Kincardine Business Owner Celebrates International Women’s Day

A KINCARDINE businesswoman celebrates International Women’s Day as she looks forward to the fourth anniversary of her soap-making business.

Lisa McWatt, a former police officer, started SuperflySoap in 2018 after falling in love with the idea of ​​creating plastic-free, vegan soaps inspired by her favorite foods.

And the company really started to pick up steam as it moved into other areas of skin care.

She said: “I was still working when I started and then I was able to walk away from my old job.

“It will be three years in September since I started this full time.

“I had the opportunity to go to Croatia and teach soap making and I couldn’t refuse.

“I started at a time when people were becoming aware of plastic.

“I started out with soaps and lip balms, but now I’m also focusing on skincare – face creams, hair oil, things like that.”

During the pandemic, Lisa found herself surrounded by new brands following in her footsteps and knew it was time to grow her business.

She said: “A lot of people started making soap during Covid so I always have to think one step ahead.

“I loved using handmade soaps and decided that was what I wanted to do. I took a course at Huddersfield and then started creating my own formulation.

“I’m doing well in direct sales and I’ve had 23,000 sales on Etsy. I also sell to stores, but had to cut back on that during the pandemic.

“Stores have come to me on social media asking me to stock my products, and then a lot of people seem to buy things from the stores and then come to me directly for the full range.”

Lisa manages her business on her own, despite the high demand for her products.

“I’m not very good at delegating,” she jokes. “I find it difficult to take vacations because there is no one there for orders and I had thought of doing one of the government programs that would allow me to teach a young person.

“Next thing is different shampoo bars. Mine are very popular, but right now they’re like a bar of soap. I want to make another one, but that’s the start.”

Recently, she was one of the first plastic-free champions of the Plastic-Free Dunfermline group for her focus on creating environmentally friendly products.

International Women’s Day will be celebrated around the world next Tuesday.

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