Tricia makes everything from beautiful soaps, wax melts, bath bombs, lotions and lip balms. All the products are handmade and contain whole and raw ingredients in them. Tricia’s husband is in the Air Force and next month he will be 14 years active duty! They currently live in Hampton, Virginia at Langley Air Force Base.
What made you decide on this career path? I believe this career path chose me! I have always found artisanal soap making fascinating! One day I decided I would order in a few things and try making a loaf of simple soap. My first bar was an orange and tangerine soap, I actually still have a bar of it to remind myself of where I started. One bar turned into 10 and 10 quickly turned into 100. From the very start, I was hooked! After posting photos on social media, I started a small group and began testing out my bars. From there we grew to include body butter, lip balms, and now bathbombs that are all handmade in house.
Where have you lived and what has been your favorite base so far? We were stationed in Tokyo, Japan at Yokota AFB for 3 years and it was absolutely my favorite! The culture, food, and experiences are something I will carry with me always.
What is the biggest challenge of being a military spouse and pursuing your career? The biggest challenge is likely moving with my business, however, moving with my business gives me the opportunity to reach new people and form new business relationships. We really try to go into each day viewing our challenges as more of an opportunity for something new!
What are your other hobbies? I am a total book nerd! I could read all day every day! I am also still in school, not sure if that can be considered a hobby but it certainly takes up a fair amount of my time!
What are some benefits of being a military spouse as a business owner? The people that you meet are a huge benefit! I have met some of the most amazing people over the past 14 years! So many of them support me in my business, without them there wouldn’t be a Sugar Bean Soap Co!
If you could, what advice would you give yourself when you first started your business? Go for it! I was very scared to take on another business that I was so new to, I would tell myself to learn everything that I could and to not be afraid to take the leap!
Photo Credit- Carrie Brown, @theninestudiosga