I have to credit my daughter, Sarah, for the spark that became Ellenby Handmade. Sarah took up soap-making as a hobby several years ago, and took up my kitchen as her base of operations. There was a flurry of new activity in my kitchen, processes and ingredients I hadn't seen before, and wonderful fragrances (literally) under my nose. How could I not be interested?
Well, Sarah moved on to other pursuits - but I kept making soap. We used it at home. I gave gifts of soap to the extended family and friends. After a while I started to get requests for custom soap orders and gift baskets...
And now, 8 years (and many, many batches of soap) after Sarah's kitchen invasion, with Ellenby Handmade soap selling briskly in local gift shops, it seemed time to make the soap more widely available.
My hope is to give everyone an alternative to commercial soaps that's uniquely beautiful and fragrant, but ALSO gentle and good for your skin.