Tim Maide’s job as a chef inspired him to make soap. At his day job, he notice that vast quantities of animal fat went to waste. Couldn’t animal fat be used to make soap? He decided to give it a try. Early experimentation with animal fat and soap making, eventually led to the formation of the Benson Soap Mill. While the company now exclusively makes vegan soaps, they pride themselves on using natural and locally produced ingredients. Those relationships with local farmers through his job as a chef has really paid off! Check out the Benson Soap mill web site.