The opportunity to be both creative and scientific was what drew Alex Leemon to soap making. For the founder and owner of Sheldonville Soapworks, the process of making soap requires chemistry and a bit of artistry. "Soap is something that caught my attention," she says. "I'm a very creative person and a little bit of a geek."
Leemon was invited by a friend to take a soap making class. She tagged along and had no idea how taken she would be the process. Her friend no longer makes soap and Leemon has turned her interest into a business. "I didn't know that I would be so drawn into it," she says.
Sheldonville Soapworks uses what Leemon calls the old fashion process, or cold process. For her, it's important to use natural ingredients - vegetable oils mixed with good old lye. "The skin in the largest organ in your body and everything gets absorbed and has an impact on health," she says. "I'm controlling the quality of ingredients."
Leemon adds, "Our products are all natural. We work with a lot of dried herbs, flowers, and plant materials. Our product is as natural and healthy as possible. We have vegan selections."
She also likes to source as much of her ingredients from local producers.
A few of the different types of soaps include the Avocado Sea-Clay Handmade Facial Bar, Blackberry Vanilla Handmade Soap, Citrus Delight Handmade Soap, Cucumber Carrot Handmade Soap, Rose Lavender Handmade Soap and Vanilla Spice Handmade Soap to name just a few. Her soaps are available in Norwood at Inspire Shoppe and The Old Bean Antiques as well as Simpson Spring Company in Easton.
Sheldonville Soapworks also has a full schedule of fairs lined up including the Mother's Day Mania Craft Fair in Franklin on May 5th and Motherly Love Craft Fair in Whitman on May 11th. Sheldonville Soapworks also has an online story.
The Venezuelan born Leemon has called New England home for 16 years and moved to Wrentham with her husband and son 6 years ago. Her background is in sales and marketing. She left her full-time corporate position in March to focus on Sheldonville Soapworks, an operation where she currently handles everything from the creation of the online store, web site, photography and of course soap production. She is also a fitness instructor. But while her business is still very young, she has big plans for it. "I'm very ambitious," she says. "I'd like to take this as far as I can go."