a ten-year old long-haired dachshund. I have a degree in finance, and I worked on the business end of public educations for about six years. I started making soap about six years ago. I quit my job last July to stay at home with our son and to really focus on making soap.

Happy Lane Soap CoHave you always been interested in soaps? What made you want to start Happy Lane Soap Company?

First, let me say, I never, EVER thought I’d be one of those people who start their own business. My very limited skill set wasn’t conducive to starting a business from the ground up. There’s less of a market for killer Ipod playlists than you’d think. (Ha!) The soap business sort of solidified under my feet. My good friend initially inspired me. She made great soap from time to time. When we had a bar around, my husband’s eczema nearly disappeared. When he went back to the commercial soaps, it came back with a vengeance, so I decided to give soap a try. A batch makes a lot, so I started sharing it with close friends and family. Eventually, I got brave enough to branch out and try new kinds of soap, and people started buying from me. Once the intimidation associated with the science of the process started to fade, a love for soap making gobbled up that void. This wasn’t just a hobby anymore. It was more serious than that. I had to decide on a company name. Since I literally lived on Happy Lane at the time, I didn’t have to think too hard. I’ve always loved the word “happy”, the emotion it stirs, and I loved the idea of having a product that might make other people happy too. Soap making quickly became a passion for me. When you see what a difference something as simple as soap can make to some people, it’s hard not to feel a fire in your heart. You want to soak up every bit of knowledge you can and improve with each day.

Our family has taken several steps to eliminate chemicals in our life. Happy Lane soaps are now a part of that too. What is the main consideration someone should think about when selecting a soap to use?

Read the ingredients, research the ingredients, and determine what you can and can’t live with. The skin is the largest organ, and it’s important to be careful about what you put on it. For me, the two things I can’t live with in a product are sulphates and parabens. While the FDA has deemed them both to be safe, personally, I feel very uncomfortable with them. At the end of the day, it’s not worth the risk when I have the option to avoid it all together. Before I really dove into the world of soap making and body products, I didn’t put much thought into what went into those things. As I did research, it became important to me to try to provide a product that I felt good about putting on the people I loved the most. The thing is.. I feel like everyone deserves that… not just my family. Everyone should have a choice.

Happy Lane Soap Company

Our family loves using your products and it seems we each have a favorite. What are your top-selling scents? What scent does your family use the most of?

Our all time best-selling scent is Almond. I make more Almond Milk-Soap than any other soap, and I never get tired of smelling it. Peppermint is the second best seller, and Lavender is the third. Our family uses whatever is leftover after I cut the loaves of soap. I like to borrow a term from barbecuing and call them my “burnt ends.” They are the irregular pieces of soap or the batches that don’t turn out quite like I feel they should. The soap in our shower constantly changes. I’ve been contemplating taking a bar of Lemon Earl Grey Soap out of inventory lately, though, simply because I love how it smells. Haha!

Now that we’re all friends…..Whats the best way for everyone to stay connected with you & Happy Lane Soap Company? 

We have our website, www.bathehappy.com. You can read customer reviews there. We are also on Facebook at Happy Lane Soap. You can find us on both Instagram and Twitter at HappyLaneSoap. We love to interact and hear from our customers. Our goal is to always improve, and our hope is that we can make people’s days just a little bit better along the way.

***Over the next few weeks Heather is going to share an awesome DIY with us and possibly a giveaway too. Stay tuned! In the meantime, be sure to check out Happy Lane Soap Company here & Be sure to come back and comment below with your favorite scent.

Comments

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    says

    That is great that the business just kind of happened, usually those are the best ones. I can tell you from experience that I would pay just about anything for a soap that would stop eczema, we have two of us that suffer from it in our house and I buy handmade soap because it does not cause it.
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    says

    Hi, everyone! Thanks for all the love! Your kind words mean so much to me!

    Deedee, a lot of my customers swear by the Almond Milk-Soap when it comes to eczema. My husband uses whatever we have in the shower at the time (which is always remnants of a batch of soap I’ve made), his stays under control. He even takes it with him when he travels!

    Becca, I’d recommend the Lavender Peppermint Goat Milk Soap for dry skin. Goat’s milk is renowned for it’s moisturizing properties. It leaves your skin feeling moisturized but not greasy.
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    Lp says

    Heather I love your soaps! Your citrus scent is one of my favorites. I prefer your bar soaps to hair shampoo and use it instead. Keep up the good work producing these quality products!!!

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    Congrats on your business! It definitely is scary to leave the workforce and try to start up your own business, but it sounds like you are doing a fabulous job at running a successful soap business and holding down the family. Kudos to you!
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    Thanks for all the kind words and for checking my website out! If you love what you do, then you never work a day in your life. I love doing the “work,” and I love the opportunity to touch other people’s lives in, hopefully, a positive way!! Thanks, everyone!
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    says

    I’m taking measures to remove the chemicals from my families life too. I did start my own business like this twice before. I did quite well with it but it wasn’t something I wanted to do long term. It’s good that it works so well for you and you can feel good about the products. That makes a huge difference in how good your business will be.
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