Southern Pleasures

Tenisha of Southern Pleasures is the creator of handcrafted olive oil soaps that are designed to gently cleanse and provide rich conditioning to the skin. That sounds just delicious as I sit here with my sad itchy winter skin!

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft Tenisha.
The art of soap making fell into my lap. I remember becoming intrigued with learning how to make soap when I was a member of a popular message board for women on the internet. One of the members there started a thread to show off some soap she had created. When I viewed the pictures I started to wonder if she really made them herself because I had come to the conclusion that soap was something only major companies were able to produce. Not to mention her soaps looked gorgeous and were so different from what I was used to seeing.

From that week on all I decided I also wanted to learn how to make something that looked just as beautiful and useful. What was even more daunting was if I could learn how to make soap without initially having an in-depth knowledge of the science behind it. My research of the craft started online and eventually I turned to my local library to find some books on soap making. After many months of reading I finally made my first batch and have never stopped making soap since.

Soap making has turned into a serious passion of mine and I am so grateful I was at the right place at the right time to be exposed to something that I truly love to do.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
In addition to making soap I continue to cultivate an interest in writing short stories. This form of expression started when I was a young child with a very vivid imagination. I continued writing up until the end of my college career and over the past two decades have written a multitude of stories.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
It is often a challenge for me to find the time to fully be able to network with other in my own community to the degree I would like to. I work full time and attend school in the evenings. In between working and studying for classes I have just enough time left over in my day to focus on product creation and researching product trends.
I have so many new ideas for products but so little time to play with formulations. For now I just take it one day at a time and focus on achieving small goals.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Personally I love to try out several soaps at once so the soap sampler would be perfect for me.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I had dreams of becoming a journalist and wanted to enter the communications field.

What other shops out there do you love?
I have an insatiable love for handbags and can't divulge how many I currently have in my closet. Often I like to check out DrikaB on Etsy as her bags are high quality with beautiful patterns.

What does your future hold?
Once I complete my graduate program I have hopes on expanding my business into a thriving wholesale venture. I would love to see my product in the aisles of a Whole Foods Market for a consumer to purchase directly.

Visit Southern Pleasures at Etsy today to grab some of her deliciously luxurious soaps!