Super Soapers: Tell us a little about yourself.
Sv Soaps: My name is Silvia. I am the owner of Indulgence by SV.Soaps and the mom of two, very busy boys, Joshua 7 and Nicholas 3 ½. Soap making is my obsession, and my passion. I love to put a lot of creativity into each batch I make. I am always striving to learn new techniques, to take my products to the next level.
SS: How did you get started in soapmaking?
Sv: I started making soap with my mom, when I was in high school. We bought every soap making book we could find, and back then there weren’t as many as there are today. We started experimenting and from that point I was hooked. Soap making is definitely my passion. It is so satisfying for me to make something that leaves my skin feeling great, and has a bit of artistic flair.
SS: Do you CP or MP, & why?
Sv: I love making CP soap. That is truly my favorite medium. I find I can do so many different things with CP as far as color and design. Although, I do like to sometime add MP to my soap embeds for a fun effect. I find combining the two sometimes can make a very pretty effect I cannot, just, get with CP alone. But that is just my personal choice.
SS: What inspires you most?
Sv: That is a hard question. I really get inspired by so many things. I find new soap ideas just by going to the grocery store, or being out in nature. I also love to bake, and I get so many great ideas for my soaps from deserts. I love making my soaps look good enough to eat, but still leave your skin soft and feeling wonderful. I believe soap can be great for your skin, as well as beautiful to look at.
SS: Do you consider yourself an artist?
Sv: Yes, I guess so. I have always had a love of painting, cake decorating, and crafts in general. I love being crafty in any way I can. It truly relaxes me.
SS: How has soapmaking changed your life?
Sv: Soap making changed my life by helping me find my creativity and a sense of peace. It is truly a part of who I am. I started making soap when I was 17 years old. It gives me a sense of balance in this crazy life. There are not many days that go by that I do not make soap. It is truly my passion.
SS: How would you describe your creative process?
Sv: When I am working on a new soap design I think about the fragrance or essential oil I am working with. For example, if I am working on a Citrus soap I think about the citrusy colors I could use. An orange alone has so many colors, deep orange peel, light orange pulp, white pith, and green stem and leaves. I work from there and start doodling soap designs I think would work for a citrus soap. I absolutely love looking at color palettes online, I get a lot of ideas from them.
SS: What do you benefit the most from other artists in your craft?
Sv: There are so many amazing soap artists today. You can learn so many things from other soap makers, that could be as simple as changing up, one ingredient, that will make a world of difference. I find I benefit the most by chatting with other soap makers. I have found Facebook to be an amazing tool to get to know other soap makers and just chat with them. We all share our ideas and knowledge to help one another and I love it.
SS: Now for a little bit of fun. Most soap artists seem to be all about their FO's & EO's, which of course are an important part of soapmaking, & everyone knows that scent is the major trigger sensory known for people. If you could explain which FO or EO, has triggered the biggest memory from childhood, or the most important time in your life, which would it be & why? (this is optional of course).
Sv: For me, my major scent trigger would be a Citrus scent. I always remember smelling a lot of Citrus as a child, and it makes me happy and calm. I can’t get enough of it.
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