It’s time for another Indie Vendor Profile! If you missed our first profile in this special series, click here to catch up. Our second featured vendor handcrafts the most amazing bath and body care products. Take a moment and get to know the mother & daughter duo behind The Fanciful Fox.
1. When and why did you start making bath/body products?
Kath, my mother and business partner, and I started making bath and body products about 10 or so years ago. It began as a hobby, between mother, and then eleven year old me. That hobby that stemmed from a candle making kit from an arts and crafts store grew into a downright obsession, and flourished into careers for both of us. We opened our storefront location in 2008.
2. What/who inspires you?
Luckily for us, we have the best friends and customers any small company could ask for. We are so inspired every day by the ideas and successes of the wonderful people around us. Our customers keep us inventing with their awesome product suggestions and words of support.
3. What do you enjoy most about your work and what challenges, if any, have you faced along the way?
The best thing about our jobs is that they don’t feel like jobs. We get to come to work every day and make products, laugh, and have fun. Hand crafting these products is a labor of love, which works out fantastically for our creative sides.
We’ve had challenges, like any other small business. Growing pains, failed batches of products we thought would work out perfectly, but missed the bar, and finding an accountant, because neither of us are “numbers people,” all kind of came with the territory. The best things about our challenges are that we are constantly learning from our failures. Our biggest lesson has been, just because that batch of lotion didn’t work out the first six times doesn’t mean it won’t work out the seventh.
4. What’s an average day-in-the-life like for you?
Our average day goes like this-we come in, make breakfast, talk a little, play with our three shop dogs, procrastinate a little more, and then dive into a frenzy of production. We make batches of several products a day. To keep our products free of nasty preservatives we craft everything in small batches, which keeps us busy.
5. Do you have any exciting projects on the horizon you can tell us about?
Not to sound cryptic, but we do have some exciting news that we will hopefully be announcing within the next few months. Since nothing’s final yet, we can’t really spread the word or get specific at this moment in time. However, we can say we’re super excited, and our New York City (specifically Brooklyn) friends should get excited, too!
Thanks, ladies! You can find a wide variety of The Fanciful Fox products in the Vegan Cuts marketplace. Trust us, you’ll love ’em!