I’ve had itchy, sensitive skin for as long as I can remember. I used a particular commercial brand for most of my life, because it was the only soap that didn’t make me break out in a head to toe rash. In 2009, my mother bought me a big hunk of natural soap from Whole Foods for Christmas. It was amazing! It didn’t cause me to break out and my skin didn’t feel tight like the other soap always made it feel. Being a true do-it-yourself type, I started to research how soap was made. What went in it? What was the process? After reading books and watching videos online, I took soap making classes from another soap maker in the state. I spent about a year tinkering with recipes to create one that had all the properties I wanted. In 2011, I launched Nutmeg Naturals LLC, focusing primarily on soap and other body products.
By the time I was full tilt into soap making, I found myself with a lot of ugly end pieces of soap. We had enough soap for a lifetime, and I wasn’t about to sell those ugly ends, so why not try a recipe of laundry soap? Both my husband and I had to be careful with laundry detergents, again because we are itchy, rashy people when we use the wrong products! We were spending good money buying those “free and clear” brands of laundry detergent, so with all this soap available, I started experimenting with recipes. In a short time, I nailed down my recipe and technique and found that my customers were enjoying the laundry soap as much as we were. Many years and a toddler later, we’re still using my tried and true laundry soap recipe, but now we’re making pounds of soap made specially for our laundry soap.
As a fiber-enthusiast, it only seemed natural to try my hand at making wool dryer balls to go along with my laundry soap. My first few attempts at the dryer balls were disastrous and quite laughable; I’m honestly surprised I ever tried making them again. Once I finally figured out what I was doing, I started making them using yarn from my stash and was so thrilled with them. Well, until that fateful day I opened my dryer to find the rat’s nest of unraveled yarn all throughout my laundry! I have since switched to carded wool for all my dryer balls and have a labor-intense process of wet felting and needle felting each ball several times. The end result is a dryer ball with amazing durability. I have been using my current set of dryer balls for three years, and it turns out the dryer balls have become my best-selling item!