Entrepreneur Inspired To Create Soaps For Everyone

By Kate Jordan
Times Record, Fort Smith, Ark.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Grandmother Carol Ann Johansson was inspired to launch her business “The Soap Factory” after creating a soap to help her granddaughter with a skin disorder. Folsom said she has dedicated her life to researching and using natural sources into her products to help others who are also suffering.

Times Record, Fort Smith, Ark.

There’s a hidden gem in the heart of Van Buren that began with one woman’s desire to help her granddaughter.

The Soap Factory, 818 Main St., in Van Buren caters to women, men and children of all ages, and offers a variety of more than 100 skin products to treat a variety of skin conditions. The business has been open for 20 years, and began with Carol Ann Folsom’s granddaughter, Melissa Johansson, and her skin disorders.

Folsom’s story began in 1994.

“When Melissa was six weeks old, I quit my job … that I had worked at for almost 15 years. I quit to be able to take care of Melisssa and do all of the things that I wanted to do that I had missed. We had lots of fun,” Folsom said.

Today, they have fun making the products together.

“I have fragrance and essential oils that all come from plant sources, bath soaps, scrubs, sleep aids, lip balms, toothpaste and lotions to name a few to make people feel more comfortable. I use essential oils that cure pain. God created everything that we need. We just have to implement those things (into our lives),” Folsom said.

Products vary in price between $1 to $30, depending on what the customer decides to purchase. Most soap bars are $5.50.
Folsom said she has dedicated her life to researching and using natural sources into her products to help others with skin disorders.

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