Who's That Witch?
Hi, My name is Night Phoenix (Jared), the owner and founder of Arcane Soapworks and resident soap witch/ artist. I'm a solitary witch 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 magick 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 soapmakers, pagan crafters, 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 own skincare routine was lacking joy. An artless, white, generic bar of drying, chemical-laced soap was just not doing it for me anymore. So I said, I'm going to make some witchy occult-type soap for myself. Once I started to make some awesome stuff, there was no way I wasn't going to share this with the world!
Why I Love Soap And Soapmaking?
Soapmaking, to me, is pure alchemy, artistry, and magick, 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, magickal or not!
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.
What's My Inspiration?
I gather my inspiration from years of obsessive knowledge gathering of magick, mythology, fantasy, lore, and just the musings of my dark whimsical imagination. If it's odd and unusual, I just think this can be a beautiful soap. 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!