Welcome to Flower City Soap Company!
“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”
—Bishop T.D. Jakes
This is one of my favourite quotes.
My name is Judy, and I'm the founder and owner of Flower City Soap Company.
I am a wife and mother, and a grandmother to five beautiful grandchildren! I am also a devoted animal lover, with Animal Justice and animal rescues being very dear to my heart. I also have the privilege to donate soaps to our local food bank, Ste. Louise Outreach Centre, and am blessed to be able to contribute to many other organizations that help people and animals.
As a soap maker, I am just totally in love with the wonderful, feel-good, good-for-you, healthy soaps, body butters, face masks, lip balms and more that can be made with natural, nurturing ingredients! I enjoy trying new recipes and I never run out of willing humans that want to be the first to test them!
To be honest, when I was younger, I did not pay much attention to skin care products and their ingredients and if you had told me when I was in my 30's that I would someday be making handmade soaps and skincare products and have my own company...I would not have believed you! I've always loved being creative and used to draw and sculpt in clay, but I had never once considered soap making. Many things changed as I grew older and I discovered a passion that still burns bright to this day!
FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED, HERE'S A LITTLE MORE...
I am one of 8 siblings, 3 of whom are half sisters. Since 2008, five out of the six girls in my family have had cancer (3 with breast cancer and the youngest with lymphoma) and we have lost three precious souls to this horrid disease. I had also lost my mother to ovarian cancer when I was 7. I, myself, had stage 3 colon cancer and have been in full remission for the past 9 years and plan to stay that way for the rest of my life. :)
As we all know, life has a funny way of changing us and through this journey, one of the most important things that I've learned is to be grateful...for everything, of course most importantly family, friends & strangers who are not yet friends...but also for the privilege of hot water, electricity, a cozy bed to sleep in...the list is endless!
One of the other things that I began to pay attention to and learn about was what goes into the simple things that we use every day, even the products that we use on our pets. We all know about the additives, preservatives and other chemicals that are in so many of the foods we eat, but most of us don't consider the ingredients in the products that we put ON our bodies! I didn't know for so long that our skin actually absorbs up to 60% of what we put on our skin and without a filter to stop it, it goes into our bloodstream! I could never figure out why anyone would deliberately put harmful chemicals in products that we use on a daily basis. I guess it's all about money and how to make things in the least expensive manner.
One of the other things that I really love about making soaps is the interest that my grandchildren take in it! One day when my grandson Zachary (who is now 12) was 7 years old, he gently advised me that companies needed to have a CEO and kindly told me that he was available. :) So, from that day on, he's been the best CEO in the world and it became "we" instead of just "me"!
"My passion is making gloriously, natural skin care...my purpose is to to use that passion to help in as many ways as I can." – Judy Whale