Today we’d like to introduce you to Magie d’Anjou.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up, my parents always had a garden; herbs, aloe, nopales, fruit trees. I learned from a young age to try the natural remedy first. All of my products are made with natural herb-infused oils. My story begins at being an avid recycler. It is very important to me to reduce, reuse, and recycle. I avoid single-use plastics as much as I can and I wanted to ditch another plastic bottle from my life by making my own shampoo bar.
I have sensitive skin and have had somewhat of an obsession with soap and I wanted a hobby, so soap and natural product making seemed like the natural thing to do. Applying what I already knew about natural remedies and learning about other herbs and how to use them has been very satisfying. Soap makes us all feel good. You get in the shower whether it be hot or cold and you clean yourself and reenergize and you feel good!
Fine Ugly Soap is committed to advocating for the planet and helping others ditch another plastic from their lives.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’m partially disabled that holds me back a bit physically. I’m often in so much pain that I can’t stand. I also have little kids (9, 4, 2) and I have full-time job. I make soap on my days off, I’m often so tired that I think of quitting the side hustle. I feel like I can’t keep going, but then I think of my 9-5 and it keeps me focused.
Fine Ugly Soap – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in all-natural palm oil-free herb-infused soaps and other natural skin products.
Some of the ingredients I use in my products are foraged from local cemeteries (dandelions) and parks (lavender). I also often get herbs from my neighbors and friends. Our yard is very small, but we also have an herb garden. This year I’m growing my own loofas to use in my soaps.
I think my customers love that my products are made with high quality natural and organic ingredients and by someone local. There’s been an awakening and people want to support small businesses because they know that’s where quality and workmanship will be at its best.
I am proud of being able to make products that make people feel good and at a reasonable price so that more people can afford to treat themselves with a little self-care.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Being part of the Alma Backyard Farms grocery kit giveaway because people from my community get to take home a little Fine Ugly Soap in their grocery kits. I’ve had several customers tell me they got a little soap in their grocery kit and how great their skin felt. Many people in my community don’t have access or know that there’s natural options for health and beauty products and these products might be what their skin needs. I’m glad that 200 people every two weeks get to try my soap and feel good.
- All-natural hand poured soaps $7 /with loofa $8
- Products $7 – $32
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