November 17, 2018

I was privileged to be invited to Patty McNally's recent show "In Our City of Roses Love Wins" art show last weekend at Laurelthirst Pub.

The show included Patty's gorgeous Love Wins graphics on posters, t-shirts and stickers as well as a wide assortment of art prints. 


July 11, 2018

I was thrilled to be invited to sell soap at Oregon Cider Week's Midsummer Night Market in June, but a little nervous (this was my first "real" market experience as prior to this, it was only work events).

It was organized by Reverend Nat's Hard Cider in honor of Cider...

October 7, 2017

I am very often asked which of my soaps is my favorite. I never have a good answer -- I love so many of them! (I wouldn't make them if I didn't love them!) 

But now I have a hands-down absolute favorite.

But it's not for sale.

And I can never reproduce it.

Several months a...

May 23, 2016

After running into embarrassingly low inventory for a while, I ramped up production a month or two ago, so I will now have at least a few loaves fully cured every week for a while now... this week, it was Rosemary Lemongrass (one of my all-time faves!) and Garden Party...

May 14, 2016

Newly cured and ready to be labeled and put in the store!


In front, soap scented with rosemary and lemongrass essential oils, sprinkled with some gold mica (for added glitz!) and decorated with sensuous swirls of turquoise, blue velvet and apple green!


A version of th...

May 10, 2016

I'm so proud to announce that Optimistic Soap is now available at Thea's Vintage Living, in NW Portland!


Thea's beautiful shop is one of the best vintage shops in Portland and a fantastic place to find many wonderful treasures!

May 6, 2016

My hair looks amazing.


And, honestly, I am not at all McBraggy about my looks in general and certainly never about my hair!


In fact, I have despaired over my hair for, literally, decades. I've tried every hair smoothing miracle cure out there (shampoos, gels, smoothers...

February 13, 2016

I'm not a patchouli fan, but I must admit that when used as a subtle basenote for other, lighter scents, it can really add a lot of depth and drama.


In a lovely new slab mold, this is Spearmint Patchouli.


Simply delightful!

January 1, 2016

 2015 was an amazing year for Optimistic Soap! I went from making soap purely for myself and friends and began to explore the possibilities of selling to a wider audience.


And I discovered something even more important.


Soap can be a catalyst for good things.


By using...

December 17, 2015


I chose the name Optimistic Soap not only because I feel it's an adjective that describes me, but I also want this to be part of my company's philosophy.


Today at work, I happened to have a big basket of products that a coworker had brought back to me. Impulsively, I...

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