My name is Joy. I am the owner of Center Street Soap Co along with my husband Tim.This is the story of how Center Street Soap Co came to be.
I’ve always had sensitive skin. I found that all the store brand soaps irritated my skin leaving it dry with rashes and the need to slather on lotions and creams just to get some relief. Little did I know at the time, the soaps I was using, and that most of us have grown up using, are not actually soap but a chemical concoction laden with detergents that, by law, cannot even be labeled soap. In fact, many of the big brand “soaps” have been stripped of glycerin (the good stuff in soap that makes your skin moisturized and healthy) and is then placed in lotions leaving you having to buy both products.
The skin is our body's biggest organ. We wouldn’t knowingly ingest harmful chemicals, why would we put them on our bodies?
About six years ago I bought my first handmade natural soap and immediately noticed the difference. My skin felt smooth and healthy. I started stocking up on handmade soaps every time I’d come across them at fairs and farmers markets.
In 2015 I started dating my now husband Tim. He put up with me dragging him to out of the way places in search of natural soaps. In 2017 I was dangerously low on my soap supply. Tim said, “Why don’t we just make it ourselves?” At first, I thought he was crazy but Tim, being an amazingly talented chef, was never afraid of a creative challenge and so we got to researching.
For weeks we researched all things handmade soap related. We read countless articles and watched dozens of YouTube videos. We compiled a list of the equipment and materials and went shopping. We made a huge mess and an awesome loaf of honey almond soap. I was so proud of that first little batch. I didn’t know it at the time but that was the moment Center Street Soap Co was born.
We gave some of that first soap to friends and family and we were met with amazing feedback. I made another loaf, and another, and another. Soon people were asking me for more and so were their friends and families. Hundreds of batches and recipes later, we created our little company.
We hope you will enjoy our soaps as much as we enjoy making them!
Each loaf of our cold process soap is made in small batches with all-natural ingredients, Phthalate free fragrances, essential oils, and love.
I would like to give special thanks to some amazing people that helped me on this journey. I couldn't of done it without you!
Tim for pushing me out of my comfort zone, helping me to realize my potentials, and always being there
Shannon my best friend, for her help, support, encouragement, and her unparalleled creative talent
Debbie my sister in law, for her help making messes, designs, and memories in the early stages
Tracy my sister in law, for her valuable knowledge and help creating our website
My mom for being my biggest cheerleader