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When Jonathan and Kaycie Cook talk about top, middle and bass notes, they could be speaking as music instructors. But most likely they’re explaining how they combine all-natural scents and ingredients to create a line of bath and beauty products under the name The Sudsy Soapery Natural Products.
“Lemon is a top note, for example,” said Kaycie, who teaches piano, voice and violin in the couple’s Belleville home. “Citruses are high notes; wood, like cedar, is a bass note; while a mid note would be lavender or spearmint.” Like music, you need a combination of the right notes, not all of them top, middle or bass, to create a product with an appealing scent.
“It kind of flows together,” said Jonathan, who teaches piano and voice and is the music director at Faith Baptist Church in downtown Belleville.
It’s where the couple met, then married seven years ago. In 2011, they started The Sudsy Soapery out of their Belleville home, selling through their website, sudsysoapery.com and Etsy. In 2013, they opened a stand at Soulard Market on Saturdays in St. Louis.
“We’ve had a great response here,” said Jonathan, 38, as he stood behind the counter and answered a customer’s questions about one way to buy their artisan soap: by the brick. Bars typically run $4.95. A brick costs $34.95, and they’d be glad to cut it for you.
“That would make 10 bars,” he explained, adding that the rich colors in the bricks on display at the market are so appealing that “a lot of people come by and ask if that’s fudge!”
Being at the market gives the Cooks a chance to introduce prospective customers to the sight and scent of their products, which are all-natural. They rely on essential oils, ground oatmeal, (known to be an anti-inflammatory), clays, olive oil, palm kernel and coconut oils, and occasionally goat’s milk from a local producer.
“We like to interact with people and that way we know what to stock and what not to stock,” Jonathan said.
When they started thinking of a way to add to their income, it was Kaycie, 32, who turned her skills toward making soap. Jonathan quickly became a fan.
“I like so many that I can’t even tell you what my favorite is,” laughed Jonathan, who does all the design work for the labels, plus the website. Kaycie said she’s partial to Heaven Scent, which has lavender and chamomile in it.
A favorite among customers is a lavender and peppermint soap called Morning Joy and a shaving bar “puck” for men ($6.95). A favorite acne bar is made with tea tree, eucalyptus, French green clay and goat’s milk.
And if you’re partial to liquid hand soap, they’ve got it, along with bath bombs and salts, lip balm, scented and unscented kids’ bath fizzies, soy and aromatherapy candles.
Plus, “We’re working on a deodorant,” said Kaycie.
The past year and a half have seen major changes. The company is a 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards Beauty nominee. But the biggest leap of all was two years in the making: Earlier this year, the couple signed a partnership with Fresh Thyme, a chain of organic supermarkets, to sell their products.
“We had to make 300 pieces for the first store,” said Jonathan of the initial order. That store will open in January in Fairview Heights. “They have six (planned) stores in Illinois and we will be in all of them.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO SUDSYSOAPERY.COM OR CALL 618-513-9444. YOU’LL FIND THE COOKS AT AN INDOOR STALL IN THE SOUTHEAST WING OF THE SOULARD MARKET (UNLESS TEMPERATURES DROP TOO LOW) ON SATURDAYS FROM 9 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M.
The Sudsy Soapery's shaving product line was featured on KPRL Channel 11 in St. Louis with Health & Wellness Beauty adviser Sonja Shin of http://www.hellobeautyblog.com/. Top Local Health & Beauty Picks for Back to SchoolBe green. Buy local. We have so much amazing talent in St. Louis! There are so many great things being made here! I shared some of my favorite health & beauty picks on KPLR 11 News for helping kids be healthier and less stressed as they go back to school. Here is the video and below it more details on what I recommended. SEE VIDEO HERE: http://kplr11.com/2014/08/21/hello-beauty-back-to-school-beauty-style-tips/
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The Sudsy Soapery was recently featured in the Quarterly issue (February, May, August and November) of Keep the Heart Magazine.