On June 27, 2018, Go Negosyo sa Radyo hosts Sen. Bam Aquino and DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Natureals Bath and Body owner AJ Llanes and The Soap Story’s Angelica Jizmundo to talk about their handcrafted bath and body products.
AJ shared how her class project turned into her now thriving business, Natureals Bath and Body, which offers organic, handmade yet environment-friendly skincare products. Her business started in 2014 when she focused on creating zero waste packaging. This led her to work with local crafters who produced the eco-friendly pouches for her business. Most of her bath product lines are available in several variants, including include coffee, charcoal, goat’s milk, tea tree, beer, and more.
Meanwhile, Angelica looked back on how she started The Soap Story in 2015. She sought soaps that were safe enough for her baby’s sensitive skin. She then studied soap making and eventually began creating her own handmade soaps. She now has 10 variants, including olive oil-based soap and wild honey. Through research, she was able to develop her own liquid soap.
Both entrepreneurs aim to raise awareness on the great benefits of handmade soaps as they are not just beneficial to the skin, but also to the individual’s health. According to them, consumers have become more interested in the ingredients of the soap they use and have started to avoid chemicals.
The rapid expansion of organic and handmade soaps is in response to the growing concerns of the market about health and safety, and it has become one of the driving forces behind developing new product lines in the market.
Both entrepreneurs source most of their raw ingredients from underprivileged local farmers across the country to help them earn additional income.
Further helping the community, AJ holds workshops for aspiring soap makers to help them earn their own income. “Passion is what drives us to continue what we are doing.
“Huwag kang matakot mag-aral, huwag kang matakot sa competition because there is always an opportunity. (It’s okay to try and fail but always learn from your mistakes. Don’t be afraid to explore… don’t be afraid of competition because there will always be an opportunity.),” shares Angelica.
“Charge it to experience,” Sen. Bam concluded to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs who want to explore the soap industry.
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