Passionate Work, Love + Inspire

 

I am passionate about soapmaking, and running an Indie business! Here is what I cherish most about our work at Pure Goat Soapworks:

Art & Creativity – Did you ever want to be good at something as a child, but just knew that you weren’t, and would never be? I wanted to be good at art when I was in elementary school, but I lacked (and still lack!) the fine motor skills to draw or paint well. In college, I had my roommates paint my fingernails for me because I was inept at doing it myself. It would have been easier for me to stick my fingers in a paint can and then remove the excess, than be able to paint my nails myself.

But then I began making soap, which changed everything! I realized that I was creative, and that I could design patterns, mix color and fragrance, and make something that was entirely unique and beautiful. I actually was creative and artistic. The 4th grader inside of me was overjoyed!

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Nichole makes Arabian Nights Sandalwood Goat Milk Soap

Making Soap – Science and Art meet in making artisan soap, and it’s been exhilarating to participate in the marriage of the two. Formulating and tweaking recipes, learning how to use colorants, creating color schemes and patterns – it’s been a sweet journey!

Our Customers – I truly enjoy building relationships with the many wonderful people I’ve met since we started our business, like “Mr. G.” from our Allegan Farmers Market. Mr. G is in his 80’s, and comes weekly to the market with his daughter and dog Greta. Every time I see him, he has a smile on his face, and a sparkle in his eyes. He always stops by to say hello, even when he doesn’t need to buy soap or raw honey.

Connecting with other Indie Makers – There is a community of Indie business owners and Makers that I am blessed to have found, and a Makers Movement that is satisfying to be a part of. So many of the products we buy are made overseas, mass-produced. There are so many more unique things available right here in the US, in your own hometown, being made by talented, hardworking people. The Bank Street Kalamazoo Farmers Market hosts more than 100 amazing small businesses. I love meeting other creative makers, and patronizing their shops.

Love + Inspire – I hope to inspire you love to one another. We are passionate about helping orphans and the families adopting them through Reece’s Rainbow. I am grateful to have a voice to be able to bring attention to the plight of orphans, and help them in whatever small way I am able.

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Giving to Reece’s Rainbow to Help Orphans

At Pure Goat Soapworks we have a special love for orphans since our oldest two children came to our family through adoption. As a way to support orphans and adoptive families, we choose to support Reece’s Rainbow, an adoption charity that raises grants for waiting special needs children and families adopting special needs children.

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We became a family of 4 in Ukraine when we adopted Lida and Igor on May 18, 2007.  Pictured with orphanage director Nina Vassilyvna.

Did you know that the statistic are bad – very bad – for children who age out of orphanages in Eastern Europe?  Justice For Orphans reports:

“In Ukraine & Russia kids who “age-out” face a bleak future. Statistics reveal that 10-15% commit suicide before the age of 18. 60% of the girls are forced into prostitution (human trafficking). 70% of the boys become hardened criminals. Ukraine has the highest number of victims of human trafficking in all of Eastern Europe with about 117,000 annually. Those at greatest risk to fall prey to traffickers: the poor, uneducated, unskilled = aged-out orphan girls!”

Children with special needs like Down Syndrome are transferred to adult mental institutions, sometimes at ages as young as 6, and are left to languish.

Reece’s Rainbow is an adoption grant charity that raises money for specific waiting children and offers grants to help offset the high costs of adoption.  They also provide a way for adopting families to fundraise for their adoption, and allow others to make tax-free donations.

It breaks my heart to know that there are so many children without parents to love and care for them, who await a bleak future if they are not adopted.  We aim to help by donating 100% of the profits of specific soaps to families adopting through Reece’s Rainbow.  Click here to see the soaps available this month.