Speakers (Who's Who and Wha's What)
Miss Doyle aka Cheryl Mitchell
Cheryl Mitchell is the owner of Miss Doyle's Soapery LLC which is the parent company for Active Duty Soaps brand, Miss Doyle's Supply, and Unique Bath Body & Home Conference and Networking group. She received her B.S. in Business Management, Certificates in Clinical Aromatherapy and Intermediate Herbalist, along with certificates in Essential Oil Safety. She has been teaching for the last 5 years in all things naturally based with new and different recipes and business ideas. She has volunteered with as a board member for the HSCG for 2 years and is currently a part of the SCC St. Louis Chapter as the Chair Elect for 2020.
Known for her creative soaps and eye-catching photography, she is the founder and creative force behind Handmade in Florida, an artisan soap company recognized for its signature swirls, trend-setting designs, and award-winning soaps. The concept of Handmade in Florida was born alongside her son in 2007. As a new mother and member of the corporate management team, she decided to trade-in her fast paced, jet-setting career to enjoy motherhood and what some folks term, "the simple life". Zahida's journey has been anything but simple! What began as a creative outlet has blossomed into a global brand -- nurturing creative freedom, while also quenching her thirst to run a world-class business. For additional information, please visit Handmade in Florida on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
Soaping since 2003, Ariane C Arsenault is established in the Magdalen Islands, Canada. Born on an island and raised on a sailboat, Ariane’s product lines are inspired by the seaside. Always in search of new designs and colour combinations, her soaps, solid shampoos, bath bombs and other handmade cosmetics are both stunning and stylish!
Ariane specializes in Cold Processed and Melt & Pour soaps and decided to perfect her makers’ skills with bath bombs and solid shampoos in the past years. Handmade cosmetics are part of her daily job and she will share some well-kept secrets with you!
In Canada, she is known as a leader in the industry, she was an occasional writer for the Handmade Magazine as a Cold Process author, she was an occasional contributor with Modern Soapmaking and the Lovin Soap blogs and she was published in the collective “Naturally Saponified, An International Gallery of Artisan Soaps”. She is very active on social media and soaping forums.
Selected by YouTube NextUp, Class of 2017 to take part in a full week of training at the YouTube Space New-York, her YouTube channel is ranked among the top in the soapmaking community. https://www.youtube.com/user/AudreeSoluna Both her channel and her Facebook page are places where soapmakers go for inspiration. https://www.facebook.com/LaFilledelaMerSavonnerieArtisanale https://www.lafilledelamer.com
Lisa Keenan, Ph.D.
Lisa started soap making over 7 years ago, when she was inspired by “chill pills.” While working full-time at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and pursuing her doctorate degree full-time, she was also working nonstop nights, weekends, and brutally hot summers building her soap making business. Her small soapmaking gig soon became an addiction. She completed her doctorate in 2014, and in 2016 she gave up her university position to “work harder for less,” by opening a brick and mortar store. One thing led to another and now she handcrafts over 15 different skincare products with over 100 natural and synthetic aromas. She is a passionate educator who enjoys sharing her wisdom about making skincare products and business operations with anyone who is also driven to succeed.
Jo HaslauerJo has always had a love of plants and soaping so it made sense for her to create a brand around natural plant colors. In 2014 she was able to produce consistently, (using only plant colorants), similar colors to those original micas. She brings her expertise of infusing plant colorants in oils for their color and herbal properties to make beautiful hand crafted lye soaps.
Being exposed to soap-making was just one of the many things Robert Lackie was familiar with as a young boy growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas. Many years later, he learned about artisanal luxury soap and was hooked after making his first batch. Today, Robert is the owner of KC SOAPAREE, an artisanal soap company located in Overland Park, Kansas (a Kansas City suburb). Like many, he continues to look for ways to represent his brand in the best way while juggling many other roles. For more than 20 years, Robert has worked as a licensed professional mental health psychotherapist and registered art therapist. He holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy, as well as a Master of Science in Art Therapy. He is actively involved in many aspects of charity fundraising, design, and delivery of goods and services to people in his community. Robert is an outspoken disabilities advocate and a national spokesperson for art therapy in the schools. He was chosen by the Kansas Board Of Education as the 2010 Educator of the Year for Arts and Disabilities. That same year, he was named the Clinician of the Year by American Art Therapy Association for his outstanding work with children and adolescents. Robert’s artistic repertoire also includes interior and event design, making jewelry, custom sewing, painting and ceramic arts, and blending new and different essential oils and fragrances for his products. He won the category of Best Scent at the 2017 HSCG’s Soaper’s Showcase. His substantial resourcefulness and talent is only surpassed by his warmth and genuine friendliness, compassion, and generosity to share his knowledge and wisdom with others.