Tim Maides of Benson Soap Mill

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.

Alicia Reisinger of Wax Buffalo

Alicia Reisinger fondly remembers pouring candles with her grandmother when she was a child. Years later, after purchasing sub-par, headache-inducing candles for her home, she decided to start pouring candles again.  And she loved the results.  She poured candles for friends and family as gifts who encouraged her to start selling them.  Her first wholesale client sold out quickly, and from there – a business was born!  Check out her beautiful candle shop, Wax Buffalo.

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