~~~ OUR COMPANY HISTORY ~~~
Katie started making soap at the age of 16 at her family's home school co-op and after a year of experimenting, growing her recipe portfolio, and gaining valuable experience, launched Royalty Soaps on September 15th, 2012. She continued to expand and grow, moving Royalty Soaps out of the family garage, into "Sudsington Palace", a small rented facility just down the road, and then into "Butterfly Cottage", which her parents built on their property.
On May 21st, 2016, we tied the knot and moved into our first apartment, a two-bedroom 950 sqft apartment. Katie continued Royalty Soaps solo in the extra bedroom while Caleb worked outside the home. We found out we were expecting our first child on January 1st, 2017 and started looking for a little house to give our family and business room to grow. We took up residence there in May, Caleb quit his job and became a co-owner of Royalty Soaps in July, and little Lillian Marie was born September 6th, right around the time we realized Royalty Soaps had outgrown Etsy and we needed to branch out on our own! By the end of the year we launched our independent, online shop, and began looking for our "forever" home nearer the ones we love.
In the summer of 2018 our search came to an end, and we made the leap into home ownership! We renovated the free-standing garage and created a studio with the skill and labor of Katie's father Tim, and younger brother Elisha. That year we also acquired our first employees, hiring Katie's two brothers, Simeon and Kenny. Katie's mother Bonnie, also known as "The Queen", began running customer service, and Katie's sister Shelly, came on board part-time, helping out in the studio.
In July of 2019, our city issued an eviction notice and Royalty Soaps had to find a new location in 30 days. During that time, Katie's father, who by this time also worked for Royalty Soaps, created a plan and added on another 750 sqft to Butterfly Cottage so that on the very last day, Royalty Soaps could go back to the home she started in and that's where we are today!
Where are we now in 2021? Our team has grown to include a few folks who aren't family members, Katie's best friend Karoline, and family friends we have known for over 10 years. We are still creating products and shipping orders out of Butterfly Cottage and are hoping to expand our product lines in 2022!
~~~ OUR MISSION ~~~
Our company goal is to create luxury, hand-crafted products that you can be proud to gift to loved ones, display in your home, and use on your skin. We are dedicated to offering you a superior product at an affordable price, concentrating on the details and consistency. On YouTube, Katie aims to provide clean content, act as a consumer advocate for suppliers we believe in, and equip people with the inspiration and knowledge to start their own soap making journey if so inclined. We hope any contact you have with us through YouTube, receiving our products, interacting with customer service, or browsing our website, brings a little more joy and light into your day.
So here we are. And here YOU are! Thanks for browsing our products, believing in our company, and supporting our small, family business! We absolutely wouldn't be here without you and we are so grateful for your investment in our lives!