When I first got into handmade and natural soaps, Wild Rituals Soap Company was actually the first brand I tried. I remember someone I follow posted the Mermaid Lagoon bath bomb, and I instantly went on the website. Unfortunately, I was scared to get the bath bomb, because it has mango butter, and I'm allergic to mango, but I ended up buying a ton of other stuff.
I'm a huge fan of her soaps, and even after trying other brands, I always go back to her bars. Maybe it's because it was my first and I'm forever connected, but they really are good. Trust me.
But enough about me and my shopping addiction, let's get to know Megan!
Let's get started by having you share something people never guess about you.
I most commonly get a puzzled look from others when I admit that I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my creativity. It manifests itself a bit in my personal life, but is mainly evident in my art and business. I've learned that even though it can cause excess stress, it's more of a blessing than a curse. It allows me to always know that I truly did my very best.
When you first started creating soaps and bombs, did you think you'd have a career doing this?
I first started making soap as a happiness product. I was in a place in my life that was a bit darker than I wanted it to be and I was in dire need of a hobby. Upon expressing interest in soap making to my Father, who I was living with at the time, he gifted me with a starter kit to show his support. This gift changed my life. It wasn't until I started posting about my soap on social media that I realized I might have a future with this new found passion of mine. I had friends commenting left and right. Most of which wanted to know when and if they could purchase it! Bath bombs came a bit later after I wanted to expand my line of products.
What is your favorite creation you have ever made?
Hm. That's a tough one. I put so much of myself into creating these products that I have a special connection with each and everyone of them. My favorite soap is Zen. Thats our Green Tea + Ginger bar. I don't feel as if it gets as much love as it should. The scent is absolutely intoxicating. Other than soap, I couldn't live without our Mantra aromatherapy spray. It helps me feel grounded and I always get the best compliments when I wear it as a perfume.
Being a maker yourself, what are your favorite brands to buy from....indie and commercial?
I try my hardest to shop within my community when shopping indie businesses. There is a fabulous calligraphy artist in town that runs a business called Em Dash Paper Co (www.emdashpaper.co). She has the nicest soul and I have purchased many cards from her over the past couple years. Small businesses really are the best businesses. As far as everyday things like clothing, I enjoy searching through thrift stores and often hit up my good friend Jess Matthews, of The Cosmic Circle (www.thecosmiccircle.net) when i'm in need of something special and funky. She's a great person with a good eye. As for commercial, I would be lost without my staple crop tops from Forever 21.
What is your favorite scent of all time?
I really enjoy anything earthy. I like to joke that if it smells a little bit like dirt than I'll probably like it. Scents like Patchouli, Sandalwood, Myrrh, and Neroli really make me feel at peace.
What would be your last meal?
Morbid. I like it. Ha! If I were to have to choose my last meal, it might have to be yellow coconut curry. That might be just because I've been craving it for over a week, but that's my answer and I'm sticking to it. That flavor combination is just out of this world.
As someone who now creates makeup, what is your makeup routine like?
Over the past year, my makeup routine has become a bit shorter. I'm on this trying to "embrace my natural beauty" kick. I've been keeping it pretty minimal with using our Flower Face Moisturizer, concealing any blemishes that might have snuck up on me, making sure my eyebrows are looking presentable by brushing and filling them in, and using Cheeky (our plant-based blush) to give my cheeks a little glow. When I'm feeling extra spicy, I'll put on some mascara and contour my cheek bones. Rarely do I utilize all the arsenal in my sparkly purple Kaboodle anymore, but I'm feeling inspired to get out my favorite matte lipstick.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Oh goodness. Anyone that knows me on a personal level could all answer this question is unison. I am a morning person 100%. I enjoy the stillness and peace that my mornings have to offer. No one expects anything out of you yet and you're allowed to just have your coffee or cook your breakfast. Mornings are happy, bright, and optimistic.
What do you think encourages you to create things?
My spirit. Being a creative person is a huge part of who I am. It has always been an outlet for my passion for life, whether that passion is presenting itself as sadness or happiness. Art and creation are always there for you. Working with your hands to make a product that helps people is also prides you with a tremendous sense of worth and pride. You know that your talents are helping others and that is truly the best feeling.
Tell me your season preference from first to last, and why?
I'm really spoiled here living in North Carolina because we truly get to experience all of the seasons.
Autumn is always my top favorite. It's beautiful colors, scents, and crisp air! The outfit combinations! Ah, it gives me so much happiness. Spring would take second place. I love everything that spring represents - birth, the earth's fertility, flowers in bloom, warm breezy weather. Summer comes in third place as no one can deny the way summer lifts the spirit and still excites our inner child. I love laying in the sun on a warm white sandy beach. Winter comes in last as I honestly can't stand the season. I cherish its beauty and love that the holidays come along with it, but the cold is not my friend.
How did you first feel when Urban Outfitters contacted you to sell your products in store?
Disbelief. I remember asking for proof of employment from the beauty intern. There are so many scammers out there that I was fearful someone was trying to pull a fast one on me. It's so funny to think that I asked that now, but one can never be too careful!
Growing up, how did you feel about skincare/makeup and bath products?
I always had an interest in natural skincare. I can remember blending up concoctions in my kitchen of egg whites and bananas for face masks or olive oil and honey for my hair. It was fun getting my hands dirty and making something that would benefit me at the same time. It often cured my boredom to take a peek in the fridge and see what I could come up with. As for make up, my grandmother used to work for a make up company, Estee Lauder, believe. I can not for the LIFE of me remember if that's exactly what it was. I remember watching her put it on and being in awe at how glamorous she was. My grandmother was and is truly the most beautiful woman I've ever seen and the way she did her make up made her look like a movie star. We could never leave the house without her "putting on her face". My sister and I would wait while my grandmother transformed herself into Barbra Eden. I was always a bit of a "tomboy" growing up and makeup made me feel like my grandmother - beautiful.
Describe one of your favorite memories growing up.
My family didn't really have a lot of money while I was growing up, but love and togetherness filled the gaps. At one point, my mother, sister, and I lived in a double wide trailer on a dirt road with my mothers two close friends (one being my aunt) and their combined 5 children (4 of which are my cousins). Three women raising 7 children under one roof. Our mothers worked incredibly hard to support and raise us. I was very young, but looking back, those were the happiest times of my life. I was surrounded by strong, funny, and intelligent role models and my cousins were the best friends that anyone could ever ask for. This isn't really one memory, but a period in time that will always stay with me. We would tie towels around our necks and soar around the house like superheroes. Our mothers gave us the beautiful freedom to be children. My aunt left this world not too long ago and I truly hope she knew how much I cherished that time.
If you could gift one person, one thing, who and what, would that be?
This question had me thinking for a bit. Being that I'm not really a materialistic person, my gift would be more so an idea. I would gift my mother with the confidence that she was, and has always been, the greatest role model. She is the literal voice inside my head, guiding me to do the right thing and to make good decisions for my life. I live my life to make my mother proud and to make her feel good about the struggle she went through to provide for my family. I would gift her with that incite. I love you, mom. Keep your chin up. You're my north star.
Lastly, what is the last song, movie, and book you encountered?
My partner and I decided we wanted to watch a scary movie yesterday. I'm a huge horror fan thanks to my father. Being that I've seen a lot of the ones that he suggested (he insisted on watching one we both hadn't seen), we settled on Hellraiser. In the past, I was kind of intimidated by Pinhead's...well, pins...to watch the movie. I was certain that it would be terrifying. Overall, it was just kind of weird "gore porn" more than anything. I enjoy quiet suspense and heavy story lines. I was disappointed with it's lack of explanation. The only part that had me thinking "what in the..." was toward the very end. There are several sequels, so I may have to expand on those before I decide I over hyped myself for the flick.
Megan actually just started a rewards program to go with her site, which is awesome for me, since I can now earn points for my orders! I also get points when I refer friends, so if you do put an order in, please use THIS LINK so I can get points! You get a 10% off coupon when you use my link. Just a heads up.
If you do end up buying something, share what you get, below. I'm thinking of getting the highlighter to continue my makeup collection. I'm curious and excited to see what else Megan has in store for us! What's something you'd like to see her create?