Sparklefly Candle Company Spotlight on Cloud Nine Soap Co.

by Anne Marie Esposito, President and Founder, Sparklefly Candle Company, Inc.

In my ongoing quest to bring inspiration to your day; Sparklefly Candle Company has reached out to some other amazing entrepreneurs to share their stories and products. As always, I encourage you to explore these small business owners with me and remember to shop small this holiday season and all year round.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
― Helen Keller

This week I deliver to you, Lisa Thorstenson of Cloud Nine Soap Co. I had the opportunity to build a relationship with Lisa over the past year.  Her drive and perseverance is inspiring and her approach to life is refreshing; not to mention she makes a beautiful line of bath, body and home products.  Check out her story!

Q: Tell me about Cloud Nine Soap Co. and how you got started?
Cloud Nine Soap Co. officially launched in 2010 but I have been a hobbyist for many years, my whole life really. Having a creative outlet is what gets me through the difficult times in life. I divorced in 2007 and part of the fall-out was having to close my bricks and mortar gift shop in 2009 when my son's father moved out of state and I found myself in a child care crisis and on very shaky ground financially. 

I'm an R.N. by profession and I was at a cross roads; I could go back to work as a nurse making great money but that also meant enormous stress and crazy hours, OR, I could gamble with the money I'd saved and bootstrap a soap business. I knew that this would also be enormous stress and crazy hours but it would allow me to be home with my son and do something that I completely love. I went for it, and I went all-in from day one. To supplement my start-up and gain exposure (I had zero marketing budget or dollars), I accepted a job as the Market Manager of our local Farmers Market and it was here on Saturdays that I began selling my soap and gained my reputation for high quality soaps. I credit those years to my loyal customer following today. Fast forward 3 years - I took another leap of faith and resigned from the Farmers Market in 2012 to work full time in my craft.


Q: What is your favorite aspect about being a small business owner?
The freedom it provides me.

Q: What should a customer expect from Cloud Nine Soap Co.when making a purchase?

To be absolutely delighted! From the ease of ordering to the opening of their box, I want it to feel like Christmas.

Q. What are some of your best selling products? 

French Lavender Soap, Goats Milk Soap, Jasmine + Sweet Orange Soap, and Rock Star Soap.



Q: Who or what has been the biggest inspiration for you?

Simplicity and beauty inspire me. Finding both purpose and balance, which I believe to be the secret to happiness, sustains me. This carries over into my work ethic and my product formulations.


Q.:Do you have any special events or offers coming up?
I am going on the Indie Business Network Cruise in February and that's about the most exciting thing I can imagine: sun,

fun, networking and masterminding with some of the top creatives in the industry.

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Make sure to say hello to Lisa in the comments and stop by her store to Shop Small this season. :)