I’m Elizabeth- owner, soap maker, order packer, customer service rep....you’re getting the picture right?
I started making goat milk soap in 2019 labeled under our farm name, Cross the Creek. I really LOVE our goat milk soap, but it started nagging at me early on that under our farm name everything I created had to include a product from our farm. I was full of creative ideas better suited for other types of soap.
In early 2021 I decided to take the plunge; start over at ground zero building a new brand: and embrace a wider variety of soaps— and so Salty Crossing Soapery was born.
I love pushing the limits of my skill to create unique soap designs. I am a self-taught artisan, relying on trial and error mostly, with a bit of help from other soap makers who generously share their knowledge online. My fancy soaps are created through a multi-step process that begins with the graphic design of the soap; computer drafting of any necessary tools; and 3D printing those tools. It is not unusual for a soap to be in this planning and preparation stage for days or even weeks before it is poured into the mold. I enjoy every step of the process- with the exception of the dishwashing at the end!
I grew up on the eastern shore of Maryland. Though I do love our little farm in the foothills of the Smoky mountains, it would be fair to say the Chesapeake and the Atlantic will always have my heart. When you see that I’ve made yet another water or beach themed soap, know that’s just my way of pouring a little piece of my heart into the mold.
I share my life and home with ‘my boys’- husband and son- and chaos is the word I typically choose to describe that life. Currently 17 goats, 2 chickens, 3 dogs, and a cat live on our farm. There’s never a dull moment here, and while I complain about it often, I don’t know that I would really want it any other way.
Family and goats and soap take up just about all of my time, but I occasionally find a few minutes to quilt or make some jewelry as well. (Exciting, right?)