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  • Writer's picturePauline Susman

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

Updated: Apr 28

You have been buying my soaps for some time now, enjoying the products and the fact that they are handmade. You enjoy supporting your local soap alchemist, the person who puts so much love and enthusiasm into the soap-making process. But who is she? Where did she come from? Do you actually know her backstory other than the fact that she makes soap now?

Well, guess what peeps…you probably need a bit of a bigger picture as to who I am so you can form a better picture in your head the next time you buy a bar of soap from me. Without further ado, here are five things you probably didn’t know about me!

woman making soap

I was born in Algeria

Yep, that’s right! About 50 ago, my parents jumped on their bicycles and cycled/ferried from Holland to Algeria to start work for an international organization. I was born in Algiers and lived there for 2 years of my young life. We would go on to move to various African and Asian countries in the years to come before settling on one property in the Western Cape.

cycling through sand

I Crossed the Atlantic in a Yacht

Many moons ago, when I first moved to South Africa, I met and married my late husband Mark. He lived on a 45-foot yacht and we were young and excited to experience some adventure. So in January 2000, we lifted anchor and sailed to the Caribbean. I had no clue about sailing but learned along the way and we loved the free and adventurous lifestyle! All in all, we cruised for 2 years before returning home. The cruising life was amazing and we created some amazing memories along the way..

yacht in harbour

Before Soaps I Sold Baby Slings!

Julia was born in 2005 and took up a lot of my focus in