Lisa Rubenstein and Terri Garber, two sisters born and raised in Miami, Florida, have discovered the beauty and creativity in making soap.
“It really started with my sister” says Terri, “ she showed me how to make it and I completely fell in love with it. For me, it combines creativity and science”.
Terri loves to learn from her sister, “Lisa is an artist at research because she loves learning how other people soap and the science that’s involved. She also uses different and imaginative ingredients.” Terri explains.
The sisters pursued their soap making with soap-making books, YouTube videos, and others in the soap crafting community to help create the unique combination of scents and colorants that go into their soaps.
They use the purest essential oils for the scents that will stay with the soap well after they are made. The colors are made from various roots, powders, purees, infused oils and other natural colorants. All combined makes for a wonderful bar of soap.
The soaps are made with all natural and organic ingredients. That’s something that the sisters feel is important.
Lisa is an artist with a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Yale and a former International runway model. Terri is a former actress, and has starred in shows such as DYNASTY, NORTH & SOUTH, GENERAL HOSPITAL and AS THE WORLD TURNS (to name a few). Thrilled to be working together, the sisters are enthusiastic and inspired by the new direction their lives are taking them.
“It all happened quite spontaneously. We just started to soap. We found we had too many soaps for our New York apartments and offered them for sale on Facebook.” The response was overwhelming. They sold out in a matter of days. They repeated this with the same results. The sisters found a way of fulfilling their own creativity while making enough money to pay for their new passion.
Both Lisa and Terri live and soap in New York City.
In order to make the product called soap there is only one requirement - which is two ingredients - oil and lye. The admixture of these two ingredients causes a process called saponification whereby the two materials are transformed into a third completely new material leaving behind no trace of the two original materials. So, in the final product there is no oils, there is no lye - there is just soap. Pure soap. That's alchemy!
Now for the Sisters part.
In addition to the oils and lye we use many different ingredients depending on the process we’re using, and the type of soap we'd like to make. It’s important to us to have the best ingredients from reputable vendors. We did a lot of research to find out who carries organic, unrefined, non-GMO, and high quality ingredients and that’s who we use.
All of our soap bars are made from scratch. We use all natural products such as cocoa butter, shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, avocado oil, sustainable palm oil, and olive oil to name but a few. Our essential oils are organic, whenever possible, and our colorants are completely natural consisting mostly of herbs, roots, and leaves in oil infusions
Not to limit ourselves, we make a diverse selection of soaps; some of our soaps have animal products such as tallow, lard, goat’s milk and yogurt, while others contain only vegetable products - they are vegan. We also have a palm-free soaps as well.
So you can be sure that when you’re buying from SistersAlchemy, you are buying all natural, handmade, soap bars. We know you’ll love them as much as we enjoy making them!