MEET THE FOUNDER AND TEAM
Emlyn Roesler (she/her) - Founder and soap maker
Kumusta po (hello)!
Hey there. I'm Emlyn, founder and "Soap Lady" of Solid Soaps. The idea for soap making started in 2013 when I wanted to make presents for Christmas. I bought a melt-and-pour kit from the craft store, and I cut out fun shapes with cookie cutters. I made John a T-rex soap with a red heart. :)
That M&P soap I gifted in 2013 was made with all the love I put into my cold-process soaps now. Only now I actually use science (and maybe a little magic) to make my creations.
Solid Soaps officially became a business in April 2018. Since then, I’ve committed to this business wholeheartedly, with full intention of delivering to you luxurious bars of soap and bath/body products made with minimal waste, packaged with recycled and/or compostable materials, and conscious of the environment.
Solid Soaps creates consciously-crafted soaps using the cold process method. I use phthalate-free fragrance and essential oils, natural colorants and botanicals, and all products are vegan. I design all of Solid Soaps' products with simplicity in mind.
I became a full-time small business owner in April 2021. My last day as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in general cardiology / congestive heart failure was April 29, 2021. As much as I loved my job and cardiac patients, I felt like I was ready to do something different. Circumstances at work made 2021 the perfect opportunity.
The idea behind the name, Solid Soaps, is from a doodle I made on June 15, 2008 while waiting for John to finish work! It’s of my right hand (because I’m left handed).
Solid Soaps changes a mundane task into a luxurious ritual, making it the perfect, practical, and consumable gift. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your daily routine.
Bar soap is here to stay, people! Make it worthwhile.
PS: Check out my awards and press page! I've never been on TV or in print until I founded Solid Soaps, so I'm mighty excited to share these with you.
Claire Patrick (she/her) - Solid Soaps assistant extraordinaire
Claire has been working with Solid Soaps since late-March 2023. Previously in interior design and home staging, burnout had her seeking new, creative opportunities. Originally from Tyler, TX, she has lived in Austin with her husband, Chance, for 16 years.
Claire helps with all the hands-on things: cutting soap, beveling, labeling, sorting, stamping, printing, packaging orders, quality control, etc. She seriously can do it all. I make the soaps, and she makes them presentable to you all! If you've bought soap from me, then chances are they've been graced by Claire's hands.
Salina (she/they) and Priscilla (she/her) - Solid Scents candle makers