We like this California-based business so much and are happy to share one of their products – the Ocean Breeze Clay Soap Bar – in our November 2018 box. Here is more about Sincere Organics, their products, and how they got started via some questions I’ve sent to Stephanie, the founder.
What is your background?
I have lived in California my entire life and truly love it. As a child, my parents emphasized the value of hard work, honesty, and love and laughter, and those values have helped shape the woman I have become.
Have you always been crafty?
I have always been artistic, and love creative expression. As a child, I took a myriad of art classes, in addition to various forms of dance. I also play the piano and violin. I love all forms of art, and view my products as a form of art, in addition to a healthy/organic alternative to commercial soaps and bath/beauty products that contain harmful additives.
Tell us what is unique about your soaps/products. What do you love about what you make?
A lot of careful thought and consideration goes into each of Sincere Organics finished products. I thoroughly research each consciously sourced/organic ingredient and carefully choose them specifically for each product, based upon how well they work together (as well as skin and overall health benefit). The fact that we are able to create products which positively impact our planet, in addition to our overall bodily exterior and interior health, is what I believe truly makes us unique. Our uniqueness is in our simplicity. That is what I love about what we make/create. Our products positively contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle for each customer, in addition to our environment/planet.
What does your soap theme represent?
I originally began making soaps as a fun hobby. In my office, coworkers asked me to try them, and they were an instant smash! Many commented on the lack of fine lines and blemishes (that both they, as well as their significant others) saw disappear from their skin after continued use of our products. They also commented on the overall softness and healthy appearance of their skin, and were ecstatic! They convinced me to obtain my state insurance and proper licensing, and sell products professionally, and it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 🙂
How has the product changed since you started?
When I first began soap production some years ago, I experimented with various colors and textures, fragrances, and essential oils. It’s always a lot of fun to create new recipes and see your final work of art, once complete!
What is your favorite scent so far, and why?
My favorite scent thus far is the California tangerine essential oil. It is used in our Clean Determination II exfoliating soap bars, and it smells absolutely delicious! It reminds me of summertime, swimming pools, and the faintly sweet smell of orange and tangerine groves, which cover miles of farmland here in California.
What inspires you to create a new soap?
I am pushed to create new items by many different means. A piece of artwork I’ve seen in passing, an organic ingredient which I’ve been meaning to work with, and our customers’ requests all inspire me to create new products.
Name three items you cannot be without.
typically can’t be without my iPhone (music/business), a notebook, and fruits and vegetables.
Do you listen to music while you work? If yes, what’s on your playlist right now?
Yes, I always listen to music while in production. I am a huge classic rock fan, so Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and Ambrosia are among my favorites. They help me relax and really get into an artistic zone. 🙂
What are your words of wisdom for someone starting out in their own small business?
I would encourage any new small business owner to research and study their craft. And to always be thankful for the wins, as well as the failures, because they all contribute to you, as a person, as well as your company. Don’t be afraid to take chances. 🙂
What’s next for Sincere Organics?
Sincere Organics is currently in a huge production phase. In addition to our (five-star rated) staple soaps, fine salt scrubs, and body butters , we will have a myriad of new bath/beauty products for customers to enjoy, to be previewed on our website soon!