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Meet Judy Balsavich of SunGold Soaps

Today we’d like to introduce you to Judy Balsavich.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Ever since I can remember I have loved to create anything “artistic”.. I will never forget the 1st time I went to a Farmers Market and bought a handcrafted bar of soap. I was instantly in love with the beauty, smell and the feeling it left my skin with!

I spent the next year researching everything I could get my hands on, as it pertained to the art of handcrafted, natural soap making. I started by making soap for friends, family, etc… and it wasn’t long before I was completely hooked! Although at the time, I was working a full-time job, I still managed to find the time to participate, as a vendor at various open-air markets and street fairs… Today, you can find us almost every Sunday (with our SUPER popular bath bombs, beard oils, etc…) at the La Jolla Open Aire Market.

We are also located online at www.SunGoldSoaps.Com and we also attend the world famous Carlsbad Street Fairs in May and November. The thing I love most about my business is the people you meet. You know the saying” Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life”? I can honestly say that today, I certainly do.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I would not say that it has all been smooth sailing. There are a lot of handcrafted soap makers in the industry today. The market is VERY competitive and it is challenging to find ways to stand out in the crowd.

One thing I have always believed is that it is so much better to think of my so-called “competitors” as colleagues and sometimes even friends, who happen to be in the same industry. We really can learn from each other and I am grateful for the opportunity to help others who are starting their own journeys, just like I was able to benefit from others when I started out.

Although confident with my soap making skills, truth be told, I am a very shy person who finds it difficult to reach out and “cold call” the various salons, boutiques, and other merchants who might benefit from knowing about, and carrying, my special line of products. This is a huge challenge for me. Fortunately, once they try my products, the products speak for themselves!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
SunGold Soaps is a company committed to making the very best small batch soap, bath and skin products, using essential oils, natural ingredients and phthalate free fragrances, We carry handcrafted Soaps, Salt bars, Bath Bombs, Beard Oils, Beard Balms, Lotion Bars, Lip Balms, Soy Candles, Sugar Lip Scrubs and Whipped Sugar Scrub is on the way! Sugar Scrubs are an excellent way to exfoliate and moisturize. Customers are in love with our bath bombs!

They are made with Mango and Cocoa Butters to make your skin feel amazing! I’m most proud of how we continue to grow, which is due to the response from our first-time customers and their tendency to keep coming back, and then also refer us to the people they know and care about.

What sets us apart from the rest is our genuine commitment to people. We are as much interested in getting to know them and their families as we are in introducing our line of amazing products. We are a true “people-person” company!

What were you like growing up?
I think one of the reasons I espouse such strong values and life principles, is that I was actually raised by my grandparents. They were amazing people who survived the depression and fostered in us the value of hard work and honest living. I have many fond memories of them both and am so grateful for the love and discipline they afforded me.

I was affectionately called “my shanty Irish girl” by my grandpa, who claimed the nickname matched my red hair and fiery spirit! Before I was allowed to buy my own car, I had to learn to change a tire, change my own oil and rebuild the carburetor on my 76 Ford Pinto. As I mentioned earlier, I have always love building and making things with my hands!

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