It's definitely a labor of love!
Ruta Qureshi, Master Soapmaker
Growing up in North Dakota, Ruta always had a great appreciation for nature and the outdoors. Her father was an organic chemist and her mother was a creative, artistic homemaker, giving her a perfect background for her soapmaking future. “It is the perfect combination of science and art”, she laughs. “The scientific part of the saponification chemical reaction is fascinating and it definitely gives me a creative outlet”.
After graduating from George Washington University with a BBA in Marketing, she worked several years in retail as a manager, eventually moving to a job for an insurance company working as an Underwriter. When her company went through a merger, she decided she needed a change, so had a stint as a Zookeeper at an Animal Park, and quickly worked her way to General Manager. All of this experience gave her a thorough business background for her eventual business and homesteading on the farm.
Working from her basement soap kitchen, she made soaps at least 3 days a week to keep up with demand, and also sold soap at Farmer’s Markets in the area, provided soap to a variety of luxury hotels in the Washington DC area, and was carried in a limited number of specialty stores.
After the move to the beautiful Gulf coast area, she makes soap in the on-site soap kitchen in their boutique in the SanRoc Cay Entertainment District.
It is very labor intensive since her oils come in 50 pound buckets and involve a great deal of carrying and lifting. However, it is a labor of love as she really enjoys experimenting with soap recipes, ingredients, and tries to find time to explore new products for her loyal customers.