My Soaping Journey
Hello, my name is Amy Amado. I'm originally from Los Angeles, California, but have lived in Boise, Idaho for nearly 20 years. I attended Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA and received my baccalaureate degree in nursing. The day after graduation, I moved to Idaho to start my career as a nurse in the NICU. I love taking care of babies. . . I've been doing it for 18.5 years! The thing about nursing though, is that it is quite a stressful job. You've seen the highest highs and the lowest lows. It's important to have an outlet when things get stressful. Over the years, I've become a master of several home arts. I started sewing at fourteen years old and have sewn close to twenty-five elaborate costumes for my kids over the years. I also am a knitter and regularly enter into the Western Idaho Fair that comes to Boise each summer where I have won first prize thirteen times. I enjoy painting, bead arts, and cooking too! Out of all the handcraft art I've done, none have been as interesting, relaxing, and satisfying as making cold-process soap. I really love making something that is beautiful, functional, and utilized at one of the most relaxing moments of a person's day. . .in the shower. It's such a juxtaposition to being a part of the most stressful moments of a person's life.
My soapmaking journey actually started with my husband when he mentioned that he was going to start using handcrafted real soap because he had read that the chemicals in some of the products we put on our bodies can affect the way that our bodies work. As a nurse, I am keenly aware of the effects that chemicals, medications, and environmental influences can have on the human body. . . I'm often taking care of babies that have been affected by these things. After doing a bit of research, reading a bunch of books, watching a thousand videos, and generally falling down the rabbit's hole, I decided to dive in and get started. With the help of my husband, Light Bearer Soap Co. was born. We decided on this name for our company because of our love for Jesus Christ and our calling to be light bearers in a world that is often very dark.
My primary goal for Light Bearer Soap Co. is to make a bar of soap that is gentle and nourishing to the skin that leaves you feeling clean, but not dry. Many commercial soaps are made in such a way that glycerin, a natural byproduct of the saponification process, is removed from the product to be used in other applications. Glycerin is a humectant, which means that it draws moisture into the outer layers of the skin from the air and deeper layers of the dermis. In homemade soap, the glycerin is still present. Studies have shown that glycerin hydrates the outer layer of the skin, helping the skin to perform better as a barrier and optimizing skin's mechanical properties. My secondary goals for this company is to make something really beautiful to look at. Sometimes, experiences in life can be so ugly! It's nice to just have something non-controversial to look at and admire. Finally, it really gives me great joy to know that I'm producing a useable product. While these soaps may be pretty darn "fancy", they are for every day use . . . and there's always more from where that came from :) Thank you for going on this journey with me and my family!