Artemesia Soaps, Salts & Scrubs
6538 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #170
Owner: Tracy Conklin

Talk to me a bit about what services and products your store provides?

We specialize in natural homemade soaps, shea butter lotions, creams and balms. Additionally we make naturally exfoliating sugar, salt scrubs and mineral rich bath salts. All products are made using the best ingredients we could find locally. I also teach classes to those who have particularly sensitive skin. I show how you can make your own products at home based on your skin type.

How did you get started?

Well, I started out like so many businesses do, by making products at home for friends and family as gifts. Everyone loved the natural glycerin soaps I was making, so I thought I would expand to a cold-process that is more complex and produces a better quality soap. Then the business got too big to just operate from home so I opened my shop in Tanque Verde. I haven’t looked back since!

When did you open?

In April, about six years ago.

What was your motivation to open your own boutique?

I came from a very practical family. My dad was military and I was raised to get a good job and save my creative interest for the weekends…but I knew that I needed to explore my creative side. Finally, after brief stints as a civil drafter and graphic designer, I decided it was time to pursue my passion in a more serious way.

Do you anticipate any changes to the business in the future?

Yes! I am exploring the idea of adding a refill option so customers can keep their original containers and just fill up as they need to. That may require a bit more space, but I’m keeping my options open!

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