Meet the Maker: Carriage 44
When we were curating for the November box "Come Together", we wanted to include something cool, something that is a perfect example of the season changing. Luckily, we found this peppermint & rosemary lip balm from Carriage 44, a family-run handmade natural skin care and candle based in Canada. Dry season is upon us, and to survive it with comfort, we must moisturize. We love how Carriage 44 takes its time and takes extra care creating and designing their good quality, handmade goods.
Tell us about your company and the people behind it!
Carriage 44 is a family business founded by mother, son and his wife. Oliver and Hannah developed the brand identity and Oliver’s mom, Florenda, developed our recipes. The three of us still are the core of all sides of business development, imagery, and production.
What brought you to starting Carriage 44?
We founded the business with the goal of bringing good quality, natural products, created with pure essential oils to a new generation. We desired to create a clean, modern aesthetic with traditional, natural soap, candles and skin care products.
What’s the process for making traditional French cold-process soap?
Traditional soap making is quite a long process. We pour our soaps into moulds the day that it is made and then wait a couple of days to hand cut and stamp each soap. Then, each soap has to sit for a month while it cures before it can be used!
Tell us about the peppermint & rosemary lip balm we featured in our November box! How was the process like in creating this one?
This is one of our new products, and we’re very proud of it! The scent is very refreshing and it is made with a very rich, moisturizing base of mango butter, shea butter and beeswax.
What are you looking forward to in your business? Any new products?
2017 is going to be a very exciting year for us! We are working on a lot of new products, so stay tuned!!!!
What has been the biggest challenge in running Carriage 44?
I think with any small business, you can never imagine how much work it’s going to take!
What advice would you share with budding entrepreneurs?
Don’t give up! Branding and imagery is important, but your product has to be amazing to stand out of the crowd and stay there.