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Val Ristovski

Val Ristovski, The Soap Artist & Maker

The path that lead me into soapmaking is a result of a series of events I had experienced over the years.  I have always had very sensitive and problematic skin since childhood.  During the harsh winters when the weather is really dry my knuckles actually split and bleed.  In the  summer I burn very easily if I am not careful.  Things certainly caught up with me in 2006 when I had a malignant skin cancer melanoma removed.  Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer.  This single event was enough to trigger my awareness and made me very conscious about what I put on my skin and that of my family.  During this journey of change, we began to focus attention on nutrition and lifestyle and avoided unnecessary chemicals in our home.

 

It was the Spring of 2011 inspiration peaked after my corporate job loss and two months after that a new baby which directed me to get back to my "true self" by helping others and creating.  I decided to read and study many books on soapmaking which began with 25 books. I felt by educating and helping myself I would be helping others by providing an alternative soap product.   I started to make soap for my family and friends and developed a new respect for all of the ingredients that I use.  I decided to focus my energy on creating soap from scratch using a version of the Cold-Process Method. The versitility of soap allows me to be as simple or as artistic as I want to be and have full control of the ingredients.  As for the ingredients, it was an absolute must to decide on the oil base I was going to use and not deviate from "my standard" at the very beginning of this process.

 

Getting into the natural bath and beauty industry is not just about making soap, it is about having experienced some things in this life that makes you change and you embrace living with the "less is more" attitude by decreasing the chemical footprint on a day to day basis.  It is about being open and honest with people, including family, friends, neighbors and customers and sharing valuble information so that others can appreciate handmade products and the  amount of work it takes to create them.   I went through a long road of learning during this process on my own.  It is a very rewarding and gratifying experience and am grateful to have made so many social connections through my soap and other products.

 

My philosophy on soap and its purpose is that using it should be an enjoyable experience knowing that it was made with a lot of effort and care. Getting back to basics and understanding the labor-intensive old-fashioned way of how soap was made many years ago by our grandparents can help reconnect us to something that has been lost in history and replaced by technology and mass production as it exists today. Soap is meant to clean your skin and hair plain and simple. For those of us who are sensitive like myself, as well as those who have developed sensitivities over the years my hope is that you will find relief and perhaps gain insight and understanding about real soap by letting me share it with you.

Respectfully yours,

Owner/Founder of Valganics

Valganics Owner