On todays Friday Feature I had the pleasure of interviewing Tina Parkes. She is the creator and owner of Stille Owl Soaps, a company specializing in soaps, bath bombs, and my personal favourite, the body scrubs. This was a passion project started by Tina through her major addiction to bath products. Tired of breaking the bank every time she wanted smooth skin and luxurious baths, Tina started to experiment with recipes she was finding online and making her own products.
Soon after learning how to create her own products, a trip to the Oregon Coast including many visits to boutique artisan stores further inspired her love for locally crafted goods. This was the ‘light bulb’ moment when Tina decided to start selling her own bath products. Her first scrub was the ButterCream brown sugar scrub, and it was a hit. After that she started to experiment with more essential and fragrance oils, and Stille Owl Soaps was created.
What are some of your favourite products?
I love the Golden Buddha Soap. It is scented with Nag Champa and is my favourite one to use. My favourite scrub is the Seaside Scrub. It smells amazing, with limes and grapefruit. It is made with mango butter (makes your skin super soft), vodka infused lime, and grapefruit juice. Its a pretty stellar scrub and one that I am quite proud of. I still love making any products with the Buttercream scent – its a staple.
What inspires your collections?
The change of seasons always inspires me to create new scents and combinations. As we head into autumn, I am stocking up and planning new products with scents such as Pumpkin Spice, Hazelnut Toffee, Cranberry Fig, and Pomegranate to name a few.
What advice do you have for other entreprenurs looking to start their own business?
Its funny to even consider myself an entrepreneur – I never imagined having a business. I consider this a passion and a fun craft that I enjoy doing. I love making products for people who love my creations. I make products in my “spare time”, and think of new creations and products usually during a night shift.
Stille Owl Soaps is a passion that is fuelled by people wanting to buy my products. I think for those starting out and doing their own business, you have to love what you do, your passion will shine through and people will love you for that. The enthusiasm and compliments I receive from those trying my products for the first time, and from those that continue to purchase from me, that is what makes me love what I do! –
I’ve personally had a long term love affair with the Stille Owl Soap products! After being introduced to them about a year ago (thanks Marie) my showers just aren’t the same without a Island Coconut or Chocolate Esspresso body scrub.
Let’s show this small business our support! If you would like to try some of these amazing products you can find Tina’s store online at www.stilleowlsoaps.com. You can also like Tina’s page on Facebook at Stille Owl Soaps and get updated on the newest products. If you live in the Okanagan there are also a select few of her products that can be found at the Hatch Winery in West Kelowna.
I am also excited to let you know that by entering Wonderland20 in the comments section when you buy her products, you will receive 20% off your next purchase. So hurry up and place an order, trust me your skin will thank you!