About Our Archmage
Hi, My name is Jared Hadaway (Night Phoenix), the owner and founder of Arcane Soapworks and resident soap mage/ artist. I'm a magic lover and creative introvert with a fine arts background. I like to be more behind the scenes, but I'm coming out from behind the veil just for you
I'm excited that you are here and ready to take in the magic of Arcane Soapworks!
Why I Started A Soap Brand?
I began to make soap on a whim, as many things in my life's journey have started. I was obsessed with looking at soap makers, and fantasy artists on YouTube. I got inspired by their creativity and the beauty of their work. So one day, I just said, I NEED to do this too! My other reason was that my skincare routine was lacking any excitement for me. Just regular bars of soap with no story, no sense of fantasy stopped doing it for me. So I said, I'm going to make some magical fantasy-type soap for myself. Once I started to make some awesomely cool stuff, there was no way I wasn't going to share this with everyone!
What's My Inspiration?
I gather my inspiration from the fantasy world. Whether it be books, video games, tabletop RPGs, or mythology. If it's odd and unusual, I think this can make a beautiful soap. The world of fantasy has soo much to offer so there are always new and exciting designs to explore. Cthulhu tentacles on a soap? 100% YES! Giant eyeballs in the middle of pipped flowers? 1000% YES! I love to come up with new ideas, and thank you for coming along with me on my journey!
Why I Love Soap And Soapmaking?
Soapmaking, to me, is pure alchemy, artistry, and magic, all in a symbiotic dance. Even simple bars of soap are enchanting in their chemistry. I fell in love the first time I poured the emulsified ingredients into a mold and cut my first bars of soap! There are soo many possibilities in design techniques and knowledge to learn. I could never get tired of it. If there is one thing, I am a glutton for new knowledge, especially fantasy!
I love soap because it's such a personal item, and to me, it's one of the ways you express self-love by taking care of your skin. Handmade artisan soaps do this flawlessly and don't leave you dry and un-replenished as many commercial soaps do. You can tell the difference once you start to use cold process soaps in the way you feel after a shower.