Product Body used to have a store front in Jupiter, in the same county I live down in sunny South Florida, and I kick myself daily for not popping in to check out all of Joanna's products in person. But alas, Product Body is offered exclusively online now. *Sigh* Now I just lust enviously at all of her gorgeous photos of soaps and butters. I can see that I'm going to have to buy some Product Body supplies ASAP. Who can resist fresh?
Here is my interview with Joanna. She's shared all of her dirty little secrets. OK, she hasn't but that doesn't mean it's any less interesting. Hope you enjoy learning more about Joanna as much as I do. Let the interview begin!
Name of Business: Product Body
Website: http://www.productbody.com/ and also http://www.productbody.etsy.com/
Blog: http://productbody.blogspot.com/ and http://thesoapbar.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ProductBody and also http://www.facebook.com/joannaschmidt
What types of products do you sell?
Handmade cold process soap, sugar scrubs, balms, milk bath, salt bath, lotion and perfume oils.
How did you get into this business?
I've told this story so many times people are probably getting bored. Lived in NY and my hands were dry and cracked and the skin on my whole body itched because of it. When I moved down to Florida and my youngest son was old enough to go to school, I attempted to make my own moisturizers because I was never satisfied with any of the ones I had tried.
At the beginning I got it from my need for better skin care, but now I get it from my customers and peers. When it comes to soap, though, I get inspiration everywhere. There is beauty in food especially and I'm not just talking about desserts. Desserts have the most gorgeous elements which spark my creativity in the soap lab more than anything else. I also live near the beach and go there quite often with my kids. Playing with wet sand and making drip castles can work wonders later in the lab!
Are you a member of any related organizations or do you have any special related certifications, etc.? I am a member of HSMG - I love them.
What is your favorite product and why? (That you make, of course)
I love Crush On You because I use it every day to wash my hands of greasy or stinky kitchen stuff like onions or meat or whatever. It cleans, scrubs and moisturizes and smells good, too! And because I make it, I can make it in any scent I want. ;)
What are your business dreams for the future?
That's not too big of a dream.
If you could give advice to other bath and body or candle businesses, what would it be?
Make sure you have unique and professional looking packaging before you even start trying to sell. This will start you ahead of the game.
I'm a little miffed that I can't particpate in these contests cause I really would like to win. Oh well, I will truly be excited for anyone that can pull this off and win. So I'm giving you all one week to post your answers. Don't wait though because the winner is the FIRST person with the right answers. Entries due by 11PM on June 3rd.
If you don't already follow the Product Body blog, you are missing out. Go there right now and start following. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Plus Joanna keeps you in stitches on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to check out her website and social media sites as well. You won't be disappointed.
The Bonnie Bath Co.
Natural, handmade bath and body products.