Meet the Maker
LGL Soap Designs was created by Lori, a biochemist turned soap maker. Lori grew up in New Orleans and frequented the nearby Louisiana marsh with her family. Her father is a professional artist who would go on these trips to the marsh with a camera to capture images of the wildlife as reference for his painting and carving. This constant exposure to painting, drawing, photography, and nature cultivated a love of both science and art in Lori. She pursued a career teaching both biology and chemistry and took up watercolor painting as a hobby.
As a graduate student, Lori taught a soap making lab. She remained interested in the chemistry of soaping, but didn’t take it up seriously as a hobby until she took a class to learn about using different colorants and fragrances in soap. Then she was hooked. She couldn’t stop making soap. She gifted it to everyone and was eventually asked if she would sell it. Friends wanted to give her soaps to their friends and family as gifts.
Soap making is the perfect combination of chemistry and art for Lori. Saponification is the ancient chemistry of mixing various oils with sodium hydroxide (lye) to produce soap and glycerin. Lori has enjoyed developing her own recipes, mixing oils at different proportions to give just the right feel to the soap- the right lather, moisture, and hardness to the bar. She enjoys making her products from scratch, selecting each ingredient for a specific reason. After doing all the careful calculations and measuring, then Lori’s artistic side kicks in, deciding on colors, scents, and designs of the soap.
Lori's soap making evolved into a business at just the right time for her. After struggling with day care and working, she decided to stay at home and work only occasional jobs when her second child was born. Turning her soap making into a business allowed her the flexibility she needed. She still had the fulfillment of work, especially with running a business that was her own.
Lori's business has taken her, not just into online selling, but also into the Baton Rouge area community. Lori's involvement in local gift shops and markets has linked her to other local entrepreneurs. Here she found an unexpected connection and is motivated by their creative and entrepreneurial spirit.