Hey! I'm Candace and so glad you're here!
So this is the story all about how my life got flip turned upside down....
I'm the original maker and shaker behind the SOAK Bath Co brand. After high school I was accepted to the Bachelor of Commerce program at the Asper School of Business in Winnipeg. Upon graduating I hopped into a full time management career that I loved (most of the time). I climbed that notorious corporate ladder for ten years and gained a whole lot of business skills on the way up. I began SOAK Bath Co as a side hustle in late 2018 and by the end of February 2019, resigned from a ten year corporate career. Let me tell you, leaving the comfort and security of a full time job was not the easiest decision I ever made but in hindsight, it was definitely the best decision I've ever made.
It's been my dream since as far as I've had memories to build my own business. Since the day I was born, my mom and dad were entrepreneurs. Naturally, I took to the lifestyle as I had never been exposed to other options. I like to think I was born an entrepreneur. When I was young, I made a lemonade stand and hired my brother to help watch the booth - for context, we lived in the middle of the country, off a major highway and people actually just sped up and laughed as they drove by our stand. But it didn't deter me, hours later we'd walk back down the driveway, into the house with an empty lemonade jug that we'd chugged ourselves. I think one time someone actually stopped and gave us a loonie.. and didn't even take the lemonade. Whatevs. Then there was that time I started a house cleaning business. I knew how to clean and I needed some money for university. What can I say, business is in my blood.
So why the soap?
I started making soap as a result of getting eczema in my early twenties. I tried every medicated cream the doctor prescribed and couldn't find anything that soothed the pain or helped my dry skin condition. I started doing some research and discovered some natural alternatives. Ba-da-bing-ba-da-boom hours of youtube university later, I was formulating soap bar recipes in mom and dad's kitchen. Over the years my creativity and technique has evolved in soap making specifically. Today's version of my soap artistry looks a lot different than it did years ago, mostly it's way prettier. I've always been drawn to beautiful things and pretty, functional packaging. So if you find me in a boutique shop, giddy and looking over my own product, it's because I've created a product line that I truly love. And, I get to build my business at the same time.
What more could I ask for?
If you haven't discovered SOAK Bath Co yet, I'd like to tell you a little about it. SOAK Bath Co is a handmade bath and body brand based in Niverville, Manitoba. We make fun and amazing things like fancy soap bars and bath bombs! Each of our products are made with all natural, vegan friendly ingredients. The best part, our gorgeous soap bars are completely zero waste. How? Each soap bar is wrapped with a biodegradable, plantable seed paper label so you can plant the soap label and it will grow into wildflowers! So if you're looking for a beautiful, thoughtful gift, you're in the right place.