Andover and Oak, LLC has been in my mind since I was a child. I always knew that I wanted to be the boss, but I didn't know of what. I've worked in small business accounting for most of my career and felt like I was stuck in a rut with the same reoccurring tasks month after month. Quite frankly I was bored. Before my children were born, I used to paint, draw and even sculpt. I needed to add back some creative aspect to my life. I started researching by reading and watching tutorials on different subjects. I watched videos on how to make soap, lotion, scrubs, candles and anything else that looked interesting. I became obsessed with learning. I spent a year researching before I made anything. I took the plunge in 2017 and made my first batch of soap, I was hooked! I found it so amazing that I could take raw ingredients and make a finished product. I knew that this was what I was meant to do, I took my background in business, merged it with my creativity and Andover and Oak, LLC was born.
I spent the next year experimenting with different ingredients to create my soap recipe. My result was Andover and Oak’s Goat Milk Soap. I love this soap. I am so proud of how it cleans and conditions the skin. I worked on my lotion recipe as well and found the right balance of Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil and Shea Butter to make a luxurious hand and body lotion. Foaming Sugar Scrubs rounded out my line of body care. I love how they exfoliate without irritating. I use my products every day, constantly test new products and if I find something that I don’t like then I go back to the drawing board. Not only do I spend time on product testing, I also design the packaging, make the labels, package the products, social media management, website management, marketing, accounting, and anything else you can think of! Of course, my amazing daughter helps me with many of these tasks.
Candles are my latest obsession. I have spent the last several months researching and testing waxes, wicks, vessels and fragrance oils. I am so excited to launch Andover and Oak’s 100% Pure Soy Candles in 2020.
I am so grateful to my family and friends that continually support Andover and Oak. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes, advice and purchases!!!