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Rising Stars: Meet Savannah Bshara-Corson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Savannah Bshara-Corson.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Back in 2014, my Nana brought me an oatmeal soap she made as a gift that was shaped like a turtle. As a STEM student, I was fascinated with how soap was made so I asked her to teach me how to make it from scratch.

My love for soap making started off as a hobby. After years of practice and dedication, I quit my retail job and decided to start selling my creations to help fund myself through college. Savvy’s Soaps then started selling at farmer’s markets in Menifee and San Diego.

In 2018, I took a break from my soap business to focus on my education and career goals. I earned my bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology while researching in an immunology lab at California State University, San Marcos, in 2018. After graduating, I immediately joined the master’s program focusing on T cells located in the epidermis (Skin!). In 2020, I graduated with my master’s degree.

I am currently working as Senior Bioengineer at a biotech company in Carlsbad, California while bringing back my soap business! I am fortunate to now work with my husband/best friend (Denzel) since he transitioned out of the Marine Corps to focus on his education in computer science. I can’t wait for you to see our upcoming creations.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Most rewarding ventures are not always a smooth road. The costs of starting a business can be expensive. I started with just a few scents of soaps and a tiny stand at Kobey’s Swap Meet in San Diego. I now have over 60 scents and different products including sugar scrubs, sea salt scrubs/bath salts, whipped body butters, and whipped lip butters.

In addition to starting a new business, I continued working on my degrees. Sometimes I needed to take a step back from making soap to focus on my research. I was fortunate enough to research skin cells which tied into my soap business. I was able to learn about how the skin works on a cellular level, which helped me to understand more on how to take care not only my skin but help others as well. Taking a break from my craft was worth it to earn my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I have created soap for seven years and I am confident that my products are not only beautiful but great for the skin. I have branched out into different products such as body scrubs that help exfoliate, body butters that lock in moisture for the skin, and lip butters that hydrate all day long.

I am most proud of my soaps. It can be difficult to make soap with different designs because you are working with sodium hydroxide (lye), which is necessary for soap. It is also important to work quickly because there can be many things that could happen during the chemical reaction such as the soap seizing, overheating, or ricing. I am proud of how far I have come with my designs and my ability to adapt when challenges arise while making soap.

There are so many AMAZING soap makers around the world. I think we all take inspiration from each other but what sets me apart is my scientific background, especially because I earned my master’s working with the epidermis. I’ve formulated some of my recipes to address different skin conditions such as dry skin, acne, and eczema. While addressing these skin problems, I also use soap as an artistic outlet for customers that are just looking for a soap that is pretty and smells good.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I think taking risks is important for growth. I took a risk leaving my retail job to start my small business to fund myself with college expenses. Surprisingly, I made more selling soap than I did working part-time. Definitely worth that risk. I think it is crucial to follow your passions and if taking risks will get you there, start small and work your way up. Start as a hobby, see if there is public interest, then make a business.

Pricing:

  • Soaps $8 and up
  • Scrubs $12 and up
  • Whipped Body Butter $12 and up
  • Lip Butters $8

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