colored and scented, poured into a mold
to sit for 24 hours and then cut into bars to
cure for six weeks. The curing time allows
any leftover moisture to evaporate resulting
in a harder, longer lasting soap bar.
Handmade soaps are better for the
skin because they do not contain detergents.
Additionally, glycerin, a natural
byproduct of handmade soap remains.
Commercial soap making processes brine
the glycerin out of the soap in order to
use in other high-dollar products, resulting
in a product that can leave the skin
dry. Some people are out there spending
lots of money on extra products to correct
their skin issues, when it could be
they simply need to switch to handmade
Melissa Brown is
the founder and Chief
of Nautilus Soap Company
based in Lutz,
Florida. With over 30
years’ experience in
she began making
soap as a hobby and
quickly became passionate
about handmade bath and body
products. The business has grown out
of the house, and now operates from the
home she shares with her husband Doug,
stepson Nick, two dogs, one cat and one
very talkative African Gray parrot. She
also has a son, daughter-in-law and two
grandsons in Hudson, and a daughter
and soon-to-be son-in-law in Port Richey.
Melissa is a member of the Hand Crafted
Soap and Cosmetic Guild and the Central
Pasco Chamber of Commerce.
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