How much did you LOVE the lemon scent when you opened your February 2019 John Steinbeck box? That amazing smell was from one of the two soaps we included from Deb’s Calming Creations.
How does soap match up to a John Steinbeck theme? Well, this small business is located in his hometown of Salinas California. Learn more about their business and products with some information they’ve sent back to us!
What is your background?
I’ve started several businesses; my first was in 4th grade! But when I started Deb’s, I knew this would be the one and only. Now, after much training, classes, conferences and more, I feel more confident than ever in all of my creations.
Have you always been crafty?
We didn’t grow up with a lot of money, so I was constantly using my crafty skills to make what we couldn’t afford. I look back and I’m thankful for that, as it made me become the person I am today.
Tell us what is unique about your products. What is your favorite?
I put lots of love, time and research into every product I develop and from the feedback I receive from my customers, all it takes is using any one of my products and you can tell the difference. My favorite product would have to be our soaps!
What does your product line represent?
Natural skin care for every day use. Nothing fancy or overly hyped up. Just really good products that WORK, with ingredients that you can pronounce. All affordable (all $20 and under), so that the average person can use them every day without breaking the bank.
How has the product line changed since you started?
In the beginning we we’re extremely small, creating only a handful of items. Now we have a staple line of soaps, bath products and skin care!
What do you love about what you make?
I love that I can control what ingredients to use: simple, fresh and natural.
What is your favorite scent so far, and why?
My favorite scent is our Monkey Farts…yes, I said Monkey Farts. You’ve got to smell it, then you’d understand. I have kids who love it, moms, dads and even grandpas who say it’s they’re favorite soap bar.
What inspires you to create a new product?
Honestly it just comes to me out of the blue. I was playing in the backyard with my 3 kids one day and we had this overly huge lemon hanging from our lemon tree. It reminded me of the huge lemons they have in Italy, which reminded me of being in Sorrento drinking Limoncello. Those memories inspired me to create a Limoncello body polish that night, and my customers instantly loved it!!!
Name three items you cannot be without.
My Flawless Face Soap (I didn’t always have blemish free skin), My Natural Aluminum Free Deodorant (no explanation needed lol), and my Intense Hydration Cream (because I’m constantly washing my hands)
Do you listen to music/audiobooks while you work? If yes, what’s on your playlist right now?
Music always puts me in my happy place! Listening to Red House by Jimi Hendrix right now.
What are your words of wisdom for someone starting out in their own small business?
I would say to be you. Be unique. Don’t be afraid to be a little vulnerable and think outside of the box. Value the friends who will give you honest feedback. And always strive to be better.
What’s next for Deb’s Calming Creations?
After years of tweaking our Shower Steamer recipe, this past year we finally perfected it. We only released one scent, which was called Breathe, and all year we sold out every time I made them. This year I will be adding a few more scents to our steamer line. Our customers are going to freak out!!! They will release in or around August 2019.
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