Sometimes a brand follows me on IG and I venture to give them a look and a bunch of likes. Moonbaby was one of those brands and boy am I glad! Teri was so lovely to send me all the items above so I could try and I am absolutely in love with all of it. You all know I'm super into handmade soaps and find that they truly give your body what it needs. My favorite though, the candle, it smells so lovely and floral.
I was beyond ecstatic to have Teri on this series, because after she sent me things, we continued to chit chat and get to know one another. Her and I have a lot in common and I wanted you all to get to know the amazing creator behind this brand, and absolutely support her and all that she does. So let's get to it!
Something I always like to start with, if it's not information available on the site, is how did the company come to be?
It is rather a long story, but I will try to be short about it. I have Chrones, and the last 3 or 4 years have been really hard. 4 operations in 3 years times and in between those I was on high doses of steroids for long periods of time. Steroids, while useful for my illness, does horrid things to your body and it put me into a really bad depression. My hubby would come home and literally make me get dressed and go outside. One day he took me to Hobby Lobby to find me something to try to get me up and doing something, I found this small little Melt and Pour soap kit and went home and tried it. I found the process of making the soap very soothing to my soul at the time. I called my daughter, who is my partner and oddly enough she had also bought a kit to play around with. While working with the melt and pour was fun, it did not let me control what I put into the soap, so I moved on to making Hot Process so I could add oils, butters etc., to my liking. I guess my business really got started because between Lizz and I, we had ALL this soap and needed an outlet to get rid of it.
Along the same topic, how did you come up with Moon Baby as your shop/brand name?
LOL, well it wasn't me, I am not someone who can come up with names for anything, I wish I were. There is a bit of a argument on who actually named it, I tend to think Lizz’s daughter did, but Lizz takes all the credit. I do know this, both Lizz and I love the video for Smashing Pumpkins Tonight Tonight, and that played heavily into the name and the look of our logo.
As someone who sells vegan and cruelty free items, how does that impact your life on a daily?
I tend to be very mindful of what I use in my products. It is funny, you really start watching, and studying the people you order supplies from. I think also, it has gotten me where I am a crazed label reader when I shop for anything for myself or family.
What are 3 things you wish you could tell yourself about skincare and body care items, when you were a teenager?
I am not sure I would tell myself anything necessarily about skincare or body care products, but I definitely would tell myself to stay out of the sun. I grew up in the late 70’s and 80’s and we were sun worshipers, and I mean, layout all day in the sun with only baby oil on, no sunscreen. My skin is paying for it now. Also, drink water and eat good food, your skin will look so much better. I guess, if I were going to talk about products, I would say spend your money on the stuff that matters, such as skin care. Your makeup, no matter the price, will always look good if your skin looks good. This also probably stems from the fact that I spent 20 years working for various skincare companies. Found girls would come in and want to cover up horrible acne, but they were more concerned with finding makeup to cover it than a product that would eliminate it. Makeup, no matter how expensive, is not going to make problem skin look better.
What is your favorite product you have ever made and a product you haven't been able to achieve?
I really love our Medieval Cleansing Grains, I use them and my skin is always so nice looking and doesn't feel tight after washing. Nature has a fantastic way of working its magic on your body, and our grains are made with only herbs, botanicals and clays that will benefit your skin, not dry it out from detergents.
I am very intimidated about making lotions, but I did finally break down and get one made. Also, I can not make those cute little molded bath bombs that spin and shoot colors everywhere. On the other hand, that is not really what our company is about, so I am happy to make what we do, and leave the fun showy stuff for other companies.
From my understanding, you grow the herbs you have in your items, does that ever delay the creating process?
We do grow a majority of them, but obviously not all of them. Chamomile, for example, I use it so much, there is no way I could keep up with my own stocking needs. I have always been a huge gardener, especially herbs, as I have always cooked with them. I thought I needed my own kitchen garden, so I have always had plenty of dried herbs to use. I also try to use my own rose petals, as I am a huge fan of David Austin roses, and have so many of them in my yard. They have to be one of the most fragrant roses on the market. If I can't get by on my own, I have a very good organic herb and botanical supplier, or I will hit up people at our local Farmer’s Market. I don't grow Loofah’s, but a lady at the Farmer’s Market here does and we always do some trading. I like that, I know where the products are coming from.
What's your favorite part of making skincare and body items that are non toxic and vegan?
I think most satisfaction comes from the customers themselves. You have always got that one person who will tell you that they've been struggling with this or that skin issue and how using your product, or really any vegan, non-toxic product, has made such a difference.
What has been the hardest part of having your own company?
Finding the time. I look at some of these girls on Insta with small companies and they just amaze me. They have families with small kids, some of them work outside the home, and they are still managing to run a business online. They have all my respect. I am home, with just my hubby and I struggle with finding time to fit all things in.
On a brighter note, what inspires you?
Music..nature….I find a lot of inspiration in both of those things. Nature is so beautiful, and surrounds you on a daily basis, I couldn't imagine a better place to look for inspiration. It is full of texture and color…so much out there. Music, it is my love. I listen to it continuously, especially while working. I listen to everything from rock to classical, whatever my mood is that day. A lot of our product titles are lyrics, or something we make will be inspired by a band. We had bath bombs at one point that were called Ziggy Stardust, also one that we made that was inspired by the self titled Blink 182 album.
If you were to recommend another shop, besides your own, which would it be?
I love Beautiful Beings. He is the most creative soap maker, and I just adore his work. The naming of his soap is always spot on with the design. I love the mythical aspect of his work . I also really love Cottagewicks, she speaks to the bit of witch I have in my soul. Her candles smell amazing and she has the best packaging. I inspire to send out packages like she does. They are as much as a treat as the product is!
What do you like to do when you aren't creating these amazing items?
Well I blog, I have a music blog that keeps me really busy. I also garden, but I think my favorite thing to do is curl up on the couch and read my book while my husband is next to me watching a movie. It is usually an every night occurrence.
Favorite place you've ever traveled too and the #1 on your list?
I love the area around Boston. We went last autumn and it was just beautiful. I love anything old, so the buildings and houses were just amazing to me. And the foliage, it was amazing. We don't get the colors they do, down here in the south.
My #1 on my list would be the UK, Scotland and England. I love English history and have since I was a child. I think my own library of Tudor and English history is bigger than most libraries. Again, I think it is the antiquity of it that I love. I will get there, I hope, but there is still so much here in the states I haven't seen that I want to, so I have a hard time justifying going across the big pond until I tick off a few things here.
Has there been a movie or book that completely changed or affected you?
I think as far as books, probably Night by Elie Wiesel. Such a sad and moving book. I always say to myself, it is hard to imagine the cruelty that was the Holocaust, yet that statement is wrong, as it is still going on today with other nationalities. Humans are the cruelest animals on the earth and I just have a hard time understanding why.
Movies, no, nothing I watch could have a lasting affect on anyone. I watch cheesy romantic movies. My favorite movie is Love Actually lol.
If someone was to create a soap that embodied you, what would that soap consist of?
Definitely lavender, and if possible, throw in a guitar player hahah.
Lastly, share anything you'd like! A random fact, a favorite food...anything.
I sleep with my iPod on all night. I fear one day, music will be the death of me, as I often wake up and have the cord of the ear buds wrapped around my neck. I have a few favorite sleep albums I always listen to. Happyness Weird Little Birthday is a favorite as is any Traditional Welsh Harp music. I told you I will listen to any type of music!!!
How lovely is Teri? And I am so with her with the music love.
Speaking of music, if you're curious about her blog, you can find it HERE.
What music artists, songs and albums would you want Teri to make a collection on?