Around this same time, I experienced my second miscarriage. I was a bit farther along and the recovery was more physical. I was devastated and beginning to feel hopeless at the idea of ever becoming a mother. But my energy was stronger and I now had something I was very good at creating—soap. I continued selling and making soap as well as trying other things such as candles, lotion and lip balm.
Finally in the fall of 2019, I fell pregnant for a 3rd time. In August 2020, my son was born. Yep, he’s a Covid baby!
During and after my pregnancy, added with the isolation of the pandemic, I found myself doing a lot of self-reflection in what I truly wanted from my business. I realized that I’d felt very out of control during my pregnancy, despite having many privileges. I remember thinking, if I can research my options and confidently stand up for what I want out of this pregnancy, and still struggle to feel heard, I can’t imagine how much harder it must be for other mothers with more disadvantages, such as those who are racially discriminated against, those with less knowledge of alternate options, young moms, and more. That’s when I realized I wanted to make a difference for mothers everywhere. I decided my business would donate a portion of profits to the organization Every Mother Counts.
As a new mom myself, I also wanted my brand to be for busy mothers looking to feel quick moments of peace in their hectic lives because I understood how important those little self-care breaks were. So I crafted a new name and brand design, along with reconsidering my product line. Lastly because I believe in the importance of living a toxic-free life, I reformulated my recipes to remove artificial colorants, artificial fragrance, and any other unnecessary ingredients such as palm-oil.
Alma Sōl means “nourishing soul” in latin and aligns with my vision to help empower women, one bar of soap at a time.
Thank you for listening to my story!
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