In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
Hervor Soaps is a soap and sundries company that focuses on only using an all-natural, holistic approach to skincare with a focus on sustainability. Our soap, skin, and hair products are only made with essential oils and free from any artificial dyes and ingredients such as fragrance oil, and are created in the fashion of the “Old Ways”.
We believe in keeping ingredients simple and as natural as possible to help those with skin issues that can occur naturally and maybe irritated from using commercial products, but our products are made for everyone with any skin or hair type. Other products that we sell are made by artisans who create by utilizing methods that represent ancient arts specifically from the Medieval Era.
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
I have always loved chemistry and biology ever since I was younger and started studying Nursing. Making soap and other skincare products is an ancient art but also very reliant on knowledge of chemistry as well as human anatomical biology. Since I have been in the medical field for many years, this has led to a belief that taking care of your skin is a vital way of feeling well as well as aging well. I truly enjoy researching new information on the ingredients I use and see how they make my products that much better.
As a serious crafter, I need at least one project going on at all times I have self-trained in fiber arts that have stemmed from the Middle Ages that have helped clothe and decorate everyday worn articles to show individuality and skill. These examples of fiber arts include fabric dyeing, sewing, weaving, and embroidery all done by hand.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
Through Hervor Soaps I try to be more interactive with the community, always try to help with charitable donations in causes I believe in, and supporting the different niches in the communities in the North Shore.
I believe that a diverse well-working community needs to have a type of creative collective in art, diversity, and small businesses so that the local microcosm can be pushed to be more involved in the development of future generations.
What was the last book you read or film you watched that made an impact on you?
I just finished the documentary “The Crime of the Century” on HBOMax which goes over the recent trials of Big Pharma companies who developed and essentially pushed opiates onto the market by nefarious means that has led to the Opioid Epidemic we have seen spread over the US and has led to the deaths of over 400,000 people since 1993.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
I am a Historical Costumer and love to create at least one new outfit a year.
My most favorite Pop-Ups and Vending Events allow me to dress up in full historical garb and party like a Viking.