Maker Profile: Victoria Jacyshyn of Lone Goat Soap Co.
Meet the Maker is a series focusing on showcasing and supporting up-and-coming designers, artists and creatives. Introducing Victoria Jacyshyn of Lone Goat Soap Co., an Pemberton-based line of artisan soaps that have certainly been a treat to our skin.
Who are you and what do you design?
My name is Victoria Jacyshyn and I am the owner of Lone Goat Soap Co., a handcrafted soap company based out of beautiful Pemberton, BC. Our bars are crafted with a base of locally sourced goat’s milk and organic extra virgin olive oil to create a rich, nourishing bar. We strive to use mainly locally sourced and organic ingredients where possible.
Tell us a bit about how you got you to where you are today.
I was visiting my mom in Ontario in March 2014 and she had just taken a soap-making class through the local library. She came back from the class so inspired and excited about soap. She was so impressed with the lady who held the class that we went to her shop the next day to check it out. I was a bit skeptical at first but once I got there, my feelings instantly changed. This soapmaker was so enthusiastic and passionate about her craft and so willing to pass it along. I did a class with her and was instantly hooked. At first I started making it at home just for fun and experimenting, but it slowly developed into a small business as friends became interested in what I was making.
If you could choose one word to describe your collection what would it be.
Nourishing. I choose my ingredients very carefully and everything that goes into the bars has a purpose, to nourish.
I’d love to say I’m an early riser, but I am absolutely not a morning person. Once I am out of bed though, the first thing I do is is eat a good breakfast and have a cup of tea. I love food! Once I’ve digested, I take the dogs for a nice walk or bike ride.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everything about Pemberton inspires me! The people in this town are so special. Everyone is so passionate about supporting local companies and being eco-conscious. And the farmers here that put so much time and love into their land to supply our area with amazing products.
The nature that surrounds this valley is also so inspiring, especially Mount Currie. It’s a really powerful feeling when you look up at this massive, perfect mountain that just towers over the town, almost as if it’s watching over and protecting us.
Tell us about maintaining a balance. Do you?
One of my favourite parts of being my own boss is that I get to make my own schedule. This gets tricky though in regards to balancing work and play time. It’s very tempting somedays to put my work on the back-burner, but too many ‘fundays’ in a row and I find myself falling very behind in production.
Is there a designer or brand with whom you’d love to collaborate?
I already feature Namasthé Tea Co. in my REFRESHMINT BAR, but I would love to do more with Isabelle. She is so knowledgeable when it comes to wild foraging and I would love to pick her brain and learn the art from her. I have done some experimental bars with ingredients that I have foraged for myself but I’d love to create one to add to my collection.
What advice would you give someone who is looking to launch their own business?
If there’s something that you need that will help make things more efficient, get it. When I first started out, I had the hardest time trying to maintain my stock because I only had a few molds to work with. Even though I was always stressing and rushing around trying to make as much soap as possible, I was never able to keep up. I was hesitant to buy more molds because of the investment, but I finally did and it was the most helpful thing I ever did. Now I still rush around and make as much soap as possible, but I have a stockpile that I can rely on. Being prepared for anything really opens up a lot of doors for you such as last minute openings in markets and new retailers.
What’s next for you?
I have created a few new bars that I am expecting to release for the holiday markets, as well as a few totally new products. I am looking to expand to more stockists throughout BC. And you can expect something very exciting to happen by Spring 2016, no hints though as I don’t want to jinx it :)