All-natural and vegan are popular food diets, but those labels can also apply to your skincare routine and your beauty products. Whether you’re on the hunt for skincare items made with fewer ingredients or you just want to try a new soap, Tina Ersig of Change Soap is creating all-natural products for your skin, home and even your pets. All of her products consist of simple ingredients, like essential oils, activated charcoal, calendula petals, oatmeal and pink clay. Scroll on to hear about Tina’s creations, her inspiration and why today’s #MakerCrushMonday believes change is a really, really good thing.
First things first, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Tina, and I am a police officer-turned-Mommy-turned-soap-maker living in Michigan!
Why did you decide to start Change Soap and how did you come up with the name?
One day I was washing my the- two-year-old son with his name-brand “gentle” baby wash. Oblivious, I looked at the ingredients and couldn’t pronounce many of them, so I looked them up online. I discovered that one of the ingredients, SLS, which is found in almost every skincare product, was originally used as an engine degreaser for cars, and also to strip floors. That’s what inspired me to try my hand at making soap, which has led to many other things. The name was inspired by my kids, who have changed my life in so many ways — for the better!
In five words or less, tell us why you love to make.
Handmade = each item is unique!
We love your slogan, “Change is Good.” Was there a moment in your life where change taught you something?
Change is something that has shaped my life in so many ways, even though I often resist it! Some of the best things that have ever happened to me were a direct result of change, and many were from changes that I didn’t want. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I lost my job as a police officer. It was an unwelcome, sudden change, and I was scared. But now I’m thankful for that change every day. That’s the thing about change: Even though we often resist it, it can end up being for the best, and often it is!
Tell us how technology has changed and supported what you do.
Sometimes I actually think to myself, “This would be so much harder without the Internet!” So many aspects of my business happen online, and social media is such a quick and easy way to let people know what’s new with the business and interact with customers.
What’s up next for Change Soap?
I’m working on expanding the line to natural home-cleaning products and also candles that are made from recycled wine bottles. I’m really excited about it because after A LOT of trial and error, we’ve created products that work great and smell amazing! The smell of these products actually makes me want to clean, which is a small miracle!
Where do you get your inspiration?
I find a lot of my inspiration from my kids. They were the reason I started the company. I’m also inspired by music. I’m always singing (badly) and dancing around when I’m making products.
What’s one piece of advice you’d share with other makers?
Getting started can be really hard, but keep at it. For a while, it might seem like all of your hard work isn’t getting you anywhere, and then all of a sudden, it starts to pay off.
Ready for a change? Get your Change Soap products at the Brit + Co Shop!