Anyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE me a good bath. I have always been fond of bubbles and just relaxing scents, and when I was introduced to Lush, oh man...the bath bomb obsession started. Not until 2015, did I really start getting into indie brands and makers, who made bath bombs. I knew I loved Lush, and it was trustworthy, so I was always scared to venture into new territory. But alas....I found brands, and makers and a community of people who just overall loved experimenting with scents and colors.
Whipped Up Wonderful is one of those brands. Not only do I love the complex scents, but they are such cute bath bombs, with intricate styles. Plus, the smells are divine, and aren't just earthy ones like Lush. No shade to Lush, it's just nice having floral and fruity scent once in a while.
With that long introduction, and too much talking about bath bombs, let's get to know Alexis of Whipped Up Wonderful.
Let's start this off by asking the one question I'm sure we all wonder....do you take baths with your bombs?
There is a saying: the shoemakers children go without shoes - I actually have my friends and assistance use my products because I never have time to chill out. They test the new scents and styles and send me feedback. When I do, I usually like a bubble bar, or my bath teas.
With that said, how do you create these amazing scents, and adorable designs?
I have a degree in Studio Arts, and my life has always revolved around using color to influence mood. Using my background in color theory, and maybe a little whimsy - I let the fragrance tell me what colors it wants. Though I’m not a synesthetic, I close my eyes, smell the fragrance and let my mind tell me what colors and accents the fragrance wants.
How did creating bathbombs come about? And any thoughts on extending your products?
The honest truth is boredom. I’m not a person who can go extended periods of time with nothing to do. My grandmother had a name for it in Kiowa, which translated to “busy hands”. I was given an article about how the ingredients in our bath and beauty products can be unnatural, non biodegradable, and just general filler. I knew I could follow a recipe and make bread, so I figured making soap couldn’t be that hard. Well, a journey begins with a single step!
Products I’d like to add? Too many to count - this year I want to focus on a gentleman’s brand or unisex line, as well as shower steamers. Of course, I need to bring in actual soap… I make soap for myself, so I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to list it at this point!
What is the one scent you dream of having a part of your line, but haven't mastered yet?
I’m going to have to say a mens line of fragrances. The “pine tree perfume” is too easy and I feel men deserve more than just “generic campfire” scents.
Prior to making your own bathbombs, what brands did you buy and support?
Usually big name brands… since I hadn’t yet begun my journey of making sure the products I used were biodegradable. That’s changed significantly. I buy 99% natural shampoo, I make my own soap, I love Southern Comforts Perfume when I have some money to spare, I make my own lotion so I don’t even buy that anymore! :-( I do love a brand called InstaNatural that is sold on Amazon. They make a killer face lotion and serum for my tired old aging skin :-)
On your free time, what are your favorite things to do?
What is this free time you speak of? :-) I joke - I’m a dyed in the wool home body. When I have free time, which is rare these days - I enjoy gardening, walking around my favorite mall. I like painting still. Lately, I’ve been trying to improve my handwriting, so I got some calligraphy pens and ink. Mostly, it’s TV time with my husband, and three dogs (and 2 buns, but they don’t watch tv).
What is your favorite meal and drink of choice? Of course include desert!
I could eat my weight in Chinese - American versions like orange chicken or more authentic versions like steamed buns and dumplings. I could drink my weight in sweet tea - and that’s TEXAS SWEET TEA: home brewed black tea with good old sugar in it - with my own touch of earl grey to add an extra dimension to the flavor. I’m not as much of a dessert hog as my husband, preferring just a nibble or two of milk chocolate with caramel center. Yum <3
What has been the most enriching part of this entire experience?
The ability to be my own boss. I’ve worked far too many jobs (many at one time) - and not being in control of my own schedule drained me. I get to work when I want, and I stop working - well, when I get hungry. But that is the most rewarding part of this whole wild ride I constructed. Bath Bomb making has also taught me near infinite patience. I might be a saint at this point. A batch can just totally bum out for ridiculous reasons, and I just keep on rolling. No time to get all upset over it! :-)
If you could give a stranger advice, what would it be?
Do not fear failure. Welcome it. Every time I failed, it was a wonderful chance to learn something new.
Name 3 of your favorite things ever.
Texas Sweet Tea (basically my blood type), Miss Fisher’s Mysteries (Essie Davis! Those COSTUMES!), and I suppose my husband, because if he didn’t make the list, he’d be really upset.
What has been a life changing book or movie for you?
Life changing? Oh gosh. That’s hard. My favorite book will probably always be Rebecca. I can’t say it changed my life in any way - but it’s one of those books I can pick up at any time and fall right back into.
What has been one of the best quotes you have ever read and followed?
“We work weekends” - Robert Downey Jr. Is that weird? He said that after someone asked why he was all of a sudden a hot thing again after his crash in the 90s.
The thing that kept me going these last 7 years is that all my sacrificed weekends, all this hard work were building something I could really be proud of.
If you could live the life of a famous person for one day, dead or alive, who would it be?
Another hard one… I think I’d want to be Grace Kelly. I imagine she had a beautiful life, and was such a kind person. I bet living in her shoes for one day would be such a treat.
If someone was to describe you in 3 words, what 3 words would they use?
Industrious, creative, and honest.
Lastly, what is your dream vacation?
A vacation. :-) Actually, if I could go back to St Maarten in the Caribbean, I would do it in a heartbeat. Those blue waters, white sands, and peace and quiet.
There you have it, Alexis in all her glory. Her answers were actually some of my favorites to date. I think she has a real great way with words, and bath bomb making.
If you could have a custom bath bomb made, what scents would you put in them?