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Daily Inspiration: Meet Amberfawn Cole

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amberfawn Cole.

Amberfawn, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
The Little Fawn Soap Shop was inspired by my beautiful baby girl that was born in 2019 and my lifetime struggle with eczema. I have really sensitive skin and worried that my daughter would too. I had tried so many different products that either didn’t work or made my eczema worse. The only thing that actually worked for me was a natural product.

After such amazing results, I started researching and found that I could make things that were good for my skin without all the harmful detergents and parabens. Most store-bought soaps are NOT actually soap. They strip out all the healthy ingredients that make soap… well soap; they take out things like oils and butters and replace them with harsh chemicals that can be harmful to our bodies. When I got pregnant in 2018, I became really conscientious of the things I was putting into my body because I knew that whatever I was using was going straight to my baby. So that’s really when I started playing around with making my own skincare products. When my sweet baby girl was born, I knew that I wanted to continue making soaps and products that I could use on her delicate skin so that I would know exactly what her skin would be absorbing. Our skin is like a giant sponge; It soaks up everything that we put on it for good or bad. This whole experience has turned into something that I am really passionate about, and hope to continue doing by sharing with the world, one bar at a time…or maybe two or three 😉

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has definitely not been smooth sailing. I started my business right before the pandemic hit and shut everything down. During the shutdown, I couldn’t get my products out to shows for people to see. Trying to run a small soap business solely online has been a struggle and the challenges only grew when I suffered a terrible accident that left me with my femur broken in eight places and knee joint fractured in five places. Being unable to get up brought everything to a screeching hault. Even more so than the pandemic. To me, it was devastating. I thought that I was going to lose everything, including the business I had worked so hard to start. After three months of not being able to get up, I decided enough was enough and by sheer will got my myself to the kitchen for my first batch of soap since my accident. I sat in a chair with my leg propped on another chair and got to work. I was more determined than ever to improve my products and get going again. Here we are eight months after my accident and I am still in the healing process, but that hasn’t stopping me from doing what I love. I am now starting to get out to the local pop-up markets around San Diego and can’t wait to show everyone all of the wonderful products I have to offer.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
At The Little Fawn Soap Shop, we create handmade soap, natural soap, body scrubs, herbal bath salts, bath bombs, lotions, lip balms, washcloths, back scrubbers and soap savers. All of our products are 100% handmade in small batches to ensure the best quality possible. We are continually growing our product lines to meet every unique skincare need. I think what sets us apart is all the research and attention to detail that goes into each product that is made. We use the best ingredients that we can find and put our customers first. We offer fully customized orders for those with sensitive skin because everyone’s skin reacts different.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I think starting a business in general is a big risk. You are investing your time and money into something that can either be a success or failure. Some of the best creations have come from other risks. So I completely believe in taking calculated risks. The biggest risk I have ever taken was starting my actual business. I had family and friends that already loved the things I was making, but it was pretty scary to have complete strangers try my products.

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