Soap That Makes Scents

Soap That Makes Scents offers handcrafted soaps, perfumes, lip balms and other luscious skin-loving ways to pamper yourself. Made with nourishing coconut and palm oil and moisturizing shea butter, soapmaker Karina Gallo's products are made in small batches to ensure freshness using only quality essential oils and fragrances.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Karina.
I started making soap and lip balms in 2001 because I was tired of using products that were filled with chemicals and parabens. I wanted something better for my skin and I know others would, too.

Although I now live in Queens, New York, I was in England accompanying my husband on a business trip when I discovered a soap-making class. I decided to give it a try and have been making soap ever since.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?

What really gets me going the most are discovering and getting in new scents ... fragrances invoke memories and mindsets. Think about what the smell of sugar cookies fresh from the oven means to you, or the scent of coconut--perhaps it reminds you of your last tropical vacation. That's what I want to capture. I want to offer a slice of your life in every bar. I'm unique in the sense that my bars aren't just about using them to clean your body---it's about savoring them slowly because of what they represent to you.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Ha! That's an easy one: Not having enough time in the day to be able to make all the soap I want.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
My Lipbalm Of The Month Club! It's a fantastic way to have 6 great tasting lipbalms delivered right to your front door every month with a one-time subscription. Plus the buyer gets to choose the flavors they want!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I always knew I was going to be doing something where I would be in control of it...Somehow I just knew. I always dreamed about owning my own business, and now I do!

What other shops out there do you love?
Zoe's Bag Boutique

If I had the means, I would buy out her entire shop---I already own two of her bags!

If you visit her please tell her that Karina said "hi"

What does your future hold?
I have the same dream as a lot of people who hold full-time online have the financial means to open up a brick and motor store. I have it all mapped out in my head..the area I would want to be in, the type of shelving I would use, how items would be arranged.

It would be entirely Bath & Body with my soaps at it's centerpiece and items from other Etsy sellers to compliment that.

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