By Victoria Lusk
American News, Aberdeen, S.D.
Simple. Honest. As natural as possible.
That’s how entrepreneur Sarah Simmons describes her business, Pip’s Squeaky Clean Soaps, which will host its annual holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. There is one small change, though — the location.
Simmons has leased space in the downtown Aberdeen’s Citizen’s Building, 202 S. Main St., mostly for production purposes.
Business has been growing steadily, so much so that “I had to get it out of my kitchen,” she said.
Simmons began crafting her business in 2011.
“I wanted something with less ingredients that was more natural for my kids,” she said.
Her two boys not only inspired the products, but they are also the boys behind the face and name of the business.
“My husband convinced one of our boys that he had two middle names. Pipsqueak was one of them,” she said.
And the image on Pip’s logo is a rendering of both of her children’s faces combined, she said.
Even before she started Pip’s, Simmons had years of experience, first making her own lip balms and lotions.
During the past month, she has been busy moving her materials and product. With success, Simmons remains humble.
“I’ve always tried to do the right thing. I always try to be honest,” she said.
Pip’s products include lip balm, lotion bars, perfume, body butter, sugar scrub, bath bombs and, of course, soaps. Her best-selling products are her lip balms and soaps.
“A lot of people use it because it’s different from soap in a store,” Simmons said.
All of Pip’s Squeaky Clean Soaps’ products are available locally at Centsable Fashions, 715 Sixth Ave. S.E. Natural Abundance, 112 N. Main St., carries Pip’s essential oil and unscented products. Webster residents and visitors will find Pip’s at Perfect Pickins, 700 Main St. Simmons also is also at Aberdeen’s downtown farmer’s market from June through October, Winterfest (except for this year due to a scheduling conflict), Arts in the Park and few vendor fairs.